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Jayce Landberg: The Forbidden World
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Jayce Landberg: The Forbidden World

Melodic Hard Rock

The last we heard a solo project from guitarist and composer Jayce Landberg was a decade ago with Good Sleepless Night. But the artist has kept busy releasing the four song EP Promise Of Asgaard in 2013 and the single The Thorns in 2015. The following year he organized the Viking metal band Bleckhorn which would release the EP Dragonfire in 2019. Now Landberg returns with his long-awaited third solo album, The Forbidden World, reuniting with vocalist Goran Edman. The new album features, at the start, two songs from the Promise Of Asgaard EP: the title cut and Never Love Again.

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Within this new album, you'll find mostly melodic hard rock as the platform for Landberg's skillful neo-classical guitar work which means large and soaring guitar solos throughout. His guitar style will remind some, perhaps many, of Yngwie Malmsteen.

But there are some nuances to the songs. For instance, the previously mentioned Promise Of Asgaard ventures into Viking metal, yet with a touch of harpsichord-like keys and a choral-like chorus. With God Is Dead you'll hear something of a Middle Eastern feeling as the song rises more steady, perhaps heavier, before you get to the guitar solo. Alternatively, Russian Roulette romps along like straight-up melodic hard rock. Ghosts Of Venus is an instrumental number which features Landberg's riffs, rhythm and groove, and abundant guitar solos. Perhaps a ballad or a more a subdued rock song, Don't Believe features Swedish pop rock singer Erika Norberg as the guest vocalist in the first half of the song, a lengthy Landberg guitar solo in the latter half. Mostly, if you like neo-classical, guitar-forward, melodic hard rock, then you will appreciate and enjoy Jayce Landberg's The Forbidden World.

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The Bottom Line

If you like neo-classical, guitar-forward, melodic hard rock, then you will appreciate and enjoy Jayce Landberg's The Forbidden World.

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