ARK – Burn the Sun

ARK – Burn the Sun

This disc is a David Coverdale fans dream come true.  That is not to say that ARK sounds anything like Whitesnake or Deep Purple, but it is very clear that vocalist Jorn Lande has hugely been influenced by the bluesy rasp of Mr. Coverdale especially on songs like the title track “Burn the Sun” and “I Bleed.”  The band’s other talent includes guitarist Tore Ostby (ex-Conception), drummer John Macaluso (ex-TNT, Yngwie Malmsteen), Randy Coven (ex-Steve Vai, Steve Morse), and keyboardist Mats Olausson (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).  With such broad roots, the band combines symphonic prog rock with a heavy metal drive that is phenomenal.

 

The really interesting part is that this band doesn’t even stop there, they seem to slip different elements their style with every song, making for a very enjoyable listen, such as the introduction of their flamenco-influenced guitar sound, which can especially be found on “Just a Little” – think Saigon Kick “Spanish Rain.”