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Reborn JP-Import, Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: JP-Import, Extra tracks
  • Label: Warner Music Japan
  • ASIN: B00171LFBE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,142 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
The supergroup Northern Kings probably needs no introduction in their native Finland, but for the rest of us, this is a project put together by four of Finland's most notable male metal vocalists. The band includes J. Ahola (Terasbetoni), JP Leppaluoto (Charon), Marco Heitala (Tarot, Nightwish) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica). On their debut album Reborn, the four singers are backed by a traditional band but with a symphonic approach (a la Therion), and they set their sights on some popular songs, mostly from the `80s pop world.

Having these four together is interesting enough. Adding a symphonic approach makes it even more interesting. Making it an all-covers album adds another level. What really brings it all together is that all of these songs - from Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" to Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" to Lionel Richie's "Hello" - have been rearranged, either slightly or severely. You still recognize the songs, but you're hearing them in a totally new way. It's a fascinating idea, and for the most part it works really well. Each vocalist brings a lot to the project, and the symphonic elements make each song sound grand and dramatic, even if it's just Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell."

Obviously Reborn is going to appeal to fans of the Finnish metal scene, particularly bands like Tarot, Nightwish and Sonata Arctica. Beyond that there's a good chance the Northern Kings style of metal would have crossover potential with the average Trans-Siberian Orchestra fan or anyone who appreciates new approaches to classic songs.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carolynn Zoll on December 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Recently I bought this album along with their album "Rethorned" for my husband. All I can say is that he could not be happier and I am really enjoying them as well. The deep symphonic heavy metal treatment of theses songs has breathed new live into old favorites and even has, as my husband put it, "made songs I did not even like sound great." We both have found songs on this album where the Northern Kings have done covers that we enjoyed even more than the original version preformed by the original artists. On other songs the Northern Kings have created new flavors to the songs, while not always better, that will appeal to new areas on taste. In both cases what they have done at worst could be called interesting and in the vast majority of the songs will be called great metal music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Dawn G. on February 25, 2011
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Northern Kings- long haired, extremely talented, metal-act vocalists, covering 80s tunes. Brilliant! It's a chance to let us hear the other side of the growls. Fantastic album, listen to it continuously.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ti on December 2, 2008
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This album was impressive, considering it was the first album that Hietala, Kakko, Ahola, and Leppaluoto have made together.

The whole idea of these four "Kings" was to take popular old songs, and turn them into modern day Finnish Symphonic Metal. Considering how I grew up with my mom and dad blasting 80s and 90s pop and rock on the weekends, I was impressed. I had actually been listening to Northern Kings as soon as I found out about them, and finally decided to actually buy their album.

Though they did chop up some of the songs, they still did good considering this is their first album together.

When Nightwish was still less known to the world, some people made fun of them for their use of opera with metal. So of course there will be people giving bad reviews for Northern Kings, but remember, they're still new, and this just gives them an opportunity to learn how they can make the rest of these old songs rock again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Rogers on May 19, 2010
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While I love the guy's voices, some of the songs in this album didn't really lend themselves well to this type of cover. The best one on the album is actually "We Don't Need Another Hero".
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