Frontiers Records has set an April 11 European release date for the new studio album from LANA LANE. Entitled "Lady Macbeth", the CD is said to be a symphonic rock concept album based on the famous "Macbeth" play by vanguard English poet William Shakespeare.
Lana Lane herself bears no resemblance whatsoever to the dark and sinister character of Lady Macbeth, but the drama and power of the subject matter provide a fantastic background for a compelling album of heavy symphonic rock music, according to a press release.
The basic tracks for the album were recorded in December 2004 at Sound Park Studio in Schiedam, The Netherlands under the direction of keyboard wizard and producer Erik Norlander with Peer Verschuren (guitar), Ernst Van Ee (drums) and Kristoffer Gildenlöw (bass). Lana has toured with Dutch drummer Ernst Van Ee and guitarist Peer Verschuren for a few years now, and it has turned out to be a great musical family with a strong Euro-American sound. While Peer played some parts on Lana's 2003 "Winter Sessions" album, this new "Lady Macbeth" album will be the first time that Peer and Ernst are featured throughout the whole album.
Kristoffer Gildenlöw is a new addition to the Lana Lane family. He is a Swedish bass player from the well-known prog metal band PAIN OF SALVATION who are label mates of Lana's in Japan. Lana and keyboardist/husband Erik Norlander have known Kristoffer socially for a few years also and his wife is a Dutch journalist and an old friend of theirs as well. Lana and Erik have been looking to assemble an all-European band for touring purposes in Europe, and Kristoffer is the last member to complete the package.
Tracks for "Lady Macbeth" are currently being completed at producer Erik Norlander's studio in Los Angeles with additional brilliant performances from Don Schiff (NS/stick), Mark McCrite (guitar, harmony vocals), Neil Citron (guitar) and Kelly Keeling (harmony vocals). The music of "Lady Macbeth" is said to be something of a blending of Lana's "Secrets of Astrology" and "Project Shangri-La" albums, and of course Lana always brings something entirely fresh to each new album as well.