Whats the opinion of the Allen/Lande discs. For me, they are the quintessential modern AOR discs. Not sure which is my favorite; if I had to pick one, it would be the first. But they are all great. Gotta admit though, there are certain songs that are difficult to distinguish who is singing.
I wouldn't call them AOR, they are a bit more Metal than that. They are good though. It's nice to hear Russell Allen on something more melodic than his day job. Magnus Karlsson's other projects are good too, especially Starbreaker with TNT's Tony Harnell. Last Tribe were a good band.
I am such a Karlsson fanboy. All three Allen/Lande discs are three of my fav albums of all time, they are just absolutely perfect, especially the first one. Everything Karlsson produces turns to gold. Last Tribe is probably his best work IMO. Witch's Dance and Uncrowned are perfect melodic metal discs. Karlsson is also one of the most underrated guitarists on the scene, his chops, melodies and phrising is unmatched. I love everything from this guys, check out;
Bob Catley (Immortal)
He also does a few solos on the new Kimball/Jamison record. Really good AOR with songs written by Robert Sall, Richard Page, John Waite, Erik Martensson and Jim Peterik plus others. It has Mat Sinner and Alex from Primal Fear so is basically 3 Primal Fear members doing an AOR with these two.