DARK BLUE INC. (Goran Edman) – Linked To Life (2019)
DARK BLUE INC. is the brainchild of Bonfire and Sainted Sinner guitarist Frank Pane. and “Linked To Life” the band’s new album to be released tomorrow. Created with the idea to be a real band with upcoming gigs, Pane has secured the presence of talented cats here; Göran Edman at the mic, bass player Hal Patino known from his days with King Diamond and Pretty Maids, and Andrea Vergori (Wheels Of Fire) on keyboards.
If that isn’t enough, legend Ian Paice (Deep Purple) guest on one track.
The first thing that impressed me about Dark Blue Inc. it’s their originality. Their sound & style are unique. And if we speak about production, it’s darn awesome.
The band, and “Linked To Life” are influenced by many genres, mostly hard rock / melodic metal related, however there’s much more into the boiling pot here.
Pane is an incredibly skilled and multifaceted guitarist, and his compositions / arrangements, far from ordinary. You see only 8 songs in track list, but each are like 3 songs into one, superbly constructed.
Read this; at places, “Linked To Life” bring to mind Crimson Glory, then Bonfire, then Axel Rudi Pell. then Steve Stevens solo albums, then Deep Purple, then Queensryche… oh my.
And all these work, believe me.
Enter Mr. Göran Edman; if these songs were already marvelous, Edman takes ’em to another level.
Seriously, the talent of this man has no limits.
Afraid of the dubious cover artwork? Honestly, it’s the only thing on this terrific CD that I don’t like.
But inside… there’s the more ambitious, challenging and intriguing album you’ll hear in a long time. Yes, there’s a mix of styles, but don’t worry, all is melodic, captivating.
Listen to this pearl and then thank me for the recommendation.
01 – Dark Blue Overture (Instrumental)
02 – Time Will Never Wait
03 – Karma Machine
04 – Deep Blue Sea (feat Ian Paice)
05 – Linked to Life
06 – Sacred Sin
07 – Cold Is the Night
08 – Island of Thoughts
Göran Edman – lead vocals
Frank Pané (Bonfire, Sainted Sinners, Ian Paice) – lead guitar
Andrea Vergori (Wheels Of fire) – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Lydia Pané (Hells Belles, AXEperience) – background & lead vocals
Harry Reischmann (Gregorian, Sarah Brightman) – drums
Hal Patino (Ex-King Diamond, Ex-Pretty Maids) – bass
Ian Paice (Deep Purple) – guest drums