The virtuoso showcase known as Ark were formed in the early '90s, when drummer John Macaluso and guitarist Tore Ostby became friends while sharing a rehearsal space. When their bands broke up, they stole singer Jorn Lande from the Snakes and started writing. Their debut was eventually released in 1999 to a good reception from the metal community. This is a very solid debut Ark. The musicianship on these songs is superb. The production quality sounds a little muddy at times, but it does not distract from the power of the music. Jorn Lande's powerhouse vocals are worth the price of admission. This is a disc that progressive rock and Jorn Lande fans can't afford to miss.
According to the Bible, Noah was a holy man who saved humankind on a wooden ark two-thirds the size of the Titanic. Throughout the world, children are familiar with this well-loved tale of animals loaded onto an ark, two-by-two, before a giant flood destroys life on earth. But is there any truth to this incredible story?
Night Ark is a group that draws from so many fields of music it proves difficult to label. Many (but not all) of the instruments featured on this release originated in the Middle East; leader Ara Dinkjian's specialty is the oud, but he also occasionally plays guitar and piano, along with the less-familiar canoon and cumbus. The music includes exotic originals by the group, each of which merits repeated listening.