Dukes of the Orient photo

Erik Norlander and I go way back…sort of. I first discovered Erik and his wife Lana Lane back in the mid-2000s while running my own rock e-zine. Between Erik and Lana’s solo material and Erik’s prog-rock group Rocket Scientists, they probably put out new material every six months or so and sent it my way. It was great material, especially to my U.S. radio ears. I had never heard music quite like it. You have to keep in mind, this was early internet and CD/DVDs were the only way to go.

When I got back into the rock game I was excited to see that Erik was still around and making music. Erik Norlander and John Payne of Asia fame are the Dukes of the Orient. They released their debut self-titled album on Frontiers Records in 2018. The Dukes return in 2020 with their follow-up album Freakshow. The road that got the Dukes of the Orient together is little intricate to lay out, so I’ll have Erik Norlander do that for you. Enjoy!


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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