A New Battle Has Emerged

Frontiers Music’s first and most legendary pairing of Heavy Metal/Melodic Rock vocalists was when Symphony X frontman Russell Allen teamed up with Ex-Masterplan vocalist Jorn Lande for 2005’s The Battle. The duo went on to release three more album’s together before calling it a day (for now). It certainly wasn’t the last time that Frontiers paired up top-notch singers from their eclectic roster, but truth be told, not all of them were winners. If you’ve been there since Frontiers began like I have, then you know that Allen/Lande The Battle is the benchmark.

Smackbound vocalist Netta Laurenne and Battle Beast vocalist Noora Louhimo are the latest pairing on the Frontiers Music label, and their debut album The Reckoning [review] not only stands side-by-side with The Battle, it may even best it. Laurenne/Louhimo are vocal powerhouses with a collection of songs that will please Heavy Metal fans, Melodic Rock fans, and everyone in between. I had the chance to speak with Netta Laurenne shortly after the album’s release.

Highlights Include

  • Discussion of the Laurenne/Louhimo album The Reckoning
  • Was this paring suggested by the record label
  • Was their any “red tape” in two artist from different labels working with each other
  • Were Netta & Noora longtime friends prior to their pairing
  • How to obtain the special vinyl editions of The Reckoning
  • How Netta is keeping busy with touring options limited
  • Is there a new Smackbound record on the horizon
  • … and much, much more!


  • 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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