Jari Tiura: King Of Lions (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

Jari Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his first real band Crommer. Two years later the band changed their name to Bourbon and started to play gigs in their home town. A big change in Jari Tiura’s musical career happened in the end of the 90´s, when he joined Snakegod, a Finnish power metal band. With Snakegod he released an album called ‘Invitation’ in 2001. In 2004 Michael Schenker contacted Jari Tiura and asked him if he would like to fly over to London for an audition gig. Everything went well and Jari even recorded most of his lead vocals for the upcoming MSG release ‘Tales Of Rock N Roll’ during his stay in London. The first MSG concert featuring Jari Tiura on vocals took place in 2006, and he was with the band for the next few years. After leaving MSG, the singer joined Finnish band Stargazery, with whom he has released two albums, and is also involved with Century Lost which is currently working on their debut album to be released in 2018.

So, as well as being in one active band, being involved in the set up for another, he has also found time to record his debut solo album. His singing style is somewhat lower than many in this field, and that definitely gives the album a distinctive sound, but what is really letting this down throughout is the quality of the songs themselves, along with some of the vocal performances. The producer, Sami Ala-lahti, is a good friend of Jari’s and between the two of them they wrote all the songs, while Sami also performed on some of them and Jari also acted as executive producer. One can’t help but wonder what this album would have been like if there were some external influences, as way too many are just plain boring and pedestrian. Given that Jari worked with Schenker for a few years, and everyone knows what a taskmaster he can be, he obviously is an incredibly talented musician but it just doesn’t come through on this. There is a lot of really powerful melodic rock coming out at the moment: this isn’t one of them.

Rating: 5/10


Track list:
Away From All The Magic And Wonder // London // Friends And Foes // Human // Lion Of Judah // Dreamchaser // Silent Moon // Take On The World // Blue Sky Lightning



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