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.