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Artist: John Norum

Title: Optimus

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Category: Hard Rock

Year: 2005

Label: Mascot Records

Catalog Number: M 7080-2


John Norum Vocals, Guitars
Thomas Torberg Bass
Hux Flux Drums


1.  Chase Down The Moon  
2.  Nailed To The Cross  
3.  Better Day  
4.  One More Time  
5.  Time To Run  
6.  Optimus  
7.  Takin' The Blame  
8.  Change Will Come  
9.  Forced  
10.  Solitude  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Bob Date: March 21, 2005 at 19:32, It's the new Norum record I've just heard. Same guitar riff here that It as on the new Europe rec. but he has no new ideas. Love his voice...even he think he Is Mr. Lynott. Better luck next time, because I know he can do so much better.

From: Beau Hill Date: April 3, 2005 at 0:43
Made up my mind ever before I new who was singing that I didn't like the vocals, then I saw why. Most guitarist should stick to what they do best, that includes John Norum, Zack Wilde, Jeff Waters and alike. The guitarist that made the transition with honor is Christopher Amott of Armageddon, very well done.

From: Remastered Reason Date: January 20, 2006 at 22:47
Pure Sludge. Avoid.

From: andi Date: December 31, 2010 at 16:31
Absolute rubbish the previous comments! This album is one of the best hard rock albums that I know! It is to say complete nonsense the guitarist can not sing! John Norum has a great voice and he sings sometimes better than any other normal singer ! The album is rocking the guitar .. just great! Highly recommended album for fans of Winger, Mad Margritt .....!!! Other bands such as Europe and their scrap album 'Prisoners in Paradise' could benefit from this wonderful album to learn! And guitarist can not sing ... yes? What, then, Kip Winger (bass) ... Blacky Lawless (WASP), Meniketti (Y & T), Chris Laney, ETC ETC! These are all top Top singers with albums! Who says guitarist can not sing or this album by John Norum is poor who do not pull no idea of hard rock and needs to wonderful albums in the dirt!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: February 23, 2011 at 20:11
Well...for some is a good album for some is bad...for me is a regular release that has some Black Label Society touches(try track #2 "Nailed To The Cross")...John's a wonderful musician but if i have to recommend albums by the man himself has to be "Total Control" & "Face The Truth"..."Chase Down The Moon","Time To Run" & "Forced"....the rest.... ...80/100

From: hair metal again Date: August 28, 2015 at 5:11
very good release indeed by JOHN NORUM and much better than the majority of his solos!the vibe,the sound,the guitars are pretty hard rocking and the songs remarkable!his voice is ok ,but nothing blowminding ,the guitar work solid and with some great hooks !"time to run","takin the blame" the best moments of this recommended release

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