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3.77 | 34 ratings | 3 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1999

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. As On A Darkling Plain (40:54) :
- i) The Dance Of Les Innocents (5:40)
- ii) Darkling Plain (7:19)
- iii) Byzantine Fire (5:07)
- iv) Theater Of The Vampires (1:32)
- v) Those Who Must Be Kept (4:45)
- vi) Beautiful Marquise (5:28)
- vii) The Legacy Of Magnus (5:28)
- viii) Run Away (5:35)
2. Lost In The Money (5:55)
3. Blind Authority (3:51)
4. Rock (5:56)
5. I Can't See (5:03)
6. Tomorrow (6:19)
7. Lay Down Beside Me (in The Rain) (5:03)

Total time 73:01

Line-up / Musicians

- John Paul Strauss / lead & backing vocals, piano, keyboards
- Mike Matier / acoustic, electric & MIDI guitars
- Robert Niemeyer / keyboards, backing vocals
- Matt Overholtzer / bass, double bass
- Mark Wickliffe / drums, percussion, bass, guitar, keyboards, backing vocals

- Stan Whitaker / guitar (6)
- Kenneth Francis / guitar, backing vocals (

Releases information

CD Inside Out Music ‎- IOMACD 2004 (1999, US)
CD Wild Man Records - WMR 002 (1999, US)
CD Musea ‎- FGBG 4329.AR (1999, France)
CD Record Heaven Music ‎- RHCD18 (1999, Sweden)

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TEN JINN As On A Darkling Plain ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (18%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

TEN JINN As On A Darkling Plain reviews

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Review by Greger
5 stars The progressive symphonic rock band TEN JINN was founded in 1991. Their second album, partly influenced by the Anne Rice's vampire books "The Vampire Lestat" and "Queen of the Damned", is released on the Swedish label Record Heaven. Their complex music is a mixture of GENESIS, GENTLE GIANT, GLASS HAMMER, JETHRO TULL,QUEEN, SAGA and SPOCK'S BEARD, with a powerful singer, backed up by excellent backing vocals. The ex-HAPPY THE MAN guitarist Stan Whitaker is doing a guest appearance. The album has strong melodies, an outstanding production with great dynamics, skilful song writing and many instrumental passages. The highlights are the 40-minute title track "As On A Darkling Plain" and "I can't see". This could be a future classic. Highly recommended!

Review by Hibou
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4 stars When I first heard this album, I couldn't quite put my finger on what I found so familiar with it while at the same time it sounded so unique. Blending hard rock, medieval folk and QUEEN-like choruses so shamelessly surely took some guts and I figured I had to grant the CD a few more spins. The results were well worth it as there are mighty strong tunes, here, some solid musicianship and some incredible melodies; even the slightly abrasive vocals fit in somehow (John Paul Strauss sounds like a cross between Michael Sadler and Peter Hammill). Finally, the church organ, the harpsichord and choruses give the album an especially haunting feel.

The best part is by far the epic title track, an 8-piece suite of energetic rock that ends with "Run Away", a track which features a strong SAGA-like instrumental break. I also hear traces of JETHRO TULL and GENESIS on many of these tracks but especially on the bouncy "Byzantine Fire" (reminiscent of "Trick of the Tail"). As for the track "Darkling Plain" itself, it is as perfect a blend of JETHRO TULL and HAPPY THE MAN as you're likely to hear. Come to think of it, I heard HAPPY THE MAN just about all over the album (especially on "I Can't See"), albeit a much rockier version of them.

If you give iit a chance to grow on you, you'll find "As on a Darkling Plain" an arresting album. It assails you with choppy beats and almost gothic vocals, then wraps you up with magnificent symphonic movements. It definitely makes me want to seek out TEN JINN's other material.

Latest members reviews

2 stars Hilarious!!! Man, I listened to this album with a friend of mine and I laughed harder than I have in a long time (as did she). Don't get me wrong, this isn't a terrible album. The musicianship is high, the compositions are fairly well thought out and arranged, and the recording quality is pre ... (read more)

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