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The band JONO consists of five Swedish musicians, living on the island of Gotland. JONO as a band has been existing for several years.

JONO actually started as a solo project of singer Johan NORRBY (hence the name "JoNo"), some years ago.
A record was made (released in 2006), involving some of the members of todays band setting.

However, NORRBY decided to go for a band project instead and teamed up with the guys, whom he knew would make a perfect match. The band started working on new material, which ended up being the songs for the album Requiem.

All the members of JONO are musicians with a wide experience of all kind of musical styles. The guitarist, Stefan HELLEBLAD, is also a member of dutch symphonic rock stars Within Temptation. The drummer Nicka HELLENBERG played all the drums on Within Temptation's album The Unforgiving.
Besides working with JONO all of the members are involved in a lot of different band settings and music jobs, for example recordings, music production and so forth.

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3.00 | 1 ratings
JoNo
2006
4.04 | 8 ratings
Requiem
2013
4.00 | 3 ratings
Silence
2015

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 Silence by JONO album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 3 ratings

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Silence
Jono Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars After showing the world just what Jono were capable of with Requiem, the band went on to expand on the same principles while adding more depth and grandiosity to their performance!

While Requiem was an excellent album, I felt that there was too much of a contrast between the faster melodically inclined material, the ballads and symphonic compositions that felt like they were performed by a completely different band. Even though I highly enjoy all sides of the band's repertoire, there was a lack of coherency between them. I am happy to announce that this is not the case with Silence where every single composition feels like it has been performed by the same collective. The album features a clear ambition to unify the many sides of the band, in some cases within one and the same performance.

I have been mesmerized by this band's ability to constantly create high quality melodically driven compositions boosted by equally skilled musicianship. Silence has quite a few of these moments scattered all throughout the album with Wasting Time, Your Bread and The One To Blame being the most obvious examples of instantly recognizable tracks that one just can't stop listening to. But even though these shorter and quirkier compositions manage to build the groundwork for an excellent album, it's actually some of the quiet moments that make this album a true gem for fans of progressively inclined rock music. I'm talking about tracks like magnificent Clear and the seven minute Opus which is a multi-suite in the great tradition of Bohemian Rhapsody. It took me quite a few spins in order to uncover the magic behind these two compositions so don't be impatient if you don't happen to enjoy them at first.

Jono manages to keep their unique sound throughout Silence but there are a few moments that sound as if their influences get the limelight, especially on Turn Around which sounds very influenced by ABBA while In My Life picks at Supertramp and Queen. Overall, these influences don't take away from my experience since the material and the performance make these compositions sound very original in their own right.

I highly recommend Silence to fans of art rock bands like Supertramp, 10cc, A.C.T and Queen. It will be interesting to see if Jono will be able to top this album in the future, especially considering that they have so far never managed to disappoint me with their material!

***** star songs: Wasting Time (2:49) Your Bread (3:38) In My Life (5:00) Clear (4:58) The One To Blame (3:03)

**** star songs: Man Of Misery (3:02) Can We Make It (4:17) Turn Around (4:56) Opus (7:09) Josefina (1:17)

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 Requiem by JONO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.04 | 8 ratings

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Requiem
Jono Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars The sophomore album from JoNo is a huge improvement over the debut album, featuring excellent compositions that are enhanced thanks to the instrumental arrangements that clearly sound more like a team effort.

Unlike the debut album that was in fact a solo record by the band's front man Johan Norrby, Requiem features arrangements and recordings that were clearly made by a band. This makes Norrby's already strong compositions even stronger and gives JoNo the opportunity to deviate from the verse/chorus/verse blueprint that was prominent on the previous record. This means that we actually get a few instrumental interludes, guitar solos and overall a richer musical experience.

My favorite moments are the pompous and melodically rich compositions and there are quite a few of these on Requiem. Some of the best ones are the magnificent guitar-driven opener I Was The One, Nothing which features more of the same greatness plus a nice keyboard solo and the two power pop tracks Best Thing and Dead Or Alive. The rest of the album is a bit more low key, with Letting Go and Love Again being the most obvious links to the band's debut album.

Requiem is definitely a more polished version of JoNo than what we've experienced on their debut record. I really like that this transformation has managed to make their music influences less prominent and thus making their material sound a lot more original. There are still a few moments that remind me of Queen, Supertramp and Muse, but nothing that distracts me from enjoying the compositions that JoNo is presenting me with. This is a great record and a sign of the things to come!

***** star songs: I Was The One (3:49) Nothing (3:59) Best Thing (4:05)

**** star songs: Judgement Day (5:20) Letting Go (6:00) Symphony (4:01) Requiem (6:11) Dead Or Alive (3:48) Love Again (4:16)

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 JoNo by JONO album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Jono Crossover Prog

Review by Rune2000
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— First review of this album —
3 stars The first album from JoNo was released in 2006 and was in fact a solo album by the Swedish artist Johan Norrby. The album does feature some of the current members of today's band but the sound of the record feels stripped down and centers around the vocals and keyboards delivered by Norrby. The material consists of shorter tracks, none of which goes beyond the 5 minute mark, featuring strong melodic hooks and distinct vocal approach from Johan Norrby who, to me, sounds like a mix between Freddie Mercury, Russell Mael of Sparks and Matthew Bellamy of Muse.

When compared to the later albums by JoNo it's pretty clear that this album is not as progressively inclined with most of the material following the strict verse/chorus/verse blueprint and the song arrangements are far from as memorable as some of their later standout compositions. Still it's far from a bad record predominately due to Norrby's strong vocal performance and the excellent melodic hooks that are featured on most of these tracks.

There are definitely a lot of familiar sounds here since the band clearly wear their influences on their sleeves with Queen, Supertramp and Muse being the most prominent ones. The most obvious example being the chorus of The World Is Spinning which sounds almost identical to Queen's Flick Of The Wrist. This is not necessarily a bad thing for a new band that have not yet found their own sound, so I'm not holding these moments against JoNo.

I would not recommend this debut album to people who are new to JoNo. If you're, on the other hand, already familiar with JoNo albums Requiem and Silence and feel that you need more of the band's material to hold you over until the next record comes around, then this debut album is definitely worth a few spins. Remember that this album is far from the team effort and thus does not yet feature some of the instrumental prowess that is shown later on.

**** star songs: You Can't Touch Me (2:27) Feeling (2:57) When You Smile (4:21) Just A Man (2:42) The World Is Spinning (4:51) One Man (3:33) The Meaning Of Life (4:30) Live (2:13)

*** star songs: Every Little Thing (4:57) All Around (4:08)

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 Requiem by JONO album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.04 | 8 ratings

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Requiem
Jono Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swedish band JONO started out as the solo project and creative vehicle of composer and musician Johan Norrby back in 2006, and an initial album was released under that moniker back then. Since then Jono has evolved into a real band. "Requiem" is the second full length album by Jono, released through the Swedish label Musicano Records in the summer of 2013.

While Jono's second album "Requiem" may not be regarded as a progressive rock album per se, it is an extremely well made production of the kind that easily merits a description as fairly sophisticated and accessible hard rock. As far as references go, the lead vocals, as well as some theatrical flairs and occasional arrangements and lead motifs, emphasizing that association, Queen and Freddie Mercury are names that come naturally as far as associations go. I suspect the greater majority of fans of those will highly enjoy this album, as will those who know how to appreciate well made, melodic and catchy sophisticated hard rock in general.

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