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JORN

BRING HEAVY ROCK TO THE LAND

2012

 

 

 

 

 

The problem sometimes with being prolific and having a great voice is that you get involved in too many projects. I feel for Jorn Lande - probably one of the greatest hard rock/metal vocalists of his generation but still without a mainstream breakthrough. This may well be the reason.

 

 

Harsh as it sounds you take the best few songs from this and his last few releases and you have a truly great album. You take this and his last few albums in isolation and you have some good albums with some real standout tracks. And that's the crux of it.

 

 

This is another fine Jorn album, with some great vocals and some decent songs but its not going to take Jorn to the next level. It’s got all the trademarks: the hooks, the melody, the hard rock tunes straying into more metallic lands now and again. All pretty much as you would imagine (or hope for as a fan).

 

 

Of the songs the old Masterplan song ‘Time to Be King’ gets a welcome facelift; the epic ‘A Thousand Cuts’ provides the metal; ‘Chains Around You’ is also very Masterplan meets classic rock (done much better by bands like Coldspell); ‘Ride to the Guns; is old school British heavy metal; ‘Black Morning’ provides a welcome dose of Southern Rock and Christopher Cross is covered with ‘Ride Like the Wind’ in a very similar way to the way Saxon handled the same song years ago.  Only closer ‘I Came to Rock’ really lets things down slightly.

 

 

 

Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with this album, there’s just nothing outstanding either. If you loved the Allen/Lande records then you will only like this slightly less.  I for one am still waiting for that classic Jorn album.

 

 

 

Leslie Phillips.