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Jorn Symphonic CD Review

JORN

SYMPHONIC

FRONTIERS RECORDS

JANUARY 2013

 

ORCHESTRAL MANEUVERS

 

Few could deny that Jorn has one of the best Metal/Hard Rock voices out there these days and as an artist he is both prolific and consistent.  His latest outing ‘Symphonic’ is hardly breaking new ground  (symphonic is about as done over as ‘acoustic’ was in the early 90’s) but on paper it sounds perfect for an artist like Jorn, so surely nothing can go wrong?

 


Well that is until you read the fine print as what we have here is not exactly an album of orchestral arrangements of a number of Jorn songs and Rock Classics, but rather existing tracks have had an ‘orchestral layer’ laid upon them. Confused? Still excited? I wasn’t sure either so into the player it goes.

 


Well the good news is that of course the vocals are impeccable, though the experiment has mixed results, some songs here sound great and have had the full remix treatment, others however just sound like the orchestration has been  overlaid. That of course is exactly what did happen. Irrespective of that though of course some songs benefit more than others from the added ‘depth’ or ‘layer’ – whatever you want to call it.

 


 The tracks that work best are the ones that the experiment gives that little extra too like the epic Dio cover ‘Rock and Roll Children’ and that is very much at odds with the Dio/Sabbath ‘Mob Rules’ that seems like sacrilege and wholly unnecessary.

 


Others that benefit are ‘The World I See’ which somehow seems fuller and ‘I Came to Rock’ – a great song anyway but here really gaining extra bite. It’s the epic ‘A Thousand Cuts’ though that maybe steals the show.

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

JORN SYMPHONIC CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013