JORN - review added 7th June 2012
Album Review: Bring Heavy Rock To The Land (2012)
For fans of: Metal
Let's not mess about here; Jorn Lande has an astonishing voice. I struggle to think of many if any metal singers out there better than him. Problem is his albums don't always sell him as well as they should. He always seems to manage a couple of brilliant tracks backed up by a load of average songs and a cover or two.
"Bring Heavy Rock To The Land", his seventh full studio album, continues the sound he normally uses, meaning fantastic guitar tone and a big rhythm section. I have to say this album isn't quite as heavy as his normal work, but the difference isn't massive. There are plenty of sonic references to Dio, Deep Purple, Whitesnake and so on as usual. And there is plenty of Jorn sounding a million dollars. So far so normal.
Difference this time is that, whilst the majority of the tracks are just as good as normal, there don't appear to be many if any exceptional moments. "The World I See" gets close, but that's about it. Even the covers aren't great. "Ride Like The Wind" has already been given the rock treatment before by Saxon, and arguably with more class. "Time To Be King" was recorded by Jorn with Masterplan, and again that version was probably better...even if the production is sweeter this time.
This is a perfectly likeable record, but Jorn is better than "perfectly likeable". With a voice like that he should be creating "f*cking amazing".
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
01. My Road
02. Bring Heavy Rock To The Land
03. A Thousand Cuts
04. Ride Like The Wind
05. Chains Around You
06. The World I See
07. Time To Be King
08. Ride To The Guns
09. Black Morning
10. I Came To Rock
Jorn Lande: vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Nic Angileri: bass
Tore Moren: guitar
Jimmy Iversen: guitar