It goes without saying that Jorn Lande is one of the best hard rock vocalist out there today. Evoking the power of Ronnie James Dio and the soul of David Coverdale, this guy is the real deal. He is solid with every release and never disappoints. Maintaining a momentum like this can become a challenge, especially in a band like Jorn's, due to the ever revolving door of musicians that play in his group. No knock against Jorn, because he is a good guy and great vocalist, but it makes you wonder why he can't keep a line-up intact. I've read it is due to his rigorous schedule with side projects etc.., but who knows or really cares? As long as the guy is putting kick ass material, it really doesn't matter, does it? That being said Jorn has just released his 7th studio album Bring Heavy Rock to the Land. Sounds cheesy, I know, but hopefully, like most of his records, it will rock.
With a Jorn record, you pretty much know what you're gonna get, powerful heavy rock with great melodies and soaring vocals; and Bring Heavy Rock to the Land is no exception. I have to admit, this took a few listens, before I started to get it. At first, I was a little turned off by the title of the record, but was willing to look past it due to the pure greatness of Jorn's vocals. The title track was surprisingly strong, but it wasn't until the Dio inspired 3rd track, A Thousand Cuts that I was sold. It is an up-tempo rocker with great melodies and a memorizing chorus.
Jorn and band sound great as usual and this tune re-affirms why he is one of the better vocalist out there today. Bring Heavy Rock to the Land, is chock full of solid hard rock, teetering on the metal side. A great example of this is the killer rocker The World I See. It is the quintessential rocker of the record, that will have the hairs on your arm standing at attention. Like I stated earlier, this CD took a few spins before it really grabbed me. At first, with the exception of a few stand outs, I was kind of disappointed, but after consecutive spins, I was hooked.
Bottom Line: Jorn returning in firne form. The man proves time and time again why he is one of the best ones out there today. Solid hard rocking tunes with some major bit.
Standout Tracks: A Thousand Cuts, The World I See, Black Mourning and Time to be King.
-Ragman thinks this one has passed the goose-bump test.