Jorn – Bring Heavy Rock to the Land (Album Review)
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Jorn – Bring Heavy Rock to the Land
(2012, Frontiers Records)
1. My Road … 2:42
2. Bring Heavy Rock to the Land … 6:45
3. A Thousand Cuts … 8:03
4. Ride Like The Wind … 4:48
5. Chains Around You … 5:06
6. The World I See … 6:08
7. Time To Be King … 4:16
8. Ride to the Guns … 5:47
9. Black Morning … 4:20
10. I Came to Rock … 5:14
11. Live and Let Fly … 4:15
Jorn Lande – Vocals
Tore Moren – Guitar
Jimmy Iversen – Guitar
Nic Angileri -Bass
Willy Bendiksen – Drums
Producer: Jorn Lande
No one can ever fill Ronnie James Dio’s shoes but darn it if Jorn Lande isn’t at least making a respectable attempt! Jorn has one of the most powerful voices in rock these days and it’s obvious that his vocals and music have been inspired by Ronnie James (he did do an album of covers called Dio after all!). Just amazing stuff whether he’s singing with Tobias Sammet in Avantasia, Masterplan, covering Dio or performing his own solo material.
The song “Bring Heavy Rock to the Land” is just that… heavy rock. It’s a real old-school slowed down menacing rocker that sounds exactly like something of out the Dio playbook. Even the album’s bonus track “Live and Let Fly” sounds like something early Dio Sabbath would’ve done. “A Thousand Cuts” is my favorite track from the album. There’s some real heaviness going on here with a bit of a modern touch. Great riffing.
“Ride Like The Wind” caught me off guard. It sounded familiar to me then I realized it’s a cover of the Christopher Cross song! Of course, the song has been converted to “heavy rock” and it sounds wonderful and epic. It actually makes sense to make this song a heavy rocker when you consider the outlaw lyrics.
“Time To Be King” is another highlight. It’s actually Jorn covering himself. The song originally appeared on the Masterplan album of the same name. I prefer this take of the song over the Masterplan version. “Black Morning” is a great laid back number. I don’t know if it is a cover or not but it has a familiar vibe to it.
Getting back to the heavy rock theme… the whole album is rooted in classic hard rock – aka – “heavy rock”. Dio, Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake… All of the elements are here and Jorn & Co. have brought it all together and made one fantastic album.
Bring Heavy Rock to the Land is a must-own album for all old-school hard rock fans. This is really a culmination of all of Jorn’s influences. One of 2012’s best albums.
Highlights: “Bring Heavy Rock to the Land”, “A Thousand Cuts”, “Ride Like The Wind”, “Chains Around You”, “The World I See”, “Time To Be King”, “Black Morning”