Jorn, Dio, 2010

jorn - dioAfter the sad passing of rock icon Ronnie James Dio, it was sure we could expect many a tribute. To me, one of the most fitting would have to come from Jorn. Regular site visitors will know I really like his vocal style and music, and of course it is widely known Jorn is a real Dio fan as well.

Opening with Song For Ronnie James Dio, Jorn fires a lot of song titles from the Dio songbook at us in the lyrics. And over 8 minutes he shows why he is the perfect guy to pull something like this off with admirable ease. Great track!
All other twelve tracks on the disk have Dio writing credits to them. Happily Jorn chose wisely and avoided the all too obvious route, except for a few. So grab your chance at listening to the Jorn editions of Invisible, Shame On the Night or Push. Or if you are more into the better known tracks: Kill the King, Stand Up And Shout or Don`t Talk to Strangers are also present.

In my humble opinion a Jorn album is always spot on, and this is no exception. One of the best singers in recent decades paying homage to one of the best voices of some 40 plus years. Melodic metal at it´s finest, grab your copy pronto!


Jorn, Lonely Are The Brave, 2008

Jorn - Lonely Are The BraveSlowly I am completing my Jorn album collection. He sometimes releases them at such a speed that my wallet can´t keep up. In an earlier post I already mentioned Jorn ranks among my favourite vocalists of all time. His voice is reminiscent of greats like Dio, Coverdale and so on. Still he has been able to create his own identity and is recognisable on impact.

This is another solo album in the now known Jorn style. That is heavy metal, influenced by Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy (Phil Lynott is featured in the booklet) and so on. With his sidekicks Jorn Viggo Lofsted and Tore Moren on guitars, Sid Ringsby on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums, this is another damn fine slab of melodic metal at it´s best.

It really is of little use to explore into songs. Suffice to say this is 9 songs you will enjoy. And if you are not familiar with Jorn, creep out of under that stone and familiarize yourself. You know you want to…


Jorn, Spirit Black, 2009

jorn - spirit blackThe mighty Jorn Lande brings us another album under his own name. Jorn has been involved in many bands so far (Masterplan, Millenium, Vagabond, Ark to name a few), but this is already his ninth offering under his own name since his 2000 début Starfire.
In many ways, you can´t go wrong with Lande behind the microphone. His sound is instant, he as many colours (Dio and Coverdale being big influences) and within the melodic metal field there are not many competitors at his level. Russel Allen comes to mind, but that is about it I guess.
Also his band consists of some top ace players, Willy Bendiksen on drums and Tore Moren on guitars being among them.

If you heard Jorn solo before, this is a safe buy. Waste little time and get it, if you don´t already own it that is. For those not yet confident enough, here´s a thought for ya. Like big guitars, melodic choruses, a singer with a stellar set of pipes and songs to match? Dig that heavy sound and riffing, songs with diversity and mood swings, with a top notch production? Melodies to die for and solo´s that count? Hey (wo)man, where have you been, buy this on sight (and any other of his albums as well I might add). Oh and if you can, get the bonus edition. It has a cover of one of Thin Lizzy´s most beautiful songs (The Sun Goes Down) on it.

Personal play tips: Spirit Black, City In Between, Rock And Roll Angel.