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JORN “Heavy Rock Radio” – A Metal Odyssey Album Review

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Music, news, rock music, world news with tags , , , , on April 24, 2017 by Metal Odyssey

Die-hard and casual fans of Jorn Lande know he can sing lights out. I love the vocals and discography from Jorn Lande, both with Masterplan and solo as JORN. Jorn Lande is a world-class singer of Heavy Metal and he has nothing to lose by releasing Heavy Rock Radio, an album of 12 cover songs… or does he? JORN sings very well on songs: Stormbringer, Rainbow In The Dark and Don’t Stop Believing; only the vocals of David Coverdale, Ronnie James Dio and Steve Perry, respectively, made their songs magical and timeless, whereas JORN is better off at being a fan of these three songs.

Certainly, there are slight differences musically with each song on this album, compared to the original song; for me to get into each and every nuance regarding such differences would make me look like I have nothing better to do. Seriously. I’ll try to give you all the scary details about this album; so strap yourself in for I’m not being Mr. fanboy right now.

JORN fails miserably with the cover of the iconic Queen song: Killer Queen. It’s so stale both vocally and musically that if I was producing this album it would have been left off. Hotel California is no better. Sorry, this song should never, ever, ever be covered by nobody. All that JORN did with the Eagles Hotel California is make it into a second-tier, county fair, who cares, (let’s make a) Heavy Metal cover song. The electric guitar brilliance of Eagles legends Don Felder and Joe Walsh on the original Hotel California song is breathtaking to me, especially their extended dual-solo; why JORN messed with this is beyond me.

Above: Jorn Lande

JORN even (gulp) covers I Know There’s Something Going On by (gulp) ABBA member Frida. Oh my God is this song a disaster. WTF!? JORN? What were you thinking, dude? Why pick this song? JORN’s cover of this early 80’s bubble-gum song should not be. I’m not sorry for saying that. It’s that seriously awful. It just sounds like Jorn Lande was not pumped up for this album at all. I won’t even mention the cover of the Black Sabbath classic: Die Young. Forget about it. Not worth our time here.

The two huge highlights on this album are Jorn Lande and his band knocking the Paul Stanley song, Live To Win, right out of the park. JORN also excels with the cover of John Farnham’s song: You’re The Voice. Jorns’ vocals are powerful on these songs, the way it should be. I honestly love these covers of two such inspirational songs and JORN actually gives them both a jolt or two of extra inspiration. Unfortunately, minus the two aforementioned songs, this album as a sum of its parts is absolutely not very good at all and I am shocked as hell by it all. – Stone

LONG LIVE JORN.

Stone.

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JORN – New Cover Song Album “Heavy Rock Radio” Releasing On June 3rd, via Frontiers Music SRL

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Music, news, rock music with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2016 by Metal Odyssey

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BREAKING NEWS: Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce JORN’s new album, Heavy Rock Radio, due for release on June 3rd! One of the greatest rock singers of our time, Jorn Lande returns with a unique album of covers of classics from artists and bands that have meant something special to him and helped forge this talented man’s own unique style.

Through Jorn’s extensive career, which includes more than 40 albums of mostly original songs, he has also recorded great versions of several rock classics such as Thin Lizzy‘s “Are You Ready”, UFO‘s “On and On”, Deep Purple‘s “Perfect Strangers”, and many more. Jorn also recorded a successful Ronnie James Dio tribute album, released in 2010. Every song JORN covers is treated with the utmost respect and “Jorn-ized” accordingly. A good example is his heavy sounding version of “I Walk Alone”, first released by Tarja Turunen (ex-Nightwish).

“Heavy Rock Radio” is not an ordinary album of cover songs, it is truly a songbook of hits. Featured – among others – are great versions of the Eagles‘ “Hotel California” and Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”, which gets the Jorn style treatment to become very powerful and epic, without losing its commercial touch. More great classics included are John Farnham’s “You’re The Voice”, Queen‘s “Killer Queen”, and two absolute melodic rock evergreen gems in Journey‘s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and Foreigner‘s “Rev On The Red Line”.

The original concept of the album was to create a sort of jukebox of radio hits, but to avoid leaning too much on the pop side of rock, JORN decided to blend the track listing with a few more up tempo rock tracks as well, such as “The Final Frontier” by Iron Maiden (“probably the closest you get to anything commercial with Iron Maiden,” says Jorn), “Live to Win” by Paul Stanley (a song which was also featured on the popular television series South Park), and a few hard rock classics show up as well from Deep Purple (“Stormbringer”), Dio (“Rainbow In The Dark”) and Black Sabbath (“Die Young”) to complete the mix.

Jorn says: “The most important thing was to treat these songs with respect towards the original versions, my goal was always to think that the original artist would be honoured and find my version relevant. At the same time my intention was never to try to compete with the original song and artist, but make it a strong alternative version to enjoy. At the same time it is a well deserved homage to these artists and bands, who influenced me strongly, and I have wanted to record these songs for quite some time but was always too busy writing and recording my own songs to make it happen. Originally I had a list of 40-50 songs I wanted to do, but I had to strip it down to about 15 songs before deciding on the final track list. This means that there are some unfinished business musically, and I will most likely record more of these songs in the future.”

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Jorn Lande

Since releasing the critically acclaimed Dracula “Swing of Death” album last year, Jorn has also been working on an album of brand new songs, which will be the successor to the 2013 Jorn album “Traveller”, to be released in early 2017. Jorn’s catalogue is getting too long to include in brief press statements, and his innovative and creative skills have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide and being a frequent entry on sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention is his years with German based MasterPlan, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export, since the pop band A-ha, Jorn continues his rock crusade, and there are no signs of him slowing down yet.

The title “Heavy Rock Radio” came quite naturally, as the sound of this album feels like if it’s tailor-made for any rock radio station, and while Jorn’s voice can be enjoyed on more than 40 albums in different rock and metal styles, this record is a special treat which will tide over all the fans waiting for the new original album which is being worked on at the moment. Enjoy!

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Jorn Lande – Vocals
Trond Holter – Guitars
Francesco Iovino – Drums
Thomas Bekkevold – Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards
Except as follows:
“Rainbow in the Dark”
Jimmy Iversen and Tore Moren – guitars
Nic Angileri – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums
“Stormbringer”
Jorn Viggo Lofstad – guitars
Sid Ringsby – bass
Willy Bendiksen – drums

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Source:

http://www.frontiers.it

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Enjoy the album trailer clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/ZHK2JXL4HqU

Weblinks:

www.jornlande.com

www.facebook.com/OFFICIALJORN

MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE JORN LANDE.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

Wanna See My CHRISTOPHER CROSS Debut S/T Album I Recently Bought? It’s Really Cool…

Posted in adult contemporary rock, classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news, soft rock with tags , , , , , , , on August 12, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

CHRISTOPHER CROSS

That’s it above! I bought this Christopher Cross album for a whopping 50 cents (U.S.) at a thrift store, at the beginning of this Summer. There is only minimal (normal) wear to the right-hand corners of the album jacket. The vinyl itself looks and sounds like it was never played!

The debut and self-titled album from the legendary Christopher Cross was released on Warner Bros., back in December of 1979. This album has become a beacon, within the pages of Rock Music history. Christopher Cross boasted three Billboard Top 40 songs: Ride Like The Wind, Never Be The Same and Sailing. (Sailing reached #1 status as a single).

Christopher Cross also had won a Grammy Award for Album Of The Year, back in 1981. Here is a Rock history shocker for you: Christopher Cross beat out Pink Floyd’s The Wall for Album Of The Year. Whoa. A Soft Rock performer was chosen over an already proven and justifiably iconic Rock band such as Pink Floyd for that prestigious Grammy, back in ’81. Regardless, I’ve never been a fan of how the Grammy Awards are structured anyways.

If I had to choose one album over the other, I’m choosing The Wall; only this post is about my celebrating Christopher Cross. I like this Christopher Cross album a great deal. This album not only exhibits extremely memorable songs since I first heard them so many years ago; these songs are also timeless for me.

Here is what the back cover of the album jacket looks like:

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Take a listen below to Ride Like The Wind, as performed by Christopher Cross; while you listen, keep an ear out for the backing vocals of the legendary Michael McDonald.

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Take a listen below to the Hard & Heavy cover version of Ride Like The Wind, performed by the  legendary Jorn. This song is from Jorn’s 2012 studio album, Bring Heavy Rock To The Land, released on Frontiers Records.

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If you have listened to both of these versions of Ride Like The Wind, which one do you prefer? I’ll always embrace the original from Christopher Cross, yet, Jorn’s version does psyche the living hell out of me! Metal be thy name, it does.

Here is what the inner sleeve for this Christopher Cross debut S/T album looks like (below). Notice the liner notes and lyrics are printed on it… that’s old school.

Thanks for checking out my Christopher Cross album that I scooped-up on a recent Rock ‘N Metal hunting trip. As always, I’ll continue to post more Rockin’ treasures that I stumble upon!

Rock Steady out there this coming week and remember: “leave a penny, take a penny” at your neighborhood convenience stores.

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LONG LIVE CHRISTOPHER CROSS.

Stone.

JORN – “Live And Let Fly” (Official Video)

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, metal music, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on July 24, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JORNBring Heavy Rock To The Land is the new studio album from JORN and it’s a Heavy Rockin’ ride to catch onto. The seventh studio album from JORN, Bring Heavy Rock To The Land, features the bonus track Live And Let Fly; a song that showcases the premiere Heavy Rock vocals of Jorne Lande and his blazingly talented band that backs him.

Take a look and listen below at the official video for Live And Let Fly and turn up the volume with Heavy Rock pride! Metal be thy name.

JORN – Bring Heavy Rock To The Land was released in Europe back on June 1st, 2012 and on June 5th in North America, via Frontiers Records.

To read my album review for Bring Heavy Rock To The Land, (posted back on May 23rd, 2012), click on the link below!

JORN “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” – Some Metal Thoughts On This Heavy Rock Keeper

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For more info on JORN, click on the links below!

http://www.jornlande.com

FRONTIERS RECORDS

LONG LIVE JORN.

Stone.

JORN “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” – (Official Music Video) Is Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Music, music videos, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JORN is back! Bring Heavy Rock To The Land will be released on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America, via Frontiers Records. Produced by Jorn Lande and mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark; Bring Heavy Rock To The Land is the seventh original studio album for JORN.

Watch and listen to the official music video of Bring Heavy Rock To The Land below! Heavy Rock grows only more powerful by the day and Jorn Lande delivers this reminder to the world, with his band’s newest music. Metal be thy name.

JORN:

Jorn Lande – vocals

Willy Bendiksen – drums

Nic Angileri – bass

Tore Moren – guitar

Jimmy Iversen – guitar

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To read my album review for Bring Heavy Rock To The Land, click on the large link below!

JORN “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” – Some Metal Thoughts On This Heavy Rock Keeper

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(Source: Frontiers Records)

For more info on JORN, click on the links below:

http://www.jornlande.com

FRONTIERS RECORDS

LONG LIVE JORN.

Stone.

JORN “Bring Heavy Rock To The Land” – Some Metal Thoughts On This Heavy Rock Keeper

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on May 23, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JORNBring Heavy Rock To The Land will be releasing on June 1st in Europe and on June 5th in North America, via Frontiers Records. Produced by Jorn Lande and mixed by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark; Bring Heavy Rock To The Land is the seventh original studio album for Jorn.

Stone’s Metal Thoughts:

I consider Jorn Lande to be one of the finest Hard Rock and Heavy Metal vocalists out there today. My first impression of this new album from Jorn was so incredibly positive. It still is. I’ve been assured, after several (call it 6) thorough listens, that Bring Heavy Rock To The Land is one of the heavyweights of the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal genres in 2012.

Jorn Lande has a striking band behind his stupendous vocals. Damn striking. Big guitars playing unforgettable leads and solos; with delectable beats, melodies and rhythms seeping out of every crevice of this album. Guitarists Tore Moren and Jimmy Iversen are purely electrifying to listen to.

It’s never been a secret that Jorn Lande loves doing cover songs. Jorn singing Ride Like The Wind is spine-tingling to me; Jorn sings the living daylights out of this Christopher Cross classic from 1980. The band nails it too, giving Ride Like The Wind a Hard and Heavy persona, one that I never knew could possibly be created with such undisputed power. A grand tribute to such a legendary Rock song.

From beginning to end and from top to bottom, Jorn has put together a Heavy Rock keeper for us Defenders Of The Faith. Jorn ends this captivating album with I Came To Rock. The lyrics are breathtaking for my ears and soul. Even if you’ve never heard or owned a Jorn album before; Bring Heavy Rock To The Land will make you want to own every album Jorn Lande has ever been a part of.

I never doubted for a second, that Jorn and his band would Rock like hell with their new album. My Metal brethren, please assemble and behold, that Jorn came to Rock and it must be told. Metal be thy name.

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JORN:

Jorn Lande – vocals

Willy Bendiksen – drums

Nic Angileri – bass

Tore Moren – guitar

Jimmy Iversen – guitar

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Bring Heavy Rock To The Land – Track Listing:

My Road

Bring Heavy Rock To The Land

A Thousand Cuts

Ride Like The Wind

Chains Around You

The World I See

Time To Be King

Ride To The Guns

Black Morning

I Came To Rock

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For more info on JORN, click on the link below!

http://www.jornlande.com

FRONTIERS RECORDS

LONG LIVE JORN.

Stone.

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