BRING HEAVY ROCK TO THE LAND
Jorn Lande is one of the greatest living metal vocalists out there today, and yet there's surprisingly few people that truly appreciate his music. To think that he was chosen by the surviving members of Black Sabbath to stand in for the greatest metal vocalist ever to take a stage (Ronnie James Dio), one would think that alone would have seen his ascent to the elite position in metal reserved for such greats as Dickinson or Halford. For whatever reason, it hasn't happened though. Instead, Jorn Lande finds himself mixed into that collection of vocalists that everyone knows are brilliant but no one actually buys. That list includes guys like Russell Allen, Tim "Ripper" Owens and Primal Fear's Ralf Sheepers among others.
Still, Lande carries on and continues to produce great old school sounding metal that would be pleasing to every fan of Dio, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and the like should they ever come out of the comfort zone and try something new. BRING HEAVY ROCK TO THE LAND is another typically excellent album from Lande, even with an album title that would make Velveeta blush in shame. The soulful grit of Lande simply carries this release. Songs like "I Came To Rock" and "A Thousand Cuts" showcase the raw appeal of this guy's tremendous voice. Throughout BRING HEAVY ROCK TO THE LAND, you are treated to some great metal vocals. Additionally though, the music has a sense of old school metal charm throughout. Clearly, guitarists Tom Moren and Jimmy Iversen have listened to a lot of Maiden and Priest in their day. Their playing is an amalgamation of classic old school mixed in with a little bit of hair metal era flair to really fatten up song after song. Rockers like "Chains Around You" have a very Saxon-like quality to their guitarwork, as well as the overall pacing provided by bassist Nic Anglieri and drummer Willy Bendicksen.
Lande is always one to take some risks...risks that have failed other bands in the past. Following the lead of Saxon, Lande puts a distinctively metal spin on an equally distinctively non-metal song, Christopher Cross' "Ride Like The Wind". Unlike the Saxon version, this one is far more interesting and pumped up. Sure, it's still on par with doing a metal cover of Air Supply's "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All" or Rupert Holmes' "Him", but you have to give Lande credit for taking on such a gay song and giving it the full metal treatment.
PITRIFF RATING - 93/100 - Some guys are just not meant to be superstars, even if their talent commands it. Jorn Lande is one of those guys. I'd argue that his body of work is as good as the biggest bands in the history of metal, yet no one seems to embrace it. That's really too bad. That said though, I'm all in with Jorn Lande. BRING HEAVY ROCK TO THE LAND is another brilliant metal album that's more than welcome to it's spot in my "classic metal" heavy rotation for the next decade. Another home run for Lande.