• Megadeth - DYSTOPIA

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    More than any other metal band in history, being a hardcore Megadeth fan is truly a rollercoaster ride. This is a band with multiple duds in their catalog, and yet they always seem to rebound. Think about it, they’ve truly had some bad releases in their catalog. RISK was terrible. THE WORLD NEEDS A HERO wasn’t a lot better. And yet,

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  • Anthrax - FOR ALL KINGS

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    FOR ALL KINGS

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    Depending on your perspective, Anthrax is either having a career resurgence or floundering at the end of their career. I’m stunned how many people actually didn’t like their last effort, FOR ALL KINGS. In these ears, that was the best effort of their career. What made it great, to me, was the mixture of crushing heaviness combined with some

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  • Sevendust - KILL THE FLAW

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    When I first saw Sevendust’s new release was titled KILL THE FLAW, my initial thought was “what exactly is the flaw?” It leads you to wonder just what it is that caused this band to not break big, while bands with lesser quality catalogs like Disturbed or Korn had such crazy amounts of success at the same time. This

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  • Iron Maiden - THE BOOK OF SOULS

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    They don’t do it that often anymore, but there’s always excitement when Iron Maiden comes out with new music. Knowing that they are closing in on the end of their career, you really do end up hoping that when they go out for good, it will be with a bang. I think it’s universally agreed upon that

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  • Slayer - REPENTLESS

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    Probably more than any release in their history, Slayer came into releasing this album at a crossroads. This WAS the album that, in many ways, dictated if the band could continue on or if it was indeed time to drift off quietly to Hell. The loss of guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the removal of drummer Dave Lombardo had almost every Slayer

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  • Operation: Mindcrime - THE KEY

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    THE KEY

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    Geoff Tate’s falling out and subsequent two years of lawsuits, multiple versions of the same band and overall craziness in the press definitely tarnished a legacy that once seemed untouchable. Think about it. Even with over a decade of arguably bad releases (Q2K, TRIBE, AMERICAN SOLDIER, DEDICATED TO CHAOS), it wasn’t until the now infamous spitting incident and the

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  • W.A.S.P. - GOLGOTHA

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    W.A.S.P. is one of those bands that has a ridiculously loyal fanbase...and good for them, actually. Doing THE CLASSIC METAL SHOW, we get shit on repeatedly anytime we say anything that is less than glowing about W.A.S.P., Blackie Lawless or any of the band’s former or present members. Oh well...comes with the territory, I guess. After what seems like quite a

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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.

Chris Akin



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