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Jorn Lande: Over The Horizon Radar
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Jorn Lande: Over The Horizon Radar

Melodic Heavy Metal Rock
4.0/5.0

Is it just me: but when did Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande evolving into looking like a heavy metal Kenny Rogers? Must be the gray hair. All kidding aside. Jorn Lande has established himself as one of the premiere heavy rock vocalists from the European theater. Admittedly inspired by the iconic and fabulous Ronnie James Dio, Jorn has been dropping solo albums since 2000. (Those aside from his past work with Master plan and Allen/Lande, among others. Mr Lande has also dropped several cover albums: two that get the Jorn heavy rock treatment and one, Dio, a tribute to his mentor.

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Now, Jorn returns with his first solo album of original music since 2017's Life On Death Road. Once more, Over The Horizon Radar also a tour-de-force of Jorn's signature hybrid blend of heavy rock and metal. Which means you can expect tough riffs, epic guitar solos, booming rhythm section, and Jorn's strong, gritty, sometimes whisky-soaked vocals. Then he has the presence of mind to wrap these things up in melody and groove and hefty refrains. Essentially, Over The Horizon Radar is simply Jorn being Jorn (with the help of some talented Norwegian and intertnational musicians.

Considering the songs within, as usual with most Jorn albums, I find it a mixed bag of likes. Don't get me wrong here: Jorn does not disappoint. I simply find some songs more intriguing then others. Here's some of my favorites: the more intricate One Man War, the rhythmic (and dig that groove) Black Phoenix, and the heavy steady anthemic Ode To The Black Nightshade. The bonus track, the extended re-recording of Faith Bloody Faith is pretty epic, too. Other songs, though viable in and of themselves, seemed desperately heavy or meandering such as Dead London or Believer respectively. Nevertheless, Over The Horizon Radar finds established and legendary vocalist Jorn Lande in fine form offering fans another fine album of his signature melodic heavy rock. Recommended.




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Over The Horizon Radar finds established and legendary vocalist Jorn Lande in fine form offering fans another fine album of his signature melodic heavy rock. Recommended.

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