Jørn Lande & Tronde Halter: Dracula: Swing Of Death

Nordic duo raise the stakes for their rock opera extravaganza

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With more than 30 albums, Jørn Lande has, sometimes purposefully and other times as a result of genetic similarities, spent much of the last two decades imitating Ronnie James Dio or David Coverdale of Whitesnake.

Some fans will remember the Norwegian appearing with Heaven & Hell at 2010’s High Voltage Festival while honouring his fallen hero.

Here Jørn has teamed up with Trond Holter – aka Teeny of Wig Wam – for a rock opera concept piece about Transylvania’s best-known export. Strident, powerhouse moments such as Walking On Water and River Of Tears are delivered with all of Jørn’s usual gusto, though some of its highlights are supplied alongside Lena Fløitmoen, who plays the roles of Mina and Lucy from Bram Stoker’s book. It helps that there are no flowery narrated parts, also that the compositions are short and powerful. The pair’s goal was to create a piece that could suck the blood from Stoker’s original tale and transfuse it into the current era. They’ve come pretty close.

Via Frontiers

Dave Ling

Dave Ling was a co-founder of Classic Rock magazine. His words have appeared in a variety of music publications, including RAW, Kerrang!, Metal Hammer, Prog, Rock Candy, Fireworks and Sounds. Dave’s life was shaped in 1974 through the purchase of a copy of Sweet’s album ‘Sweet Fanny Adams’, along with early gig experiences from Status Quo, Rush, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Yes and Queen. As a lifelong season ticket holder of Crystal Palace FC, he is completely incapable of uttering the word ‘Br***ton’.