Jorn: Symphonic

Norwegian lung-buster adds some strings to his bow

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Hammer readers may remember Jorn Lande for having shared a stage with Glenn Hughes (and, briefly, Phil Anselmo) during Heaven & Hell’s farewell tribute to Ronnie James Dio at the High Voltage Festival in 2010.

Hence the fact that this orchestral collection includes remakes of The Mob Rules by Black Sabbath and Dio (the band’s) Rock’N’Roll Children. In fact, the Norwegian has dabbled in several genres, including power metal, prog and blues rock. Surprisingly, then, save for those odes to RJD, Symphonic focuses upon the singer’s hard rock-based solo endeavours, updating no fewer than six offerings from last year’s cheesily titled current disc Bring Heavy Rock To The Land.

Jorn has an excellent powerhouse voice and his classically enhanced stab at Rock’N’Roll Children weighs in among this album’s highlights, as does a reworking of 2004’s Behind The Clown. But given that chances to collaborate with an orchestra don’t grow on trees, spreading the net wider to include tunes recorded with Masterplan, Ark, The Snakes, Allen-Lande or any number outside collaborations would’ve made things more interesting.

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’.