Surely, every metal fan in the world knows the music of Jorn Lande, the stunning Norwegian heavy metal vocalists and legitimate air to Ronnie James Dio’s title as greatest rock voice on the planet. Lande only knows how to play and sing one way which is to put heart and soul into his delivery and he aligns his vocal prowess to some of the greatest metal musicians around. His career under the ‘Jorn’ name is prolific and his works are monumental as he takes the hard rock from the 1970’s and infuses it with such power and passion for today’s modern rock fan. He has also been involved with Ark, Beyond Twilight and Masterplan as well as numerous project guest appearances and his participation has always gives the level of gravitas that a senior musician without parallel can bring. Jorn’s last couple of records have been a covers album and a live CD/DVD release and it actually came as something of a surprise that it is now 5-years since his last studio release in Life On Death Road so there are plenty of Jorn fans out there waiting to get their fingers on the big man’s latest triumph.
I have to start though with the album cover which is quite dreadful being rather cheap and tacky. Come on, this man has the archetypal rock voice so some sort of graceful Middle Earth scene is called for or anything with an epic flavour rather than a garish drawing! Luckily, this is the only negative to the album as the music is the usual, imperial hard rock that we expect from this metal titan. There has been a change on guitars with the duo of Adrian SB and Tore Moren coming in with old stagers Francesco Jovino on drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards being joined by the renowned Nik Mazzucconi (Labyrinth) on bass.
The album pretty much continues with what has gone before with Jorn and team serving up eleven epic metal tracks with every one fulfilling the necessary anthemic standards and all sure to become favourites on the Lande live show. The musicianship is tremendous and it’s great to see that this part is every bit as important, if not more so, than the vocals with Jorn happy to share centre stage with his well organised team. Each song is a hard hitting rock delight with Jorn’s powerful and expressive voice wringing every ounce of emotion out of the songs and you feel privileged to hear a master musician so much in control.
The album closes with the curious Faith Bloody Faith which apparently was written in 2011 and put forward to the 2021 Melodi Grand Prix which is Norway’s pre-selection competition for the Eurovision Song Contest. It looks like it didn’t get through although this slow burning torch rock song could have done rather well especially with Jorn supplying the voice.
Over The Horizon Rader is yet another triumphant hard rock album from a singer surely worthy of the accolade of hard rock superstar and, no doubt, if you are a fan of him and his music then you will already have the album!
Over The Horizon Radar
- Over The Horizon Radar (5:23)
- Dead London (7:05)
- My Rock And Roll (7:31)
- One Man War (5:58)
- Black Phoenix (4:32)
- Special Edition (3:36)
- Ode To The Black Nightshade (4:57)
- Winds Of Home (3:01)
- In The Dirt (6:18)
- Believer (6:01)
- Faith Bloody Faith (Extended Album Version) (4:00)