|Jorn - The Duke
24 February 2006
01. We Brought The Angels Down
04. End Of Time
05. Duke Of Love
06. Burning Chains
07. After The Dying
08. Midnight Madness
09. Are You Ready [Thin Lizzy cover]
10. Starfire [2005 version]
February 2006, two years after the release of his precedent CD, "Out To Every Nation", Jorn Lande, one of the best singer of the Heavy Metal scene, is back with a new solo album "The Duke". Can we really wonder if we will have an album of a really good quality? Well actually, when you know Jorn, it's obvious that it is impossible for him to fail and if you're doubtful anyway just have a look on the new album and you'll probably understand that you're just in front of a real amazing musician.
Maybe that I'm reviewing a new CD, but Jorn Lande always uses the same recipe than on "Out To Every Nation". His music is a good mix of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Super melodic, classy, intelligent and above all catchy, the twelve new songs of the album are, one more time, potential hits. "Stormcrow" for example is a really nice piece of melodic Heavy Metal. Fast and heavy with a complex riff this song has the potentiality to become a classic. On the other hand "End Of Time", with its mid-tempo isn't so powerful but full of emotions. This is the archetype of the beautiful song and believe me, "The Duke" is full of this kind of nice beautiful pieces of music.
I cannot review this album if I forget to talk about the others musicians of the "band". I won't talk about all of them but can I forget Jorn Viggo Lofstad of Pagan's Mind? This amazing guitarist (who will be also on the new solo project of Uli Kusch by the way) is really impressive and no doubt that he is, in addition of Jorn Lande of course, one of the main influences on the compositions of the songs. When you see the result, you have a proof one more time that this band is like a dream team.
No doubt, Jorn is still one of my favorite singers and his work on "The Duke" proves that he is still able to release a great album of Hard Rock at its highest level. I don't have a lot to add honestly, it's just beautiful and this is a nice way to wait the new album of Masterplan that will be released in 2007. If you're a fan of his different bands, if you're a fan of the singer or if you're just someone who loves great vocalists don't miss "The Duke", (like all the others releases that feature Jorn actually…), an excellent album.