Jørn - 'Bring Heavy Rock To The Land'

 


THE BAND:

Jørn Lande: vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Nic Angileri: bass
Tore Moren: guitar
Jimmy Iversen: guitar



TRACK FRAGMENTS:
1.) "My Road" -The pre-musical intro of this track consisted of a single haunting keyboard sound.  Something like what you would hear in a horror movie. The keyboard leads into the main musical intro.  The main intro section consisted of an acoustic guitar rhythm.  It sounded as if the acoustic guitar was done with minor key giving it a very haunting sound.  There was a small musical rest connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The band used almost the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro section.  It sounded like there was a key change underneath Jørn's vocal lines.  There was a backing harmony underneath the last two lyric lines.   
2.") "Bring Heavy Rock To The Land" - This track opens with an electric guitar rhythm.  underneath the second measure the bass & drum line kicks-in with a drum and bass fill.  The drum & bass line is the same rhythm as the guitar arrangement.  There is a rhythm change for the musical verse.  Jørn wrote the lyric lines so that they would match the rhythm guitar arrangement.  There is a small musical fill after the sixth lyric line.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The band also slowed the arrangement down just a few bpm(beats per minute).  The lyrical choruses are very reminiscent of the late great Ronnie James Dio.  There is a small breakdown section connecting the second musical chorus with the lead guitar solo section.  Willy plays several drum fills underneath the breakdown section.  The lead guitar solo was a twin lead guitar solo over the top of an overdubbed rhythm guitar.  The twin lead guitar solo had a very melodic feel to it.  After the lead guitar solo there are two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the final chorus of the song.  The minor solo runs through the coda of the song.      
3.) "A Thousand Cuts" - This track opens with the special effects of several swords being sharpened. The musical intro opens with a very simple picking riff before going into the main musical intro section.  The main musical intro consisted of two separate rhythm guitar arrangements.  There is a small vocal accent and echo connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse.  The lyric lines of the pre-verse where very reminiscent to the stuff Dio was writing on his 'Dream Evil' release.  There is a small riff change connecting the pre-verse with the verse.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical pre-chorus.  After the second chorus there is a very laid back melodic lead guitar solo.  The tail end of the solo consisted of a twin lead guitar solo section.  There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the coda.    
4.) "Ride Like The Wind" - Cover of the Christopher Cross hit. Originally released on February 1980 on his self-titled LP.  THIS VERSION OF THIS SONG BLEW ME AWAY!!!!!
5.)" Chains Around You" - From beginning to end this track was heavily influenced by Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force.
6.) "The World I See" - This track opens with a clean electric guitar rhythm. The band used the same clean electric guitar rhythm for the pre-verse as the one for the intro.  The way Jørn's vocals were recorded highlights really highlights his voice. Underneath the last half of the pre-verse there is a minor lead guitar solo.  Connecting the pre-verse with the verse there is a song kick-in.  The pre-chorus had a pre-build up arrangement.  There is a lead guitar solo connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus. There was a minor lead guitar solo underneath the last chorus before the coda.   
7.) "Time To Be King" - Originally recorded by Masterplan and released on their fourth CD titled, 'Time To Be King' released May 21, 2010.
8.) "Ride To The Guns" - This intro opens with a very intense rhythm guitar riff coming out of just the right speaker.  After the first measure a second rhythm guitar riff kicks-in out of the left speaker.  Because both guitar arrangements are the same riff it gives the opening intro a very intense sound.  The main musical intro consisted of a rhythm guitar change along with a minor lead guitar solo.  The third and fourth lyric line of the pre-verse consisted of a backing harmony.  The guys used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical chorus as the one for the musical verse.  There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The major lead guitar solo section is after the second chorus.  The lead guitar solo was played by one guitarist then the second.  After the solo there was a breakdown section.  Underneath the breakdown section consisted of a minor lead guitar solo.  After the breakdown there is a second major lead guitar solo.  This solo consisted of just one of the guitarist.  There is a second minor solo underneath the coda section of the song. 
9.) "Black Morning" - This track opens with an amplified acoustic guitar rhythm.  Over the top of the amplified acoustic connecting it with the main intro there is a lead guitar solo rhythm.  There is a minor lead guitar solo connecting the intro with the musical verse.  Jørn's vocals are very reminiscent to early David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake).  This is especially noticeable on the vocal accents.  The third lyric line consisted of a backing harmony.  There is a small rhythm change for the musical chorus.  The second and fourth lyric lines of the chorus consisted of a backing harmony underneath Jørn's vocals.  There is a minor solo in between the fourth and fifth lyric lines of the choruses.  There is a lead guitar solo connecting the second chorus with the third verse.  There is a minor lead guitar solo underneath the last chorus.  If you had heard this song on the radio and didn't know any better you would swear this was Whitesnake's new ballad.   
10.) "I Came To Rock" - This track opens with a fairly standard heavy metal intro.  There are some sections of the intro that reminded me of King's X.  The band used the same music arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro section.  There was an arrangement change for the musical pre-chorus. There was a minor solo underneath the musical chorus.  The tail end of the solo faded away to connect the second verse.  The major solo connects the second chorus with the third verse.  This solo was a twin lead guitar solo.   
11.) "Live And Let Fly" - (bonus track) - This intro opens with a very simple picking riff.  As the riff progresses the producer slowly turns the guitar mic up.  In many ways this opening riff reminded me a lot of early Metallica similar to the stuff they were writing on their 1983, 'Kill 'Em All' release.  For the main body of the intro there is a second rhythm guitar riff over the top of the first.  This second riff is different than the first riff.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar does not change until the musical chorus.  There is a minor solo connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  There is a breakdown section after the second chorus leading into the major lead guitar solo.  The lyric lines of the second verse were double-tracked. 

 

     Over the years, I've reviewed releases such as The Snakes - 'Live Over Europe' (1998),  Brazen Abbot's - 'Guilty As Sin' (2003), and Allen/Lande's - 'The Showdown' (2010) just to name a few.  There is one thing all this releases have in common and that is lead vocalist Jørn Lande.  Jørn an amazing vocalist and his perspective on his 2010 release titled, 'DIO' is not only astonishing however probably the best tribute CD of all-time!!!
'Bring Heavy Rock To The Land' is Jørn's eighth studio release with of all new material.  That is outside of the cover of Christopher Cross's - "Ride Like The Wind" and "Time To Be King" a song he sang with Masterplan released in 2010 on the CD 'Time To Be King'.
Unless you get your Heavy Metal fix online.  If you live in the United States chances are you've never heard of Jørn Lande.  Which, is a disgrace to the Heavy Metal fan base. There are a lot of little sections on every song that reminds you of Ronnie James Dio solo and with Sabbath not only in sound but also in lyric arrangement.  However there's influences of early Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force and also David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) showing that Jørn has a vast musical influence.  'Bring Heavy Rock To The Land' will make a very nice addition to all Heavy Metal fans CD collections and a must buy!!!