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JORN
WORLDCHANGER

Now & Then / Frontiers FRCD 094
Produced by: Jorn Lande / Mixed: Tommy Hansen

Released: Oct. 28 / Website
Relatives: Dio, Halford, Millenium, Ark
GENRE: Melodic Metal
OVERALL: 92%

  1. Tungur Knivur
  2. Sunset Station
  3. Glow In The Dark
  4. House Of Cards
  5. Bless The Child
  6. Captured
  7. Worldchanger
  8. Christine
  9. Bridges Will Burn

This is an important release for John Lande and I believe it is very important that I accurately portray this album in this review.
Why is it important? Because I believe this is a magnificent album of the highest order, with great songwriting, musical expression and production quality.
I believe this, the second Jorn solo album, is some of the best work the versatile singer has put on record and is an album that given half the chance, could and should sell a million copies of worldwide.
But it isn't necessarily going to suit all melodic rock and AOR fans. I have already seen two average reviews for this album - a result of the style not suiting the tastes of the reviewers.
To be blunt, there is no denying the awesome quality and general world class feel of this album. Maybe the album has been misunderstood - this is not an AOR release. It's barely even a melodic rock release, but it is melodic!
What it is, is both a very heavy and hard hitting hard rock album and also a melodic heavy metal album. The thing that really makes this album great, is that despite it's heavy nature, it is dominated throughout by superb melodies, hooks, anthems and harmonies. I do conceede however, that this album could be just a little too heavy for some.
Jorn's debut was quite a varied affair, centred around an AOR / classic melodic rock theme. This album (of 100% original tunes) makes the natural transition to a tighter, better produced and executed album more in the heavy metal field.
Jorn's vocal performance is second to none.
Once again, the album has the Millenium & Ark vocalist varying styles and delivery, but that's not distracting - the album as a whole flows seamlessly and effortlessly from one track to another.
Track by Track:
The album opens with what would have to be described as a non-standard album opening song. Tungur Knivur is a title inspired from two Norwegian words and is as interesting as the title suggests.
The song is a very heavy, dark, mid-tempo and epic song, with the obligatory building heavy metal intro. Ronnie James Dio and Ozzy Osbourne come to mind, as this dark heavy song fits their mould perfectly. Just checkout how heavy the song gets in the mid-song instrumental section. Ear bleeding stuff!
Sunset Station is the pick of the album for me. This reminds me of the last Millenium album, but with heavier, more menacing vocals and a more brutal guitar riff. The song features a chorus, bridge, second mid-song bridge and a seriously hard rocking anthem chorus that features some outstanding lead and harmony vocals. Jorn is again doing his best Coverdale-in-overdrive voice. One of the songs of the year!
Glow In The Dark features another seriously heavy guitar riff - the heaviest of the album yet, but the song itself is another dark mid-tempo track, featuring a strong and controlled lead vocal. There's no stand out chorus, but the song changes in and out of itself to provide tempo variations.
House Of Cards leads in with a powerful soft, soulful David Coverdale like lead vocal and leads slowly into a chorus featuring some fabulous harmony and intensified lead vocals. The song is as close to a ballad as you will find on Worldchanger, but remains as tough and heavy as the rest of the album. I love the end of the track - it builds brilliantly to the climax.
The album's pace gets turned sideways with Bless The Child. This is the heaviest and fastest paced track of the album, with Jorn moving from a riff-heavy scream-fest verse Rob Halford would be proud of, to an abruptly melodic moody chorus. If the song seems to heavy for your ears, just wait for the chorus to kick in! Seriously ear shredding stuff!
For those melodic fans feeling a little faint after the onslaught of Bless The Child, Captured is sure to sooth things over. This is a much softer easy flowing track, with no set chorus, just a new-age type feel to it.
Worldchanger is another cool uptempo rocker, this time touching on the style of Jorn's other band Ark. This rock track is quite progressive in nature, featuring some cool guitar and drum riffs, and featuring a solid harmony and hook filled chorus that is memorable from the first listen.
Christine is different again! This track features another great dark, deep Jorn vocal, taking charge over the track. The vocal is quite dominant and on the lower register of Jorn's range. But the song itself, although still heavy in nature, rocks along quite nicely and with a somewhat commercial chorus.
Track 9 ends the album way to soon! I would have loved to seen another couple of tracks included, but like me, you will just have to start the album over again from the start.
Regardless of that, Bridges Will Burn is another dark and heavy song, featuring another short bridge & chorus. Like all things Jorn, nothing is predictable and the song's path changes as it goes. The chorus is also again softer and more commercial than the verses.
A special mention has to be made to the killer band behind this recording.
The guitar hero shred fests are courtesy of Tore Moren, the double kick drum bonanza courtesy Jan Aksel "Hellhammer" and heavy ass bass riffs from Sid Ringsby. All in all, a very powerful unit indeed. They will be a treat to see live!
BOTTOM LINE: The bottom line is that this is a sensational album!
It just has to find it's right audience. The album shows growth from the artist, great production and enough to fulfil the expectations of established fans.
Fans of Millenium, Ark and Jorn's debut solo album should all find plenty to like about this record. For once again, Jorn brings parts of his whole career together to form the songs on Worldchanger.
This album is heavy, dark and right in your face. While I think the album retains enough for melodic fans to latch onto, it's modern and aggressive edge should hopefully see it cross over into a wider audience.
There is no reason for fans of Judas Priest, Ozzy, Black Sabbath and Dio to ignore this. And as there are so many fans of those guys, this should sell accordingly. If you love this guy, help spread the word!
PRODUCTION: 95% SONGS: 89% VIBE: 89%ATTITUDE: 95%
ESSENTIAL FOR: All fans of Jorn Lande (the vocal legend!), fans of the heavier side of hard rock. Some fans of Millenium and Ark.
DISCOGRAPHY: Starfire . Worldchanger


15/01/05: Dima - dmpak@pochta.ru
Rating: 90
The Bridges Will Burn, Worldchanger are the masterpieces! Other tracks are also good. Great album.

01/02/04: Sean Nebeker - sneb@charter.net
Rating: 95
best singer on the planet...brilliant, bloody brilliant.

23/10/03: Canyon Carver - blamboeuf@easyriders.net
Rating: 99
Absolutely incredible. A Must-own for fans of Jorn “the voice” Lande, and heavy metal.
Order it now! I mean it!

29/09/03: CUTTER - cutter33_us@yahoo.com
Rating: 100
I've had this LP now for over a year and it is along with ARK-BURN THE SUN one of the 2 best LPs. made in the last 15 years!! JORN LANDE is THEE new voice of rock m/ m/.

04/09/02: Lynchomaniac - Lynchomaniac@hotmail.com
Rating: 92
There's only two songs on this album that's not absolutely brilliant, and that is: Bless the child (where's the melody?)& Christine (Too simple and could have been so much better with some re-arranging, sounds like it was done in a hurry!)! But the other songs are so damn good that they almost make up for the few weaker moments! Massive record, a true gem!!!

28/06/02: rich moseley - richard.moseley@sscs.org.au
Rating: 95
Well....this is a great cd..not as good as "Burn The Sun"... thats why i couldn't give this cd 100%..but it sure does rock in a big way. Not enough songs. Needed at least 2 more. This guy is the best singer going around without doubt. The muso's on this cd are not in the league of the guys in ARK but i guess the emphasis on this outing was the voice and the songs. Sunset Station and Worldchanger are the best 2 tracks for mine. The intro riff to Worldchanger is great.
Anyone heard Jorns work on the Beyond Twighlight cd?

30/05/02: Rick - ozzyland17@aol.com
Rating: 98
This CD kicks ass! Jorn has to rate as one of the all time greats. Go buy this CD now!

05/05/02: Neil - falkeeins@aol.com
Rating: 90
I'd heard some songs from Jorn's debut and in particular enjoyed his cover of 'Edge of the blade' so decided to take the plunge with this his latest solo CD...vocally the man is a dead ringer for David Coverdale without the annoying mannerisms and a top producer if the sound of this CD is anything to go by... an awesome wall of sound..Most of the songs have fantastic melodies especially the title track ( which I love to scream along to in the car after a particularly hard shift at work ) and the guitarist is inspired. The more thrashy tracks are not quite my cup of tea but even these have sumptuous choruses.
Brilliant voice & production, material just falls short

27/02/02: Richard Hall - drhall01@hotmail.com
Rating: 98
If you want to experience the voice of a god,then listen to this amazing c.d., Jorn Lande and his brilliant band explode on this powerful release."Sunset Station" ,"House Of Cards" and "Bridges Will Burn" are some of the most well written and performed meoldic rock songs out there right now.If there are any let downs on this c.d. ,it would only be that....there should have been a few more songs.Nevertheless it's a must have c.d. .

26/01/02: Max - Instant_Maxcess@aol.com
Rating: 100
Amazing. Heavy, highly melodic, great songwriting, great production, great overall flow of songs. This guy impressed me even more with this one than with his astounding debut appeareance as the singer for Millenium.

18/01/02: GJ - gj@saxon-nl.com
Rating: 100
Definitely my best album in years. What a voice, what a songs, what an atmosphere ... This album is really great !!! I mostly like : Bridges will burn. Man, that's what I call a totally perfect song ! Brilliant ! Jorn rules !

18/12/01: Neil - nm156_nl@yahoo.com
Rating: 90
The thing I love about this site is knowing that fans with a common interest will be able to give you a good insight whether an albums worth getting or not. I first heard Jorn with Arc's "Burn the Sun" which is a fantastastic album and probably my favourite of the year. I was curious to hear what he sounded like with an album under his own name.
"Worldchanger" is excellent stuff, which like Arc is not short of an inspired musical surprise while remaining melodic and not losing any of its excitement. The music is a generally a little heavier than Arc and with a couple of unexpected twists in the melodies to keep it exciting but not quite as experimental. I can hear elements of Dokken, Savatage and Journey in hear and there's quite a bit of crunch. The guitar solos are a mix of styles, sounding like John Petrucci on Tungur Knivur and Alan Holdsworth on Glow in the Dark. The production is good quality, some interesting effects and there's a nice flow in feel and tempo between the tracks.
A couple of reasons why I won't give this 100 though. Having heard what he can do with his voice in Arc, I found this album to be a little less stretching on his vocal abilities. Although he's a dead ringer for Coverdale, it's uncanny in places and it would have been nice to have heard a bit more vocal experimentation. Another reason is its too short! Only 42 minutes when most albums these days are approaching an hour in length is a little short of the mark I think. Still it's a quality effort and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves melodic metal.

02/12/01: Figge - anderssonfigge@hotmail.com
Rating: 96
In my opinion the best album this year (so far). Jorn is in perfect form and delivers one of the best vocal performances I've ever heard. I agree that this is the best release with Jorn Lande, it's even better than "Burn The Sun" (Ark), and the Tore Moren (guitar) plays his heart out. Worldchanger is extremely heavy at times but doesn't lack of melodies that should suit fans of melodic hard rock/AOR. I love Jorn's latest releases with Millenium, Ark and his first solo album "Starfire", but this tops them all. Sunset Station, House of Cards (with Jorn sounding very much like Coverdale)are highlights, but the last track on the album, Bridges Will Burn, is my favourite...the best song of 2001????


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