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Enjoyable Hard Rock/Metal effort - 84%

slayrrr666, June 18th, 2012

Norwegian vocalist Jorn Lande, long-tenured in the Hard Rock/Metal scene having fronted or performed with Yngwie Malmsteen, Ark, Beyond Twilight, Avantasia and Masterplan, offers up his ninth solo release, “Bring Heavy Rock to the Land,” and it’s a veritable highlight of the Progressive/Melodic Heavy Metal he’s made his name known for.

One of the great virtues of the disc is the fact that it manages to encapsulate a variety of moods and emotions throughout the running time. With several tracks running a good five-minutes plus, it allows for a variety of different styles to come through, especially on the album’s two longest cuts, the title track and “A Thousand Cuts,” both which allow his voice to shine through memorable choruses as he’s backed by wonderful grooves and tightly-executed Melodic Heavy Metal. Both also provide a nice framework for the rest of the band to get some time to shine, with some fine solos on display and a great rhythm section to carry through the tracks, making them fine album highlights. Other highlights include the thrashing “Chains Around You” which brings the tempo up a little more than the majority of the other tracks which are a little more subdued, and another fine mid-tempo rocker in “Ride to the Guns” which has some militaristic drumming amidst a fine lengthy guitar solo to offer some more variation across the album. Ballad-ish “Black Morning” even incorporates some acoustic guitars to come across somewhat like a country-ballad, yet never feels out of place due to Jorn’s powerful voice and melodic croon.

As a whole, there’s very little to dislike here, as his warm, soulful voice is given free-range to roam and soar across the majority of the album, and he definitely makes his presence felt here, and with a solid backing band that offers some guitar riffs, solid drumming and an overall great sound, this one makes for a solid listen all the way through, which always makes for a more interesting and enjoyable experience.

If there’s to be a flaw to this effort, it’s to be found in the production, which makes Jorn front-and-center and drowns out the rest of the band, which is most prominent on the musical interludes where they can shine through without fighting over his vocals to get some space to shine, making it a little distracting when the mix drops off and makes it hard to hear the fine music going on under his voice, but this won’t be a quibble many will find fault with and in the end, this is another fine addition to a great catalog.

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