ARTIST:

JORN LANDE

(NORWAY)
TITLE:

SYMPHONIC

(2013)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Epic, Symphonic
"If you're a fan of Dio and Symphonic Metal, this best-of album recorded with a symphonic ensemble should hit the bull's eye."
MR.BLUE (22.01.2013)  
3/5
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In this age of digital technology and the Internet, it is clearly possible to ask the question of whether it is worthwhile for an artist to offer a Best-Of when everyone can create their own personalised playlist with just a few clicks. Jorn seems to have understood this and therefore, as a smart artist, offers a very special Best-Of since the tracks here have been rearranged, sometimes even remixed, and benefit from the presence of an orchestra, hence his title "Symphonic".

Looking at the list of tracks, we quickly realize that no less than six tracks are from his latest album "Bring Heavy Rock To The Land". Out of a total of 14, that's a bit much. Only two are from the famous "Out To Every Nation", three from the timidly welcomed "Lonely Are The Brave" of 2008 and two from his album in tribute to Ronnie James Dio, including 'Rock N' Roll Children', a new track that will push the last undecided one to buy.

And the result is rather nice but far from being essential. Because the symphonic style goes rather well for some tracks like the opening 'I Came To Rock'. Preceded by a big symphonic introduction worthy of the greatest cinematographic achievements, it impresses. The famous unreleased track 'Rock N' Roll Children' is also enhanced by a luminous orchestration that carries the title with class. 'Man Of The Dark' is one of the most classic songs, and it is also very well done. The main riff is cleverly altered by the strings and the lighter ensemble gains in majesty.

Overall, Jorn's voice has more echo than in the original version and the guitar is slightly set back to better integrate the orchestra into the ensemble. Thus, the numerous mid-tempi gain a more epic and airy side that takes the productions a little further away from their eternal comparisons with the master Dio. Black Morning' for example or the older 'Vision Eyes' are enriched by a true and surprising symphony which, together with the guitar, fills the voids. The swift 'Time To Be King' from his collaboration with Masterplan sees the violins imitate a guitar tapping on the main line, which also brings a real added value to the original. However, where the orchestra only supports the guitar line, such as on 'The World I See', 'War Of The World' or the few strings on the ballad 'My Road', the listener will get nothing more than the original.

Fans will undoubtedly appreciate the exercise, as the artist's voice and music lend themselves very well to it. As for those who know little or nothing about Jorn's career, as long as they are not reluctant to have an orchestra intervene in a rock track, they will find something to satisfy their ears, especially with the Maestro's ever-impressive voice.


More informations on http://www.jornlande.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. I Came To Rock - 06:43
02. Rock N' Roll Children - 04:38
03. The World I See – 06:44
04. Burn Your Flame – 03:38
05. Man Of The Dark – 05:26
06. My Road – 02:51
07. Time To Be King – 04:33
08. Black Morning – 04:48
09. Like Stone In Water – 05:32
10. Vision Eyes – 05:08
11. War Of The World – 05:43
12. Behind The Clown – 04:19
13. A Thousand Cuts – 09:23

LINEUP:
Jimmy Iversen: Guitares
Jorn Lande: Chant
Nic Angileri: Basse
tom moren: Guitares
Willy Bendiksen: Batterie
   
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