Album review: JORN – Live On Death Road

JORN - Live On Death Road

Frontiers [Release date 14.06.19]

Jorn Lande continues his fiftieth birthday celebrations, started off last December with a lavish box set, with a live double CD and DVD. Joining Jorn in his live band are guitarist Tore Moren, keyboards player Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline), bassist Sid Ringsby and two drummers, namely Beata Polak and Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear). The band certainly play their part, in particular the impressive guitar playing of Tore Moren.

It is a varied setlist covering not only his newer solo material like ‘Bring Heavy Rock To The Land’, but some older classics like ‘Blacksong’ and ‘Sunset Station’, along with ‘Walking on Water’ from the ‘Dracula Rock Opera’. However, I am still not convinced Jorn covering Christopher Cross’s ‘Ride Like The Wind’ works well.

Being a Jorn concert there are Dio related covers. There is a rocking run though Black Sabbath’s ‘The Mob Rules’ and a classy rendition of the Dio classic ‘Rainbow In The Dark’ – complete with the plinky keyboards riff!

The DVD adds ‘Man Of The 80’s’ in place of Ozzy’s ‘Shot In The Dark’ on the CD. Nothing overly spectacular in the visual as Jorn is one of those artists where he lets his singing and music take centre stage.

A fitting live set from one of rock and metal’s most consistent and underrated vocalists. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie


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