"Unlocking the Past" (Frontiers; 2007)

Reviewed by Edwin Van Hoof

Jorn Lande is one of rock’s finest performers, blessed with a voice with so wide a range that he can cover Dio as easily as David Coverdale without blinking his eyes. And that is exactly what Jorn Lande does on this CD. 

“Unlocking the Past” features a collection of the tracks that inspired Jorn to be the great vocalist he is today. Just check out the amazing, updated version of Whitesnake’s “Fool For Your Loving” and you’ll catch my drift. It is powered with so much energy, it nearly explodes! Lande sounds like David Coverdale on steroids with bluesy, enthusiastic, untameable power!. Thin Lizzy’s “Cold Sweat” is rock hard and on full shred as is his mighty revival version of Deep Purple’s “Burn” and “Perfect Strangers” (what an intro!). Both are all fired with peppers up the arse, making the originals standing pretty pale in the end. 

“Feel Like Making Love” gets the acoustic treatment (inspired!) while “Kill the King” shoots away at full throttle instantly, passing us by as fast as it started! It is inspired and passionate! And, oh how Jorn sounds like Dio! But, then, he sounds so much like the others as well. Not impersonating them, mind you, just shining his light and paying them tribute. 

The all star cast of players from the Scandinavian scene provides the boost and the power: Le Tekro (TNT), Don Airey (Ten, K2, Rainbow, etc), Santollo (Millennium, Iced Earth, Eyewitness, etc.). Even Shane French gives his best on this stomping rock collection. With all these stars at hand, creating some magical moments with their best songs and some of rock’s finest tracks ever, Jorn manages to capture the classical magic and spice it up. KISS's “Naked City” never sounded this awesome, to name another one. 

“Unlocking the Past” is a collection of tracks that every rock fan will love from beginning to end. It is delivered with power and passion, without a dull moment. Jorn revives his classics and contributes to our collection some of the best cover versions ever recorded, by what might as well be the best vocalist today! 

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"Starfire" (Frontiers/Now & Then; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This lackluster solo CD from Jorn Lande, who is also the vocalist of ARK, is disappointing in that it really lacks anything that will stir your blood. And those tracks that do stir are covers of other bands' hits. In fact, the best song on the CD is arguably the cover of Deep Purple's "Burn." But covers of Journey and Foreigner songs appear here as well.

Jorn isn't a bad vocalist. His work in ARK is evidence of that. But this CD doesn't have much to offer. In fact, it's comparable to the lesser works of the bands he covers - in a word, it's just plain dull.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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