Jorn – Heavy Rock Radio
2016, Frontiers Records
1. I Know There’s Something Going On
2. Running Up That Hill
3. Rev on the Red Line
4. You’re the Voice
5. Live to Win
6. Don’t Stop Believin’
7. Killer Queen
8. Hotel California
9. Rainbow in the Dark
10. The Final Frontier
12. Die Young
Jorn Lande – Vocals
Trond Holter, Jimmy Iversen (“Rainbow in the Dark”), Tore Moren (“Rainbow in the Dark”), Jorn Viggo Lofstad (“Stormbringer”) – Guitars
Francesco Iovino, Willy Bendiksen (“Rainbow in the Dark” & “Stormbringer”) – Drums
Thomas Bekkevold, Nic Angileri (“Rainbow in the Dark”), Sid Ringsby (“Stormbringer”) – Bass
Alessandro Del Vecchio – Keyboards
Vocalist extraordinaire continues to pay respect to the old gods with his latest release. It’s no secret that Jorn is a HUGE fan of Ronnie James Dio, or that has covered Dio’s songs many, many times (and even devoted an entire album of cover songs to him), but now he’s expanding. Heavy Rock Radio has Jorn covering Journey, Paul Stanley (from his 2005 Live to Win solo album!), Queen, Eagles, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Foreigner, and, of course, Dio and Dio-era Black Sabbath. There’s also tracks originally recorded by Kate Bush (“Running Up That Hill”) and some ’80s pop (Frida’s “I Know There’s Something Going On”).
Okay, so “Don’t Stop Believin'” isn’t exactly lacking for cover versions, but what I love about this album is that Jorn didn’t go for the obvious choice for some of these musicians. I mean, a cover of a Paul Stanley song from 2005? Or an Iron Maiden song that was released in 2010? Or a Deep Purple song that isn’t “Burn” or from the Gillan era?
Having said that, I would be completely satisfied if Jorn recorded every song Ronnie James Dio ever sang on from his days in Dio, Rainbow & Black Sabbath. I’m not kidding. No one can ever replace Ronnie, but Jorn shows great love and appreciation for Ronnie’s work and he always sounds completely amazing on Dio covers as evident by this album’s versions of “Rainbow in the Dark” and “Die Young”.
Jorn absolutely slays all of these songs. I couldn’t care less for Kate Bush, but his cover of “Running Up That Hill”? Amazing. Heavy Rock Radio is another fantastic album from Jorn Lande.
Highlights: “I Know There’s Something Going On”, “Running Up That Hill”, “Live to Win”, “Hotel California”, “Rainbow in the Dark”, “The Final Frontier”, “”Stormbringer”, “Die Young”