The Final Frontier
Ride Like The Wind
New York Minute
Needles and Pins
Running Up That Hill
Jorn Lande is one of the best singers to have come out in the last 30 years. His style is rooted within the classic signers of Coverdale, Dio, Dickinson and Gillan. And to his detriment, the previous labels he was on, marketed him heavily as a clone of those singers which either will get a curious audience to check him out or people would just ignore him, because hey, why would they need a clone.
He started off with a band called Vagabond, which had TNT members in it, released an album on a label, got dropped from the label and released another album independently. Then when TNT reformed, Vagabond was done, and Jorn joined a band called The Snakes with Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, which sounded like another band that has Snake in the title. He was fired from that band, did a few projects here and there, until he formed the band Jorn and started a long partnership with Frontiers Records.
“Heavy Rock Radio” is a project which has Jorn Lande covering some classic songs which inspired him. Of course, it’s another project funded by Frontiers who is trying its hardest to get so many recordings under its control.
One of my favourite Kiss songs is “Naked City” and it gets an updated rendition here. Which I certify as 100% excellent.
“Ride Like The Wind” from Saxon and “Lonely Nights” from Bryan Adams got taken out of the early 80’s and brought into the 2020’s as modern rock songs.
And there is no cover album from Jorn without a tribute to Ronnie James Dio material, in this case, “Die Young” and “Mystery”.
“The Final Frontier” actually sounds better than Maiden’s version and Jorn delivers on the vocal front.
“New York Minute” is a Don Henley cover and the intro highlights were “18 And Life” might have come from.
“Needles and Pins” is from the 60’s by The Searchers and the band Smokie made it a rock like ballad in the 70’s which sounds like the version that Jorn took and modernized even more into a melodic rock anthem.
“Love” is from Santana’s 1979 album, “Marathon” and this version is so good.
Suffering’ night and day
People all around me crying
Enough–what’s the use
We don’t even feel like trying
Lyrics like the above, is a big reason why music is special to me. It’s easy to give up than continue especially when you don’t feel up to it, to face the day. And when you feel alone, you hear that others are feeling the same.
Hatred, doubt, and fear
It’s not the way toward the solution
There must be a way
To be free from all illusion
The people try to find a way, but money and fear clouds everything. Doomsday scenarios of financial Armageddon and what not always abound.
And humans are bad at making decisions. We have a strong view point against illicit drugs, while we hold a cigarette in one hand and a glass of scotch in the other. We are scared to travel because of a virus but the virus is in our country as well.
All we need is love
We have it in abundance. We share it carefully.
History loudly claims
That we never learnt our lesson
We kill one another
We put the blame on greed and passion
Has anything changed?
We move from one conflict to the next, from one virus to the next, from one recession to the next and the cycle keeps repeating, because greed rules everything. As long as corporations exist on foreign soils, exploiting the native lands and its workers, we will kill one another.
Wise men calmly say
Every man shall reach perfection
If we help each other
We will reach our destination
And that’s the problem.
Have we forgotten how to help each other?
I’ve include “Running Up That Hill”, a cover from Kate Bush, which appeared on Heavy Rock Radio Volume 1 from a few years before because Jorn has taken a unique pop song and turned it into a beautiful rock track.
Royal Bliss are a great band. This is a cover of an acoustic song from Post Malone, released in 2016.
The chord progression reminds me of “Dust In The Wind”. And for those hard rock and metal elitists who mocked the Ozzman for collaborating with Post Malone, should check out this song (along with tracks like “Hollywood Bleeding”) and understand that just because someone has 53 million Spotify listeners a month, and has dance beats in their songs, it doesn’t mean they don’t have any rock credibility.
The intro of the voices humming out the melody is enough to get me interested and then the opening line sealed the deal.
I been looking for someone to put up with my bullshit
Isn’t that teamwork. Find someone to love, to put up with your BS and in return you put up with their BS and you live happily ever after.
Show no emotion, against your coding, just act as hard as you can
You don’t need a friend, Boy, you’re the man
Masculinity is toxic. Having more testosterone doesn’t make a man invincible. Emotions and feelings are still the same as everyone else’s. And we need to be allowed to show these emotions without judgement. Because it is part of our coding.
From about 1.42, the song kicks into overdrive.
Shakra really knows how to deliver some heavy melodic rockers. Crank this song and if it doesn’t get your foot tapping and your head banging, you are too uptight to let go.
Death Of Me
Another Lost Year
The guitar lick after the singing at the start gets me playing air guitar and the vocal melody lingers for a long period.
I remember everything that you said
We have a tendency to remember more bad things than good.
Part 1 is here.
Part 3 is up next.