Released: 2001, Frontiers Records
I have to admit that first when I got this CD I knew nothing about Jorn Lande other than he was the vocalist for Ark. In a world with so much metal it is hard to intently listen to everything that is out there and I had only heard Ark in passing. I thought they were a pretty good band but after hearing WORLD CHANGER I am going to have to hunt down some of their CDs. A little bit about Jorn Lande before I get to the CD. Norwegian Jorn Lande has been involved with The Snakes, Vagabond but is most known for his releases with both Milennium and Ark. Jorn decided to go the solo route and in 2000 released his first disc entitled "Starfire". This CD was a mix of covers from Deep Purple, Foreigner Journey etc to originals written by Lande. Jorn has toured in support of Yngwie Malmsteen and appeared on Nikolai Kotzov's Nostradamus project amongst other projects. For WORLD CHANGER Lande has assembled a talented band which includes Tore Moren: guitar, Sid Ringsby: bass and Jan "Hellhammer" Aksel on the drums. For Hellhammer this project is something a little out of the ordinary. Jorn handles the production on the board but the disc was mixed by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, Heaven's Gate).
The first thing that strikes me as I listen to this CD is the incredible voice that is possessed by Jorn. It is powerful and melodic with a raspy, almost bluesy quality that hints at past greats such as Ian Gillan and David Coverdale. The release opens with the plodding track "Tunger Knivur" which, according to the liner notes, roughly means Heavy Knife. This is an almost doomy tune that is very dark and highlights Jorn who goes from a whisper from a scream at the drop of hat. Up next is the more hard rock influenced "Sunset Station" followed by the heavier "Glow in the Dark". On the track "House of Cards" Jorn’s love for the work of David Coverdale emerges as he belts out a bluesy track that would do the Whitesnake proud. Not content to croon his way through the rest of the album, Jorn kicks things into high gear with the double bass blistering track "Bless The Child". Jorn displays his considerable vocal chords as the rest of the band screams along behind him. The CD closes out with a great mid paced hard rock track called "Bridges Will Burn".
Jorn has managed to create a solo disc that runs the gamut from bluesy hard rock to all out powermetal. He is at home in any degree of metal which falls in between. It doesn’t hurt that he has surrounded himself with great musicians. Jorn is not just a voice. He is also a talented songwriter who looks to have a promising future in the metal world.