The Norse God of Metal. The leader of the renaissance of classic Hard Rock on its highest level. One of the most prolific and sought-after singers of today, whose vocal talent has reserved him a place amongst the greatest giants in the history of Rock. This is Jorn Lande and now he offers his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio”, to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the US.
Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man’s influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70′s, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man’s creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era”.
The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says “I wrote ‘Song for Ronnie James’ as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today”.
The “Song for Ronnie James” videoclip can be watched here:
Either as front man in German metal act Masterplan, which has achieved great success around the world, or as guest in spectacular projects such as Tobias Sammet’s “Avantasia”, or in the Allen / Lande’s releases, Jorn Lande is today a trademark for quality Hard Rock music. “Dio” is the new chapter in Jorn’s history and a sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to a great and influential Artist.
“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks: Song For Ronnie James; Invisible; Shame on the Night; Push; Stand Up And Shout; Don’t Talk to Strangers; Lord Of The Last Day; Night People; Sacred Heart; Sunset Superman; Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version); Kill The King*; Straight Through The Heart (live). Song for Ronnie James (videoclip)
Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Tore Moren: guitars
Jgor Gianola: guitars
Tor Erik Myhre: guitars
Nic Angileri: Bass
Dream Evil, the Swedish heavy metal band named after the classic DIO album, is back with their fifth studio album, In The Night. The only thing the band has changed in 2010 is their stage names. If you are familiar with the heavy metal sound of Dream Evil, you will find much to like with the band’s latest release. Dream Evil dishes out another disc filled with awesome musicianship, incredible energy, and fantastic vocals. If you haven’t ever heard singer Niklas “Nick Night” Isfeldt sing before you are in for a treat. Isfeldt could give Rob Halford and Ralf Scheepers a run for their money. His metal screams are total ecstasy to my ears.
I must admit that I didn’t care much for the album opener “Immortal”. Maybe it just taps into the whole power metal/viking metal thing a little too much for my taste. Luckily, this is one of the only weak spots on In the Night.
The title track “In The Night” immediately bring classic Accept to mind. This is a powerful song, that should have been the album opener in my opinion.
If there is one song that exudes the complete spirit of heavy metal music, “Bang Your Head” would be the one. This stadium anthem might have some cheesy lyrics, but the song is undeniably 100 % pure metal, and I love it.
If Dream Evil ever had a hit song in the making, “See The Light” would be the one. This song has a big bombastic sound that the melodic rock fans are going to love.
On the not so cleverly titled song “The Ballad”, Dream Evil slow it down and show that they can deliver one great power ballad. I am not sure why they didn’t call this “When The Children Cry”, but it is a good song nonetheless. A lot of fans have given Dream Evil crap over this tune, but I like that fact that band still shines when they aren’t cranking out their high speed rockers.
“Kill, Burn, Be Evil” is a metal anthem that will have fans screaming at the top of their lungs and throwing their devil horns in the air. The song’s only detriment is that it is a little short, but it is still highly enjoyable.
Not every song on In The Night is perfect, but I have given this CD a few spins now, and it seems to get better with every listen.
Dream Evil always delivers with each new album they have put out. If you are a metalhead, you won’t want to miss out on Into the Night!! Pick it up and let the headbanging begin!
For more information on Dream Evil, and to preview some songs from Into The Night, please visit the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
2. In The Night
3. Bang Your Head
4. See The Light
7. On The Wind
8. The Ballad
9. In The Fires Of The Sun
10. Mean Machine
11. Kill, Burn, Be Evil
12. The Unchosen One
Dream Evil is:
Niklas Isfeldt (Nick Night) – Vocals
Daniel Varghamne (Dannee Demon) – Lead Guitars
Fredrik Nordström (Ritchie Rainbow) – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards
Peter Stålfors (Pete Pain) – Bass
Patrik Jerksten (Pat Power) – Drums
If you haven’t heard the new Danko Jones song, “Full of Regret”, stop what you are doing, and watch this video clip now! The video below features Lemmy from Motorhead, Selma Blair, Elijah Wood and more! Danko Jones new album, “Below The Belt” will be released on June 8th!
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