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Review: Jorn - Worldchanger

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 42:29
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 4.8/5

Review online: January 14, 2005
Reviewed by: ShadowsFall
Readers Rating

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (5 Votes)

O no, not Jorn Lande. I understand a few people don't like this man for whatever reason, but for the life of me I can't understand why. Well maybe he's and asshole or something, but I couldn't care less because in my opinion he makes very good music. In case you haven't guessed this is his solo band (well, he doesn't do all the instruments) and I think this is his best work yet. This album Worldchanger is his second release with the Jorn name, and I must say I enjoy this album quit a bit. For one thing unlike his band Masterplan he actually puts a lot of emotion into each song.

Jorn writes all the songs and does all the vocal work. The vocals in this album are excellent (and are also the main focus of the music). He hits all kinds of different ranges; he can be dark and heavy sometimes and other times be powerful and hit all the high notes no problem. Also doing a superb job on guitars is Tore Moren (not exactly sure who this guy is but he does a good job anyways).

The main reason this album did not get a perfect 5 is because towards the end it starts to go a little downhill, and also I don't really care much for some of the lyrics. I don't care about how much Jorn likes some girl, or what adventure he wants to go on with someone (cheesy). But other than those two complaints this album is very good. It is a very enjoyable album, really catchy songs and choruses. My favorite song on the album would have to be House Of Cards. This song is maybe a little slower than the rest of the album but I love the way it sounds. It has one of the coolest choruses I have ever heard, and I find myself singing it in my head all the time. Another good song is Bless The Child which is full of anger and hatred and has a bit of a thrash sound to it which is a lot different from the rest of the album. Some other stand out tracks include: Tungur Knivur, Sunset Station, and the title track Worldchanger.

All around a very good album, even better than his newest release Out To Every Nation. Jorn needs to keep his mind on this kind of music, and make sure on his next album he uses Jorn Viggo Lofstad (Pagan's Mind) a lot more, and maybe gets better at his lyric writing.

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