Veteran rocker Jorn Lande is at it again. Life on Death Road will mark the ninth studio album for the Viking from Norway. Jorn’s vocals have often been compared to Dio and David Coverdale, but with all his success in the power metal world people are finally comparing other vocalists to him. His voice is strong and a bit raspy. This combined with his melodic style has created his own signature. Life on Death Road is another classic Jorn style album and he has assembled a lineup of veteran rockers to back him up. On bass is Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner, Kiske/Somerville), on keyboards is Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Revolution Saints), on drums Francesco Iovino (Primal Fear) and on guitar is Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle).
Life on Death Road opens with the title track “Life on Death Road.” This track is textbook Jorn with melodic riffs and vocals. Track number two is “Hammered to the Cross (The Business).” This is one of my favorite tracks. It has a nice tempo combined with great guitar work. Track three is “Love is the Remedy,” a fast tune with classic Jorn vocals. The next track is a power ballad called “Dreamwalker.” The album continues with heavy, melodic Jorn songs. Some of my other favorite tracks are “Insoluble Maze (Dreams in the Blindness)”, “The Slippery Slope (Hangman’s Rope)” and “Man of the 80’s.”
Overall, Life on Death Road is a very good album. For those who like Jorn’s style, this album is a must and for those of you who are not familiar with the Viking of Norway, check this album out. It is a good album to introduce you to Jorn, and why he has lasted this long in the metal scene.