Jørn Lande

Out to Every Nation

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The Nirvana/Pearl Jam/grunge/Seattle upheaval of the early '90s didn't eradicate '70s/'80s-style metal and hard rock, but it did marginalize them -- and from 1992-1993 on, rockers who weren't alternative in some fashion were considered dated or old school. But the more things change in music, the more they inevitably stay the same -- which is why the '90s and early 2000s gave listeners a wave of young European power metal revival bands that refuse to live in a post-Nevermind world and stubbornly cling to the metal of the '70s and '80s. Out to Every Nation, Norwegian singer Jorn Lande's third solo album, isn't power metal per se -- at least not in the basic Judas Priest/Iron Maiden/Queensrÿche/Savatage sense. But this 2004 release does have a strong '70s/'80s vibe and is proudly retro in a way that will appeal to all the Gen-X and Gen-Y headbangers who find themselves craving the same classic rock stations that their baby boomer parents or grandparents listen to. Lande, who has no problem singing in perfect English, is clearly a Deep Purple worshiper; David Coverdale, in fact, has greatly influenced his vocals, which also owe something to Ronnie James Dio and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant. Out to Every Nation won't win any awards for originality; Lande's heavy metal, hard rock, and arena rock songs sound like they could have been written 20, 25, or 30 years earlier. But truth be told, Lande is under no obligation to be innovative. Retro is fine as long as it is well done, and Lande's tunes are generally hooky and enjoyable. Headbangers who still can't get enough of pre-'90s metal and hard rock will find Out to Every Nation to be a decent, if derivative, contribution to Europe's retro-metal movement.

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