The Gathering / Unlocking the Past

Release date: January 26th 2007
Frontiers Records
Provided by: Zink Music
Distribution: Bonnier/Amigo

Classic Hard Rock / Metal

Rating: 80/100
Reviewed by:
Kenn Jensen
December 9th 2006

For almost 15 years we have been blessed many times by the sheer talent of Jorn Lande, from his early days in bands like Vagabond, The Snakes, Ark, Millenium and Beyond Twilight to his latest adventures in Masterplan, which sadly has ended now. Throughout his rise to stardom he has stayed faithful to his roots and has released 4 solo albums as well as taking part on various projects.

'The Gathering' is a fine collection of revamped songs from his solo-career, some has been re-recorded from scratch, some has been re-arranged, some has been re-mixed and all songs have been re-mastered by Tommy Hansen. The selection (of songs) leaves nothing to be desired for and all songs benefits greatly by the face lift.

'Unlocking the Past' is a collection of previous unreleased cover songs and it won't come as a big surprise to Jorn Lande fans that it includes tunes like: "Fool for Your Loving" (Whitesnake), "Cold Sweat" (Thin Lizzy), "Feel like Making Love (Bad Company), "Kill the King" (Rainbow), "Perfect Strangers" (Deep Purple), "Naked City" (Kiss) or "The Day the Earth Caught Fire" (City Boy). Paying tribute to his roots and staying truthful to the originals are the keywords for all of the cover-versions.

These 2 albums give a great insight into Jorn's universe, and showcase just how great a vocalist he is, I love his voice and can only strongly recommend both albums to fans of his! Even though I do have all of his solo-albums, I do enjoy every second of the albums and the face lift gives the older songs new life, the cover-versions are good and listening to the albums makes me realize just how many awesome guitarists he has been working with as well.

The albums will be released separately, so in case you just want to check out his back-catalogue or only the cover-versions then that's possible as well, but do get them both...