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A man's tribute to the Legend
on August 2, 2010
It would be fair to say that by 2010 Jorn Lande is a well established presence in the rock/metal genres both as a band member and solo artist. Throughout his solo career his admiration for classic hard rock led him to covering songs of `Deep Purple', `Black Sabbath', `Thin lizzy' and `Whitesnake' amongst others both on record and on stage.
`Dio' is Jorn's tribute to the legend and his music featuring the original brand new track `Song for Ronnie James' plus twelve cover versions of the giant's songs. It really comes as no surprise that Jorn performs the songs impeccably to the letter; what perhaps is unexpected is the performance of his band which is somewhat superior to their previous studio performances, as they are indeed on fire. To his credit `Jorn' does not concentrate on the legend's hits but actually builds a compilation of his own favorite `Dio' songs; therefore you get trademarks such as `Stand up and shout', `Don't talk to strangers' and `Sacred heart' but you also find more obscure material such as `Night people', `Lord of the last day' and `Push'.
Even though I do not want to, I have to address theories of `Cashing in'; But for anyone who is willing to see the bigger picture, would realize that this choice is actually a bold move of Jorn definite to bring him a fair share of negative heat while financial rewards are very uncertain. (One could claim that it is rather naïve to speak of cashing in from CD sales at this day and age.)
Beyond this there is not much left to analyze regarding this album; simply it's one man's tribute to one of the greatest musical personalities of our time. It is not to say goodbye, it is to keep him alive.