Jorn Lande & Trond Holter present DRACULA Swing of Death – Album review
So, those two fabulous musicians from Norway, Jorn Lande and Trond Holter, decided to do something labeled as a “Rock Opera” – sound kind of boring. Well, both are good at what they are doing…so why not give it a whirl. Well, labeling music can be kind of deceiving because this release is anything but boring, a better word to describe it would be awesome! But, let’s paddle back a bit and see what this is all about. This concept album tells the story of Dracula’s inner battles, thirst for love and pain in a compelling, modern way. Jorn impersonates the main character and Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen represents Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker books. Both are exceptional vocalists, so in the voice department we are in for a treat here!
The 10-track album kicks off with an atmospheric intro to “Hands of Your God”, a slow stomper track, and Jorn Lande’s captivates you immediately. This makes appetite for some more and Dracula doesn’t suck after this either. ” Walking on Water” (video below) is an excellent hard rock track with guitars to die for. The track that really won us over and put the nail in the coffin of undying love for this album follows with “Swing of Death” – a brilliant swing metal number that puts a grin on our faces on every listen. Perfection!
Walking on Water from Jorn Lande & Trond Holter present DRACULA Swing of Death
More brilliance in “Save Me” and “River of Tears” are next up and those two songs don’t disappoint either. Neither does the rest of the album, although it feels like the remaining tracks fall behind a little bit – the reason being that the first five tracks are exceptionally good.
Musicians on this project:
Jorn Lande – Lead Vocals
Trond Holter – Guitar
Bernt Jansen – Bass
Per Morten Bergseth – Drums
Lena Fløitmoen Børresen – Duet vocals on “Under the Gun”, “Into the Dark”, “Save Me” and “River of Tears”