Sound: Jorn Lande is probably one of the best vocalists in metal right now, so it's hardly surprising that he was spot on that night. His original songs sounded just as good, if not better, than on the albums, and his covers (which will be named later), more than did justice to the originals. Quite often at a concert, during the first few seconds of the first song the singer will be drowned out by the instruments, before the levels are hastily fixed. This time, they got everything pretty much spot on. If they did have to fix anything, it was either done very quickly, or it was barely noticeable to begin with. The guitar solos were clear and easy to hear, but the riffs slotted in nicely behind Jorn's voice. Every instrument was spot on, and every player was spot on too, I spotted no mistakes. // 10
Perfomance: During the concert, I looked around to see how others were taking it. Everybody in sight was headbanging, air-guitaring, or dancing. Perhaps more than any other gig I've been to, there was a huge sense of camaraderie, with people throwing their arms round other people's shoulders, bellowing along with Jorn. Now for the list of songs. This is strictly from memory, so I will not get these in the exact order.
01.War Of The Worlds: excellent. A great chorus to sing along with.
02.Out To Every Nation: probably the most requested song of the night. People would start singing "I was born to be a storytelling man... " throughout the night, trying to prompt Jorn.
02.Tunger Kniver: once again, great to sing along with. Probably the best headbanging tune of the night.
03.Man Of The Dark: Jorn introduced this one by just singing the first line without instrumental backing. Huge crowd reaction for it.
04.Are You Ready? (Thin Lizzy): great song to get the crowd pumped up.
05.We Rock (Dio): the finale song, a great choice to finish the concert on. Everybody was singing along.
Jorn's crowd interaction was fantastic, ranging from jokingly mocking the English ("We're having a jolly good time up here. Spendid! Sod off lad!") to scanning the audience for cameras, and pointing at them to give us that great photo opportunity.
The drum solo was impressive, although perhaps more impressive was the drummer's sense of humour. He paused in between blasts to allow the crowd to cheer, and at one point he just pretended to hit the drums, receiving a cheer anyway! // 9
Overall Impression: 12/11/08, JB's, Dudley, England. I couldn't hear the names of the opening acts, and haven't been able to find them since. They weren't very impressive though. Everything about the show was enjoyable. Jorn's performance was spot on, and the support acts weren't on for too long. The switching around of instruments was done quickly, so we weren't left waiting for too long for the bands to come on. Tickets cost 14, worth every penny. Next time Jorn Lande is in the UK, I'm there. // 10