JORN have parted ways with drummer Willy Bendiksen. Jorn leader Jorn Lande states: “After many years of working together, I am sorry to announce that Willy Bendiksen will no longer be playing with us. We wish him all the best and good luck for the future. A new drummer will be announced.”
Frontiers Records released a brand new, all original studio album from Jorn, entitled Traveller, back in June. The album landed at #12 on Norway’s album charts, Jorn’s best-ever chart position in that country. A new video has been released, for the album track ‘Cancer Demon’.
A special message from Jorn Lande: “‘Cancer Demon’ is a special song with a strong message that most people unfortunately may be able to relate to. The song is written with the intent to shed some light on one of the world’s worst illnesses: cancer. I have had the privilege of recording this video in a medieval chapel in Sarpsborg, Norway. I think this location makes the message stronger and more direct, as the lyrics also are. The song might seem brutal, but I think people can relate to and embrace it for its honesty, and see it as a daring, but beautiful thing to do. The pressure of trends and business may overshadow our presence these days, and by striving to be politically correct, people forget to live and breathe, while there’s still time and health is good. I’m sure many of you know someone who lost their battle with cancer, or maybe someone who won it. Personally I lost friends, family and colleagues through the years. “Cancer Demon” has a lyrical message beyond what rock or metal bands would normally write, and therefore I believe it is more unique. This message should be available for everyone rather than swept under the rug. Help stop the ”Cancer Demon” now, and make a donation!”
Traveller is Jorn’s eighth studio album under the Jorn banner and represents the first product of the pairing of Jorn Lande and the new guitarist Trond Holter (WIG WAM, DREAM POLICE). The result is eleven new songs encompassing a variety of moods and styles, with Lande’s voice shining through memorable anthems, backed by wonderful grooves and tightly-executed classic and melodic heavy metal.
“This album has all the elements of the Jorn legacy,” says Lande. “It is heavy, but still very melodic and experimental, and it really rocks! As usual we haven’t spent much time analyzing the material before recording it, this is an album about life, doom and death reflecting on what I know and thoughts about what I don’t.”
Traveller includes the following tracks:
‘Make Your Engine Scream’
‘Carry The Black’
‘The Man Who Was King’
You can sample four songs from the new album below:
Jorn Lande: vocals
Trond Holter: guitar
Jimmy Iversen: guitar
Bernt Jansen: bass