JORN LANDE Appointed "Prince Of The Sun"
On April 7th, JORN LANDE
was officially appointed “Prince Of The Sun”
by the mayor of his city of birth, Rjukan, in Telemark, Norway. The
Prince and his entourage arrived at the town square stage after being
part of a long royal style cortege through the streets of Rjukan.
The ceremony was held in front of several thousand people at the town square.
"The rock world already has it's "Prince Of Darkness",
now it also
has a "Prince Of The Sun",
the newly appointed Prince Jorn proclaimed in
his speech to the people.
The city of Rjukan is famous for this annual celebration every
spring, marking the day the sun returns – meaning that it is high enough
on the sky to reach Rjukan and its residents in the deep valley. From
October to March every year the valley is in shadows. All the people of
Rjukan take to the streets and dress up in fantastic costumes to
celebrate the sun’s return.
The first Solfest (sun carnival) was held in 1925 and has since been
an important cultural event. And every Solfest they appoint a Prince Of
The Sun – who has to be a person from Rjukan that has contributed to
promoting and benefiting the town and the area. Rjukans history is quite
impressive and of huge interest world wide, as it was here the worlds
largest power plant was built by Norsk Hydro in the early 19th century.
Rjukan was a significant industrial center producing Salpetre
(fertilizer) and later hydrogen, which again resulted in the product
known as heavy water (deuterium oxide). During World War II the
production of heavy water was of huge interest to Hitler and his nuclear
program, since heavy water could be used to produce nuclear weapons.
The Norwegian resistance, in collaboration with the allies, decided to
sabotage the heavy water supply and destroy the heavy water plant, to
stop the nazi development of nuclear weapons. High risk raids were aimed
at the 60-MW Vemork Power Station by the Rjukan water fall while it was
in German hands. After the war, Hollywood and Columbia Pictures looked
to Rjukan and the spectacular war efforts of the local saboteurs, and in
1965 the film Heroes of Telemark was made, starring legendary actors
Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris. The film, about the heavy water
sabotage, was among the 15 most popular films at the british box office
Frontiers Records recently announced the release of a brand new, all
original, Jorn studio album, Traveller, on June 11th in North America
and June 14th in Europe.Traveller
is his 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: