Just got back from Barcelona, and the 2016 League of Legends All-Star event. 30 of the worlds top players participated, and both the battling and the ceremonies were great.
Special thanks to Viranda, Bob, Christian, Ada and everyone at Riot Games for this great experience. I also wish to thank the orchestra and the crew, and of course the Pentakill band; Michael, Jason, Joe, Eugene, Toa and Richard. You're all great People to work with!
Check out the All-STAR event trailer with excerpt from "Mortal Reminder", one of several new PENTAKILL songs to be released in 2017 HERE.
Proud to announce that Pentakill II is in the works, and that new metal is coming your way.
Like before I've been working closely with the great Riot Games team in LA, and this time around we are aiming for a full length album with Karthus as captain of the vocal ship.
It's great for an old rocker like myself to be a part of this modern gaming music world, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with such a great team of talented people.
This exciting development is not just about creating an original twist to the online gaming industry, but also about pioneering some groundbreaking new metal! The 2017 album release date is not decided yet, but songs from the album will be available online soon.
For those not familiar with Pentakill and League of Legends : League of Legends is the worlds most popular online game with visits of more than 100 million players every month. Pentakill is a virtual metal band within the game, and Karthus is not only a powerful warrior, but also the lead singer of the band. My job is to make Karthus the singer he is, and add the classic heavy rock element to his performance.
For now you can check out LIGHTBRINGER, one of the previous songs released under the "Pentakill" banner, by following this LINK.
Music Video for "You're the Voice.
Music Video for "Hotel California".
Music video for "Running up that Hill".
Music video for "Stormbringer".
Music video for "I Know There's Something Going On".
Music video for "Live to Win".
I've recorded several of my favourite songs, and to give the album an unexpected twist, I also included a few that never had any obvious connection to the rock/metal scene.
Naturally, I have also made sure to include a few great rock classics. The basic idea for this album was to choose some songs that meant something special to me when I was younger.
Many shows are already sold out which is truly great, and it makes us all feel very proud and humble!
Stage looks fantastic and is the biggest Avantasia production to date. Will post more photos in the next few days.
You can find all the tour dates HERE.
Photo taken by Annie Minion : Bob Catley and me at the sound check.
It is fantastic to see that Dracula "Swing of Death went no.1 on Metalholic's 50 best Hard Rock and Metal Albums of 2015.
Making this album was first of all very stimulating and fun, but it was also time consuming and took some effort, so we are both extremely proud and happy when it's appreciated. Big thanks to Metalholic for their great objective review!
You can find the list HERE.
I am devastated to hear that David Bowie has passed away. Just a couple of weeks after Lemmy went, cancer once
again takes lives ruthlessly. So many have tried and wanted to become new modern hybrids of David Bowie, but sometimes
there can only be one....
Lemmy and David might be from totally different worlds musically, but they had one thing in common: in a world where business is forged in political correctness, they were both fearless innovative fighters till the end. Musically there were few compromises, if any.
I hope there are new adventures waiting for both of you on the other side, and that together with all the other afterlife legends, you will continue to rock. We will cherish and remember the greatness you brought us all, and most importantly, continue the battle against cancer.
Ground control to Major Blackstar and Captain Kilmister, so long and rest in peace.
Just got back from Bulgaria, celebrating New Years Eve in the City of Plovdiv.
My good friend Nikolo Kotzev and his band had rehearsed some Jorn songs, and we also played some older classics from Deep Purple, Black Sabbath among others.
It was an outdoor event and quite cold, but we rocked on to celebrate 2016, we had a great time together and the wonderful audience kept us warm! It was great to meet Tsonko Tsonev, the former mayor of Kavarna "the city of rock" and his wife again, plus Niks wife Dona. I also want to thank Ivancka, Plamen, Ophelia, Angel, and all of you other wonderful people, always there to make me and my family feel so welcome in your beautiful country!
For those of you not familiar with Nikolos work: he has worked with some of the best singers and musicians around, and in 2001 he released an epic masterpiece, about Nostradamus.
This is a fantastic "one of a kind" piece of work that is undoubtably one of the greatest concept albums in the history of rock. My character in the rock opera is "the inquisitor" and the album features great perfomances from Alannah Myles, Joe Lynn Turner, Doogie White, Sass Jordan, Göran Edman, Glenn Hughes and many more.
A new upgraded version of Nostradamus The rock Opera with a lot of additional material, will soon be released, and to read more about this album CLICK HERE to check out Niks website.
Here's the track "Inquisition", a duet with me and Joe Lynn Turner, can't believe it's already been 15 years : YOUTUBE
Been recording some selected cover songs the last few months, and a new Jorn album is planned for an early 2016 release. I've recorded some of my favourite songs, and included a few that never had any obvious connection to the rock/metal scene, and hopefully it will give this album an unexpected twist. Naturally, I have also made sure to include a few great rock classics. The basic idea for this album was to choose some songs that meant something special to me when I was younger. That is why the variety of songs include everything from experimental pop of the 80's and 70's west coast music, to more classic heavier rock. I also wanted to go against the stream, as I'm tired of the political correctness that so many in the rock/metal world are concerned with.
This album is all about good songs and to record something enjoyable, making versions that are different, but at the same time a homage to the original artists. Music has many faces and expressions, and greatness lies within the song and it's performer, beyond style and category. Also, when you've been around for as long as I have now, it's liberating to go "off track" and try something different.
That said, my heart lies in rock music, but through the years I couldn't help thinking about how some great songs would sound if I tried to give them a certain "Jornish" flavour.
In the process I've had a list of 40-50 songs, but had to cut down to 11-12 tracks, which means I will probably have to do another album like this sometime in the future. Thinking about all the great songs that was ruled out, I already feel there are some unfinished business there, but we'll see what life brings. I usually prefer to work on my own songs, and when we started recording I thought it wouldn't be too difficult or time consuming, but man was I wrong! Maybe it's the greatness in the songs I chose that made me realize how great the original recordings are, and that people often take it too lightly when talking about recording other peoples work.
We've tried our best to make the songs our own, and some songs really worked out well, and I hope you'll like it. Album title, more info and artwork will be announced and uploaded very soon.
Merry Christmas everyone!
I'm on my way to perform in Tel Aviv, Israel as a part of the "Titans of Metal" project. Looking very much forward to catch up with my old bandmate Roland Grapow again, my long time friend Uli Jon Roth, Vinny Appice and Mike Terrana.
It will be a lot of fun and a special night with great musicians performing together!
Let there be rock!
I'm happy to say that I will be a part of the new Avantasia album scheduled for release early 2016. Like before I recorded my vocals in Wolfsburg, Germany and it was great to work with Tobias, Sascha and Miro again. The Avantasia World tour 2016 is confirmed and I will do all shows next year.
Looking very much forward to see you all and to bring the rock!
- I'm on my way to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the CBLoL grand final.
Last year I worked with music producer Christian Linke of Riot Games in LA, on "Pentakill", a heavy rock band within the League of Legends concept.
Looking very much forward to this event! The online gaming industry has taken a new step, in working with artists around the globe, to increase the quality of the music, as well as reaching a broader international audience.
The online gaming industry is in many ways replacing the impact my generation's super channel, Sky channel and MTV had before internet came, so this is an exiting and important arena, and I am proud to be a part of it.
Just thought I'd share a video clip from my backyard, together with my little crow friend.
The little fellow is quite clever, and will take off with keys and anything shiny he can carry...
Had a blast at the Karmogeddon festival, performing the Dracula "Swing of Death" show.
Crowd was great plus I got to see my old friends from Hammerfall and Triosphere again.
Hope to see everyone again soon!
Jorn and Lena backstage after the show
I am proud to announce that I will participate as one of the judges in the Global Battle of Bands, World final, at Rockefeller Music Hall, in Oslo tonight. GBOB is the worlds biggest music competition, for bands playing their own songs, live. This will be an evening of great music, and I am looking very much forward to it!
The Dracula album is doing really well, and I'm happy to see all the great reviews. It's an album somewhat out of the ordinary, and it has been exciting to do something different.
I wish to thank everyone for all the positive feedback and support, it means a lot to me, and is truly inspiring! It encourages me to push forward and work even harder.
I am sad to hear that yet another great musician, colleague and friend has passed away. Mats was found in his hotel room in downtown Ryong, Thailand, and as far as we know nothing criminal has happened. To know that Randy Coven went less than a year ago, and now Mats, is devastating, my thoughts go to his family and all his friends.