Review: The Norseman Company – The Coming Of The Chord
Perris Records (February 5th 2021)
Reviewer: Jason Hopper
The Norseman Company is a band project founded by drummer Geir Arne Dale formerly of the Norwegian band Humbucker. As with most band projects, there’s multiple singers showcased, five in total. Of them, the only one I recognized is Åge Sten Nilsen, from the band Wig Wam, but all do a solid job with the material provided. The problems I have with this album certainly don’t lie with them.
Let’s start with the positives first. There are definitely some songs worth checking out on streaming. Being a big fan of Åge Sten Nilsen’s vocals, it was great hearing him sing with a slightly lower octave on ‘Master of The Dark‘, a song as sinister as the title suggests. A big drum sound and prominent bass bring to life ‘Stone In My Shoe‘, a mid-tempo groovy rocker that’s guaranteed to get your head bobbing up and down. It’s also easy to see why ‘Since You’ve Been Gone‘ was selected as the video single. A smooth ballad with a breeziness that invokes walking on a beach alone at sunset lamenting the loss of your significant other. ‘Dirty Nelly‘ changes up the pace with a New Orleans inspired jam, with a piano taking the lead, although its length is a tad short (2:36). They could have easily added a few more lines or at least extended the ending with a little more jamming.
Everything else on this album is either lifeless, has disappointing time changes (just as the song should ramp up), or way too similar sounding to more famous songs. If Gene Simmons ever gets a hold of ‘When The Hammer Falls‘, he’ll be contacting his lawyer. The opening and verse melody are unmistakable attempts at re-creating ‘Detroit Rock City’. ‘Gimme Some Rock and Roll‘ borrows from Van Halen’s ‘Feel Your Love Tonight’ during the verses and Grand Funk Railroad’s ‘We’re An American Band’ for the chorus. It also contains the lamest chorus on the album, just repeating the title over and over.
Towards the end of the album, ‘Loud & Proud‘ picks up the pace, but Geir makes the unfortunate decision to make a lyrically clunky chorus and slows the tempo of the song. That same mistake gets repeated with album closer ‘One Step Behind‘. Just when you expect the chorus to explode, it pulls back and leaves you longing for a return to the verse, which no good chorus should ever do.
This is the type of album that you certainly want to check out first and pick and choose the songs you like, and there is certainly some quality stuff here. I’m sure there are people out there that are not as bothered by these time changes and may even appreciate how prior well known melodies have been incorporated into these songs. For me, that’s enough to make this album as a whole a hard pass for me.