(7/10) Oh man, there are some albums which are very tricky to write about. One of those records is "Heavy Crown" from Last In Line. There are two major things that make it that hard for me to write about it.
The first thing is the fact that "Heavy Crown" was Jimmy Bain's last album. The iconic bass player passed away in January this year and which means that the Last In Line album can be almost seen as a tribute to the great bassist. Rest in peace, bro.
Secondly it's strange in one or another way to hear 'Dio-like' music without the legendary singer. On the other hand Last In Line are, except Dio, the original members of the "Last in Line" session, so why not using the album title as the name for the band? Still, it feels strange.
Talking about the position of a singer, Vivian Campelly, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain had to find someone that fits to this sound. Not an easy thing, knowing that, whoever it will be, he will have to face Dio-comparisons.
Andrew Freeman was the final choice for the job behind the mic and he does a pretty good job on "Heavy Crown". He has the profile of classic hardrock singer without sounding too much like Dio. That helps.
These four guys together created with "Heavy Crown" an album that sounds very professional and revitalizes the mentioned earlier Dio days.
I like the faster songs the most. "Martyr" is one of them and the straigh-forward "I am Revolotion" is another one. Esp. the latter is great since Bain's bass got quite some focus. Also the title track belongs to the smasher and the rocking "Already Dead" makes alive.
Unfortunately tracks like "Curse the Day" aren't that thrilling, at least when it comes to me.
In the end I think that "Heavy Crown" is a really good classic metal record, done by guys that are highly experienced. However, it also feels like they want benefit a bit from previous successes. Maybe it would have been an option to 'reunite' under a new banner, but in the end it's the music counts and that's good stuff.
- Devil in Me
- Burn This House Down
- I Am Revolution
- Blame It On Me
- Already Dead
- Curse the Day
- Orange Glow
- Heavy Crown
- The Sickness
Label: Frontiers Music
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date EU: February 19th, 2016