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CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

Veröffentlicht am 8. September 2017 von Markus W. in Lynch Mob, News, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, Rat Pak, CD Review, Sleaze Rock, Classic Rock, Heavy Rock

CD review LYNCH MOB "The Brotherhood"

(8/10) To name an album “The Brotherhood” must have a meaning and it does. Basically it emphasis the fact that the line-up worked together in different constellations over the last years with George Lynch and singer Oni Logan being the key factors. Band leader and singer started their cooperation already in 1989 when Lynch Mob took off, followed by many 'in and out moments' over time. Since 2014 both of them work together again on a consistent base and the new album reflects the strength of it very well. “The Brotherhood” sounds tight and straight-forward, standing as a rock in the ocean of new releases. What’s rather new to Lynch Mob is the powerhouse, represented by Jimmy D’Anda (d) and Sean McNabb (b), both joining in 2015 and being well-integrated in the band.

This four-piece band recorded Lynch Mob’s eighth studio album that features 12 new songs, all in the fields of rock and blues. “The Brotherhood” rocks from the first to last note played, with “Main Offender” being a grooving opener that shows the extra class of Lynch and his band mates. Songs on the new record are quite hard and come with a darker vibe which is also reflected in the artwork.

The guys do best when they combine hard rocking sounds with some blues roots, reflected in songs like “I’ll Take Miami” and “Where We Started”, the latter being a heavy pounding smasher.

To balance the heavy songs Lynch Mob embedded half-way down the road an acoustic highlight entitled “The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl” before hooks and riffs take over again with “Until the Sky Comes Down” and “Black Heart Days”. Towards the end the record contains with “Miles Away” a ballad that might fit perfect into the flow of the album but is on the other hand not leading to endless excitement.

Last but not least it’s the very rhythmic “Until I get My Gold” that closes another Lynch Mob album which is built on the creative collaboration of guitarist and singer. George Lynch and Oni Logan seems to challenge each other enough for writing well-crafted hardrock songs that are a treat for fans and enthusiasts of rock music. Hopefully the brotherhood atmosphere will remain when it comes to the coming years.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Main Offender
  2. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
  3. I’ll Take Miami
  4. Last Call Lady
  5. Where We Started
  6. The Forgotten Maid’s Pearl
  7. Until the Sky Comes Down
  8. Black Heart Days
  9. Black Mountain
  10. Dog Town Mystics
  11. Miles Away
  12. Until I Get My Gold

 

Label: Rat Pak Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: September 8th, 2017

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New LYNCH MOB album in September

Veröffentlicht am 14. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in George Lynch, Lynch Mob, News, Hardrock, Rock, Melodic Metal, Blues, Ratpak

New LYNCH MOB album in September

Produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (Lynch Mob; Flotsam And Jetsam; Prong; KXM), “The Brotherhood” features eleven brand new hard rock tracks from Lynch Mob. This album will surely resonate with long time fans of the band, as well as those longing for that good ol' hard rock sound and feel. "The Brotherhood” highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track “Main Offender” to the melodic album finale ”Miles Away”, Lynch Mob have once again proven they remain on top of their game and at the top of their genre!

On the subject of Lynch Mob’s new record, Oni Logan comments, “After doing quite a few miles together with this latest line-up of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D’Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name ‘The Brotherhood’ for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It’s got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it. We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early 90’s and it's when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later, George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you”.

George Lynch adds, "We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about, and what all my bands have been about since I've been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music."

Official release date for “The Brotherhood” is Friday September 08, 2017.

 

TRACK LISTING:
01. Main Offender
02. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
03. I'll Take Miami
04. Last Call Lady
05. Where We Started
06. The Forgotten Maiden's Pearl
07. Until the Sky Comes Down
08. Black Heart Days
09. Black Mountain
10. Dog Town Mystics
11. Miles Away
12. Until I Get My Gold (bonus track)

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CD review KXM "Scatterbrain"

Veröffentlicht am 10. März 2017 von Markus W. in KXM, Hardrock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review, Ratpak Records, Prog Metal, Rock, Ska, Alternative Metal, Alternative Rock, Korn, Lynch Mob, Kings X

(9/10) I try to limit the use of the word(s) ’super group’ as much as possible, but in this case it just fits to what KXM is about. This trio from the US is definitely a super group. George Lynch (Lynch Mob, Dokken), dUg Pinnick (Kings X) and KoRn drummer Ray Luzier are well known in metal, covering various angles of rock music. These three guys created with KXM an outlet for music, which is a mélange of progressive music and heavy metal with a modern touch.

The trio released their debut in 2014. The self-titled album immediately got attention and received very good feedback from media and fans. It even landed at #31 in the Billboard Top 200.

Having such a success with a debut is doubtless a motivator for adding another chapter to this success story. A word and a blow. KXM wrote 13 new songs and recorded them at the Steakhouse Studio in North Hollywood, California. They are all combined under the banner of “Scatterbrain” which is the title of this sophomore record.

As with the debut, the trio stress and stretches the limits of rock. One fact that makes this longplayer to a really good one is that, besides all the musical brilliance, each of the songs includes a certain ease, which makes it easier for listener to follow. A tune that reflects this very well is the first one on “Scatterbrain”.

The title track has been chosen to set the scene for the album and it directly includes all of KXM’s features. Furious guitar leads, and powerful drumming and a grooving bass line. It comes with a certain level of layers that are weaved together in this number. A certain scattered approach is present but dots are connected. It's a great song with twelve more to follow, each of them being on the same high quality level.

The groove is even more intense with “Breakout”, which in my opinion belongs to the real highlights on an album that’s full of great stuff. A number that show a slightly different side of KXM is “Not a Single Word”. Including some ska and funk element feels like a well-placed distraction half way – and it shows the wide range of sounds KXM embeds in their music.

Songs like the before mentioned doesn’t mean that “Scatterbrain” is a fully easygoing album. It’s not. This record actually comes with a darker vibe that’s reflected in “Noises in the Sky”. And also the slower paced “Panic Attack” belongs to this category. The tune is covered in an ominous sphere, which reflects the uncomfortable feeling of a panic attack very well.

KXM’s new album became an excellent one. This album contains music that is modern, innovative, multi-layered and rocking. What else could you wish from a KXM album?

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Scatterbrain
  2. Breakout
  3. Big Sky Country
  4. Calypso
  5. Not a Single Word
  6. Obsession
  7. Noises in the Sky
  8. Panic Attack
  9. It’s Never Enough
  10. True Deceivers
  11. Strand
  12. Together
  13. Angel

 

Label: Ratpak Records

Genre: Progressive Metal

Release Date EU: March 17th, 2017

CD review KXM "Scatterbrain"
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CD review LYNCH MOB "Rebel"

Veröffentlicht am 21. August 2015 von Markus W. in Lynch Mob, Hardrock, Classic Rock, News, CD Review, Rock, Blues, Dokken, KXM

(8/10) I don't know if George Lynch is a rebel, but at least he always did what he thought was best. This didn't necessarily ended up in a constant commercial success. The six stringer had a big contribution to Dokken's platinum sellers like "Under lock and key". Also his the first two longplayers under the banner of Lnych Mob has got quite some attention. Then came a period when records like "Smoke this" confused fans of the guitarist. Hip-hop elements and industrial influences all of a sudden became part of Lynch Mob's sound - something that wasn't too much appreciated.

But since a few years things get more exciting again. Looking back on the last period there was the pretty cool "Sun red sun" release as well as the collaboration with Michael Sweet from Stryper. Also KXM, a project Lynch is part of,  released a very cool debut. So, things are getting better again, however Lynch always stayed true to himself - in the good days and the bad days.

"Rebel" adds to this positive impression with eleven new songs. Next to Lynch's extraordinary guitar play it is singer Oni Logan that has an important role in Lynch Mob's sound, His voice fits perfect to the bluesy hardrock of the band and in the beginning of "War" he even sounds partly like Bruce Dickinson. This shows the range his voice has.

The great thing with "Automatic fix", the opener, is the fact that it delivers the instruction manual for the album in the lyrics. "I put my headphones on and turn the music loud" is the first line Logan sings. It can't be phrased in a better way. And with your headphones on you get the full load of grooving hardrock.

Talking about 'groove', "Sanctuary" is another one. It's maybe a bit complex after the first round but it gains with each time listening to it. Also blues gets enough attention on the album. "Pine tree avenue" has some blues and "Testify" comes with even more.

A song that stands out is the awesome "The ledge". It's a gloomy ballad that reminds from the guitarline to Metallica's "Enter sandman"; at least in the verse.

The closer is the earlier mentioned "War" and it seems that Lynch kept one of the best tracks for the end. As said, the vocal lines in the beginning show some inspiration by Iron Maiden while the track itself is a pure rocker with a good punch

"Rebel" is an album that is full of modern hardrock with quite some blues cross-references. Great stuff that is worth to listen to.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Automatic fix
  2. Between the truth snd a lie
  3. Testify
  4. Sanctuary
  5. Pine tree avenue
  6. Jelly roll
  7. Dirty money
  8. The hollow queen
  9. The ledge
  10. Kingdom of slaves
  11. War

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release date EU: August 21st, 2015

CD review LYNCH MOB "Rebel"
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LYNCH MOB presents a new song

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2015 von Markus W. in George Lynch, Lynch Mob, Rock, Hardrock, Blues, Sleaze Rock, News, Video

Guitar wizard George Lynch posted a new song called "Jelly roll". It's a grooving tune from the upcoming Lynch Mob album "Rebel".

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CD review SWEET & LYNCH "Only to rise"

Veröffentlicht am 22. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Sweet & Lynch, Lynch Mob, Stryper, Dokken, Hardrock, Melodic Metal, Heavy Metal, CD Review, News

(7/10) When guitar maniac George Lynch and Stryper singer Michael Sweet team-up the result can't be really a bad one. This thought gets even stronger knowing that the to guys could convince James Lomenzo (b) and Brian Tichy (d) to join as well.

As with Level 10, the cooperation was based on an idea from Frontiers CEO Serafino Perugino. And as with Level 10 also the result of Sweet & Lynch sounds pretty good. The 12 songs on the album are mainly written by Goerge Lynch in cooperation with Michael Sweet and can be described as 70's and 80's influenced hardrock tunes.

The album starts with "The wish" quite powerful. It is build on a cool riff from Lynch and the clear vocals of Sweet gives the song immediatley an identity. I must say that guitar and vocals go together very well on the entire album.

"Love stays" is of a lower pace and profits more from an emotional intesity. A song where the rhythm section can shine is "Rescue me". It begins with a strong punch by Tichy and grooves very hard. Even thought the verse is kept more relaxed the pounding drums are pushing the song on and on.

"Me without you" is the ballad on the album which is done very well, by avoiding cliches and enriched by a great solo of Lynch. It has a touch of Foreigner by the way.

Time to speed up again. The dirty rocker "Recover" is the right song to shake you up and Sweet goes even into the falcetto in the chorus. 

A song that can't live up to the quality of the others is "Divine". It sounds a bit breathless and sounds more trivial. Also Lynch guitar can't really safe this track.

Fortunately "September" brings the album back on track again. It's a smooth rocker that reminds with its guitar sound to Iron Maiden "Wasted years".  

A highlight, and I think the best song on the album, is coming in the end. It is the title track "Only to rise" that is fast and to the point. It's a real bouncer with great melody lines and an even better guitar riff. It feels that the band enjoys playing this song by using all the given freedom.

I was suprised that George Lynch found time for such an album, since he's also involved in KXM and released a Lynch Mob album too. However, Sweet & Lynch really seem to appreciate their cooperation since next to the album the band plans to do some rehearsals and book a tour too. So far it's the album "Only to rise" which you should listen to and let's see if tour plans will become real.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The wish
  2. Dying rose
  3. Love stays
  4. Time will tell
  5. Rescue me
  6. Me without you
  7. Recover
  8. Divine
  9. September
  10. Strength in numbers
  11. Hero-zero
  12. Only to rise

 

Label: Frontiers Records

Genre: Hardrock

 

CD review SWEET & LYNCH "Only to rise"
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CD review LYNCH MOB "Sun red sun"

Veröffentlicht am 23. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in Lynch Mob, George Lynch, KXM, Hardrock, Rock, Blues, CD Review, News

(8/10) I can remember the moment when I heard the first album from Lynch Mob. George Lynch was well known from his time with Dokken. After the split I was more than curious about his solo release. And "Wicked sensation" became a good album, eventhough it sounded different than Dokken.

However, that was 24 years ago and in the meantime a lot of things happened. Next to his involvement in KXM and Sweet & Lynch the guitarist found also some time to work on a new Lynch Mob record. The vocals are done again by Oni Logan and the line-up stayed the same as it was during the "Sound mountain sessions" EP.

The album comes with 11 songs. There is an instrumental song on the album called "Black waters" where Lynch shows all his musical creativity on guitar. Another special track is the acoustic ballad "Sun red sun" - a tribute to Badlands singer Ray Gillen, who died in December 1993. It is a very emotional song the catches you immediately.

Some might have thought it already by having a look on the tracklist. "Burnin' waters" is a cover from Bad Company which puts the blues into the forefront.

But there are also more new songs on "Sun red sun". The opener "Believers of the day" is an excellent rocker and is one of the best songs I've heard from the six-stringer for quite some years. With "Erotika" Lynch brings back the blues in his sound. It is a rhythm-based song where Oni Logan does a really great job too. Sometimes he sounds like the younger David Coverdale. 

"Slow drag", "World of chance", City of freedom" and "Sucka" are from the earlier mentioned EP and fit very well into the context of this album.

To sum up: "Sun red sun" is a cool hardrock album that comes with great songs, a screaming guitar and an excellent groove. I like it.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Believers of the day
  2. Erotika
  3. Burnin' sky
  4. Black waters
  5. Play the game
  6. Subliminal dream
  7. Sun red sun
  8. Slow drag
  9. World of change
  10. City of freedom
  11. Sucka

 

Label: RatPak Records

Genre: Hardrock

CD review LYNCH MOB "Sun red sun"
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New KMX video

Veröffentlicht am 6. Dezember 2014 von Markus W. in KMX, Lynch Mob, Dokken, King's X, Korn, Hardrock, Classic Rock, Rock, News

KMX, the band with George Lynch, Doug Pinnick and Ray Luzier, revealed a new video for a song from their debut album. The lyric video is made for "Faith is a room" which is a great song that got a cool video too. Check it out.

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CD review KXM "KXM"

Veröffentlicht am 19. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in KXM, King's X, Lynch Mob, Dokken, Korn, Hardrock, Rock, Alternative Rock, CD Review

(9/10) Is KXM a new supergroup? I don't know. Are they a bunch of experienced guys? Absolutly. Are they playing cool music? Of course they do.
KMX is the name of the new band which was formed by three well-known guys. Doug Pinnick from King's X, George Lynch from Lynch Mob/Dokken and drummer Ray Luzier from Korn. That's also where the band's name comes from. It's an acronym out of the bands the guys are involved. The K comes from Korn, the X comes from King's X and last but not least Lynch Mob delivers the M to KXM.
This combination of styles sounds already like 'wow'. Considering all the different styles coming together by the three guys the result must be impressive. And it is. 

It was in the beginning of 2013 when the idea about KXM was born. The three guys started to jam together. No clear goal in mind, just enjoying the moment of making music, they started. Since the flow of creative output didn't want to stop the result of these sessions is the 12 tracks long debut of the band.
Their sound is pretty unique. Modern metal element from Korn which are also coming back in Lynch's unique guitar sound, are part of the sound as well as the more complex song structure from King's X and the screaming guitar from George Lynch. The result is an explosive mixture, reflected in tunes like ...

"Stars" is the first track on the album and sets the scene for the rest of "KXM". The structure of the song is a bit complex aft er the first listening session. But over time it becomes a really great tune with an enormous groove and a modern guitar riff from Lynch. "Stars" sounds a bit like a jam session. Another great tune is the ballad "Never stop". It's an accoustic guitar beauty with some country feeling and a lot of passion. Ballads can become sometimes just boring stuff on a rock album, but KXM made it a highlight on their debut. "Faith is a room" is another cool track. It is darker than the other ones and has a pounding rhythm. It's irresistable. Also "Do it now" is remarkable. The song has a bit of a sleazy hardrock charme with a partly dominating part which is in interaction with Lynch's guitar play. The little bit gloomy vocal line gives another extra to the track. Those songs are quite representative for the entire album. It's highly entertaining and pleasure for your ear canals.

It took me a few rounds to figure out the entire beauty of the musical gem. Maybe you have the same and my advice is to not give up. This is an album which wants to be discovered and not just listened to.


(9/10)



Tracklist

  1. Stars
  2. Gun fight
  3. Rescue me
  4. Never stop
  5. Faith is a room
  6. I'll be OK
  7. Sleep
  8. Love
  9. Burn
  10. Do it now
  11. Human frcition
  12. Tranquilize
  13. Resecue me (radio edit)



Label: Rat Pak Records
Genre: Hardrock

CD review KXM "KXM"
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