Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel – Patina (Review)

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel - Patina


I loved Jake E Lee when he was Ozzy‘s guitarist. I always thought he got a bad rap for unfortunately having to be the guy to follow Randy Rhoads. The fans put Randy on an other-worldy level after his death. And while I loved Randy’s guitar work too, his death seemed to overshadow Jake E’ Lee‘s brilliant guitar playing for Ozzy.  The two stellar albums that he made with Osbourne in the 80’s are burned into my brain, simply because I have played them so many times.  After Jake’s exit from the Prince of Darkness’ band, he went on to form the absolutely fantastic band known as Badlands.  Again the albums produced under the Badlands name were absolutely brilliant. Now, Jake has followed up his Red Dragon Cartel‘s first album with their sophomore release entitled “Patina”.  I’m here to proclaim that it indeed is everything that I had hoped it would be. This album is a huge step up from the first album.  This album feels a lot more cohesive for one thing.  While I enjoyed the first record, this one smokes throughout and Jake is playing in his finest blues-laden, gritty, metal tones.  I also have to give credit where credit is due.  Vocalist Darren James Smith sounds much better this time around.  This new album almost seems like a mix of the Badlands sound with some more modern elements thrown in.  No matter how you describe it, it kicks major ass! The first two tracks, “Speedbag” and “Havana” are are simply explosive and show the grittier, heavier side of the band with Jake simply shredding on guitar.  And he’s simply on fire with the solo in the excellent track called “Bitter”.  This is down and dirty rock n’ roll at it’s best. This is one of the best, if not “the best” straight ahead rock albums released this year. The only reason that I’m holding back on that statement, is that 2018 still has two months of albums to be released. So in all fairness, I need to hear everything that comes out this year, but I am simply blown away by “Patina”.  The stellar cast of musicians on this album like Anthony Esposito (Ex-Lynch Mob and Phil Varone (Saigon Kick, Ex-Skid Row) compliment Jake’s playing perfectly. This album hits the streets November 9th and should be one of your must have albums of this year. It’s simply incredible!

Jake E. Lee's Red Dragon Cartel - Patina (Review)


Artist: Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel
Album: Patina
Genre: Hard Rock
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: November 9, 2018

Track Listing:

01. Speedbag
02. Havana
03. Crooked Man
04. The Luxury Of Breathing
05. Bitter
06. Chasing Ghosts
07. A Painted Heart
08. Punchclown (bonus track)
09. My Beautiful Mess
10. Ink & Water

Band Members:

Jake E. Lee-Guitars
Darren James Smith-Vocals
Anthony Esposito-Bass
Phil Varone-Drums



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