Last In Line – II (Review)

Last In Line - II (Review)

Artist: Last In Line
Album: II
Genre: Metal / Hard Rock
Label: Frontiers Music Srl.
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Reviewed by: Bobby Caughron

 

Review:

So prior to this release I had heard only the first single “Landslide”.  I thought it was a good track and it sounded on par with the band’s debut album.  Following the albums’ opening intro track, we get the fantastic “Black Out The Sun” which is a great driving metal song that made me curious for more. Some of the guitar parts of “Gods And Tyrants” sound a bit like Led Zeppelin. I’m actually okay with this because it’s a well done song that delivers some decent moments, including a blistering solo from Campbell. I’m not really sure what all of the fuss is about with some people complaining about them forming this band after Ronnie James Dio’s death.  While these guys may have been Dio’s band at one time, they certainly don’t sound like they’re trying to imitate the sound of Dio.  In fact many of these great songs are quite different from anything that I would have expected from a Dio album.  Vocalist Andrew Freeman doesn’t sound like Ronnie James Dio at all.  For me, that’s perfectly fine. In fact, It might seem a bit cheesy and contrived if they had found a vocalist that sounded like Dio.  Standout tracks for me are Blackout The Sun, Landslide, Year Of The Gun, Give Up The Ghost and Sword From The Stone.  All in all this is a nice follow up to their debut album. It sees the band spreading their wings a bit this time around with more variation and most importantly,  without losing their signature sound.  While the first album might has been viewed more as a project, this album feels like a real band and it shows in the great material these guys have delivered in album number II,
Tracklisting:
1. Intro
2. Black Out The Sun
3. Landslide
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
9. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light
Lineup:
Andrew Freeman – Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
Phil Soussan – Bass
Vivian Campbell -Guitars
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