Lillian Axe – XI:The Days Before Tomorrow
Who is Lillian Axe…
Well, that is not such an easy thing to answer as Lillian Axe has been around since about 1983! That’s right we have some well seasoned rockers here. Throughout the years the line up has had many changes so for this review we are going to stick with the current line up. XI:The Days Before Tomorrow which is their 11th studio album, features their new lead vocalist Brian Jones who was formerly with the bands Guns of Addiction and Full Moon Circus, as well as guitarist for Wind-up Artist, Papercut Massacre. On drums we have Ken Koudelka, Eric Morris on the bass and Sam Poitevent on guitars. This time lead guitarist Steve Blaze also took on the producers hat as well as the lead guitar work.
Steve Blaze, band founder says in an earlier interview from March 11th, 2011 on www.antimusic.com: “We have spent the last six months searching for and reviewing candidates to the point of driving us crazy.” Blaze continues, “Choosing your front man is the most vital task in a band’s existence, so we really took our time to make sure that the person we chose fit every category to the best of their abilities.
Brian is a complete breath of fresh air. He is an amazing talent, as well as a fireball of enthusiasm, which has really sparked the attitudes of the rest of us.” It looks as if all the long searching has paid off. They found a powerful voice to front a powerful band.The thing I find interesting in all of this is that Brian started out as a fan 15 years ago. At that point is when he meet Steve Blaze who became a sort of mentor to Brian as they both shared a love for guitar playing. I read where Brian stated he was scared to say anything to the band but knew he could perform the songs. Funny how life’s little encounters can turn into something huge.
Some of my favorites…
BABYLON is the first track on this new release. It introduces you to the power voice that Brian brings to Lillian Axe. Soaring guitar riffs are heard throughout this song. A great way to start your musical journey.
TAKE THE BULLET Erupts in a hail of gunfire as you are thrown into this wild rock ride. Some of the best guitar work on this one folks. Steve Blaze does some of his best guitar work in years and you can feel it on the whole CD especially on this one. The whole groups sounds great together, no one person stands above the others and the overall feel and sound of Lillian Axe is better today than it ever has been!
LAVA ON MY TONGUE is my favorite track on this newest release. It is also the EMURG PICK for this review so you will be able to listen to it after you read the review. I really love the lyrics and the sound of this track. This one has some searing vocals and the guitar hooks really get you on this one. I constantly find myself tapping my foot or shaking my head when this one comes on.
This whole CD is full of great songs, check out the complete track listing below.
01 ““ Babylon
02 ““ Death Comes Tomorrow
03 ““ Gather Up The Snow
04 ““ The Great Divide
05 ““ Take The Bullet
06 ““ Bow Your Head
07 ““ Caged In
08 ““ Soul Disease
09 ““ Lava On My Tongue
10 ““ My Apologies
This is a great release by Lillian Axe and there really is NOT a bad song on this one. Definitely the best of their long career. Steve Blaze continues to keep them around and his latest incarnation is perhaps the best so far. Oh, and in case you were wondering about the name LILLIAN AXE here is a bit of trivia for you. “The name was inspired by a character in the Stephen King movie Creepshow. There was a bridesmaid skeleton floating in a little boys window at the start of the movie. This conjured the name Lillian in my head and the word axe just fell into place. I have always been a huge fan of horror movies and the supernatural so this word combination worked perfectly.” Steve Blaze founder of LILLIAN AXE.
Thanks for taking the time to read this review, if you are into hard rock with a slight progressive feel and sound combined with awesome lyrics you will not be disappointed
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