Heavy Crown Adrenalin Fueled Stream of Heavy Rock
Starting off loud and fast with guitar Heavy Crown Adrenalin Fueled Stream of Heavy Rock. Devil I Me gets you in the mood for more – as original DIO members reunite and record their debut album Last In Line. Trio of the original DIO members Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and Jimmy Bain joined by vocalist Andrew Freeman to create Heavy Crown out 19th February on Frontiers Records.
Opening with Devil In Me this is high voltage from the first chord and the tempo swells with Martyr, this is no copy of DIO or Dio in Black Sabbath days this is rock that is full of hard-hitting riffs and licks that curl around the rhythm section and hooks for the lyrical vocals of Andrew, he has the power, range and tonal presence to be that extra layer of sound in harmony with the instrumentation.
The album comes into its own with the third track Starmaker (even if I miss heard on first listening as bread baker reflection on my concentration as the lyrics are sung with passion and clarity!). The tempo is fast and considered with Vinny Appice’s drumming quite commanding, the bass line of Jimmy Bain hard-hitting and Vivian Campbell’s guitar riffs beguiling.
Heavy Crown Adrenalin Fueled Stream of Heavy Rock, the rush increases as the album tracks unfold with a modern re-vamping of 80’s rock that has a zinging freshness. The music is not dominated by who can play louder! Faster! But the communication and strength that can be delivered through interplay between the tonal ranges of every instrument crafting a rocky canyon of tonal strata to explore.
I Am Revolution and is a track that declares action with the sharp drumming and vocal interplay is a cracking number as the lyrics unfold and a chorus we would all chant back on any Last In Line tour. As the result of a mini tour, the band connecting the outcome the co-writing of the new tracks and the opportunity to record leading to Last In Line a delight for any Rock collection.
The lyrics are the power of Blame It On Me everyone plays second fiddle to the words, as we do to the disease that haunts so many lives including Dio and Campbell – Cancer. The track has a growing anger with guitar work that is as complex as the disease itself then the line ‘No one wants to play the victim – remember when I was the cancer’ touching the heart and soul of many listening.
The tracks flow with a shape making sense as a landscape does visually, Heavy Crown makes perfect sense as you listen, at the same time this is no concept album every track stands out on a random playlist. Curse The Day is slower and the guitar floats along the lyrical vocal range bring riffs that punctuate the music with more than exclamation mark the modern sound are more like emotions that add to the understanding of the complete sound. The guitar throughout the album, smiles, weeps and groans in despair it is the emotional lynch pin of Last In Line.
Closing with The Sickness, this the track that brings the emotion of the music together as the interplay is a torrent of sounds, tempos and feelings leaving you in intense anticipation for a tour and if not a second helping with another album.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD Nine doodle paws out of TEN ….
- Devil In Me
- Burn This House Down
- I Am Revolution
- Blame It On Me
- In Flames (Bous Track Deluxe Addition)
- Already Dead
- Curse The Day
- Heavy Crown
- The Sickness