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Lillian Axe - 2007 Waters Rising

ARTIST: Lillian Axe
ALBUM: Waters Rising
LABEL: Locomotive Records, Metro City Records
YEAR: 2007


LINEUP: Derrick LeFevre - vocals * Stevie Blaze - guitars, keyboards, vocals * Sam Poitevent - guitars, vocals * Eric Morris - bass * Ken Koudelka - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Waters Rising * 02 Antarctica * 03 Become A Monster * 04 Quarantine * 05 I Have To Die, Goodbye * 06 Fear Of Time * 07 Until The End Of The World * 08 Fields Of Yesterday * 09 Thirst * 10 The 2nd Of May * 11 Deep In The Black * 12 5



Louisiana's Lillian Axe have been out of commission for a few years now. Once considered darlings of the magazine Metal Edge, the band looked likely to deliver the goods with two excellent albums for MCA back in 1988 and 1989. However, the label didn't agree and the band were forced to man the lifeboats after their MCA deal sunk. Two more great albums appeared in the 90's - 'Poetic Justice' and 'Psychoschizophrenia'.. the latter perhaps sensing a slight change in direction from their previous melodic hair-metal efforts. The band went into remission in the mid 90's, and reappeared briefly in 2002 for a Live Album. One of the band's mainstays singer Ron Taylor chucked it in at this point, the band surfacing in 2004 with a new lineup anchored by original lead guitarist Steve Blaze.

The Songs
Blaze is still the man behind the drivers seat, and though new singer Derek LeFevre is not Ron Taylor, he slots in admirably. They'll be the first to admit it's not their best effort and in parts, the songs swing from 'engaging' to 'lost and looking for directions'. Many of the songs contain unusual but familiar Lillian Axe melodies. I swear you'll only ever hear them on L.A's albums and nowhere else. The theme of 'Waters Rising' is kinda dark, and I guess if the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina makes up some of the subject matter, then yes, it wouldn't be all strawberries and cream. The band swing from the grindingly heavy (check out '5', 'Quarantine' and 'Become A Monster') to the blistering broodiness of 'Antarctica' and 'Deep In The Black'. On a couple of tunes they attempt to lighten the mood with acoustic guitars (a la 'I Have To Die, Goodbye' and 'Until The End Of The World') and even pull off a few soulful moments with 'Fields Of Yesterday' and the '2nd Of May'.

In Summary
'Waters Rising' is typically Lillian Axe, but somehow, I think their best moments have come and gone. The time away from the spotlight is evidenced in the selection of songs. For the most part, I just didn't (and I'll use that word again) 'engage' with this album at all, and I doubt the pink and fluffy brigade will take to 'Waters Rising' with any great gusto either. It's quite an abrasive album mostly (others would say heavy) but that's to be expected. For thos eof you looking to experience a smoother version of the band then you'd need to reacquaint yourself with their back catalogue. At 66 minutes, the album is a few tracks too many. Having two 8 minutes efforts doesn't help.. hence my earlier comments. Long time fans will rejoice, others who are new to the band would be advised to seek out their earlier albums. 1989's 'Love + War' and 1992's 'Poetic Justice' show this band in a much more melodic light.

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