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ARTIST: Last In Line
ALBUM: Heavy Crown
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2016


LINEUP: Vivian Campbell - guitar * Vinny Appice - drums * Jimmy Bain - bass * Claude Schnell - keyboards * Andrew Freeman - vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Devil * 02 Martyr * 03 Starmaker * 04 Burn This House Down * 05 I Am Revolution * 06 Blame It On Me * 07 Already Dead * 08 Curse The Day * 09 Orange Glow * 10 Heavy Crown * 11 The Sickness



It is with some sadness that we review this newish band Last In Line. Formed from the membership of ex Dio personnel such as Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice and the late Jimmy Bain, Last In Line takes the album-title from a Dio release, and put out what is a very strong album with an emphasis on the decade which made these blokes stars in the first place. Jimmy Bain passed away a mere few weeks ago, amid a departure lounge of notable rockers that was astounding to say the least. January 2016 was a strange time to be alive, and to see some of heroes head off over the rainbow bridge. Mortality is a word not to be trifled with if you live over the twilight side of the hill starting at 50 years of age. Anyway, lets get on with it, 'Heavy Crown'.. an apt title, featuring the powerhouse voice of Andrew Freeman, who has also done stints arounde Los Angeles. LIL started out in 2014 with the intial intention of being nothing more than Dio the band without Ronnie James Dio at the helm. One thing led to another, Frontiers jumped in with a deal, and by February 2016 'Heavy Crown' was given birth.

The Songs
'Devil In Me' many of you will have seen as a video on YouTube (reposted here late last year), and it's a slower tempo burner, crunchy in parts but totally digestible. Things start picking up for the fast-paced 'Martyr', Vinny setting a wicked pace here, it gets to mid 80's Dokken speed and never lets up throughout. Vivian takes over when the solos kick in. Nice! You can count 'I Am Revolution' and 'Already Dead' in this same clutch, up-tempo tracks that will go down a treat in the live environment. A couple of slo-mo tunes too, including 'Curse The Day' and 'The Sickness', but by and large, this contains a solid set of tunes which should have older Dio fans interested, even if it is missing the dungeons and dragons style of lyrics prevalent when RJD was around.

In Summary
LIL will tour this album, both in the USA and Europe, according to news reports, though without Schnell who is no longer in the band. Along with Resurrection Kings and Inglorious, there seems to be a rebith happening with bands originating from the 80's. Long may it continue.

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#1 | rkbluez on March 01 2016 00:41:48
Love this style of music and who can play it better than these guys...this Resurrection Kings and Inglorious and bands like The Lizards are all playing great classic hard rock as far as I'm concerned in 2016 and that's a good thing.
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