Reviews roundup – Last In Line vs. Elvenking vs. Kittenhead
LAST IN LINE
Well, now, here come the Last In Line, by three original members of the Dio and. It was four but they seem to have lost keyboard player Claude Schnell, so now it’s guitarist Vivian Campbell, drummer Vinny Appice, Newtonmores finest bass player Jimmy Bain, along with former Lynch Mob vocalist Andrew Freeman, taking on one of the hardest jobs of all.
They started life as an almost tribute band, playing live shows where they performed early Dio tunes, but one record deal offer later, and here they are with a quite excellent debut album.
The single, ‘Devil In Me’ starts things off in fine fettle, even if it is more power metal than Dio. It’s a grand song, though, and gives Freeman a chance to shine before we hit some more familiar grooves. Once you’re into ‘Martyr’, things take on a more eighties vibe. They really hit their stride in the middle of the album and I would say that songs like ‘Burn This House Down’ and ‘Blame It On Me’ are as good as anything they’ve put their names to over the years.
It’s a lot better than I could have wished, and I can only hope it becomes more than a project.
The Night Of Nights
Some live folk metal now. So ramp up your hey nonny no’s and prepare for a rollicking good ride, courtesy of Elvenking.
This is a double CD and DVD, but the promo only has the CD, so fingers crossed for some good visuals, because the music is cracking. It’s a live show recorded and filmed in Pordenone, Italy, and it’s easy to hear why they’ve got to the top of the folk metal tree, as they rampage top quality tunes like ‘The Wanderer’ and ‘Elvenlegions’. There’s room for the big ballad, ‘‘Skywards’, and with the band in top form, it’s a real pleasure to listen to.
Not one for the newbies, but fans will lap up this 2 hour plus folk metal extravaganza.
Time for some US pop punk now, courtesy of Kittenhead. They’ve been on the go for over three years now, playing out of West Hollywood, CA, slowly building a name for themselves.
They’ve already got an EP out, and their brand of power pop punk seems to going down a treat in the world of the roller derby circuit. Something that will mean nothing to those of us six thousand miles away, on the same latitude as Moscow, but in sunnier climes it’s a big thing.
Now on to a full album, and it’s a melodic pop punk treat. They’ve got some good tunes and a bagful of energy, and when the two combine on songs like ‘Ready To Roll’ and ‘Earthquake’, you can well understand how they’re becoming popular with “the kids”.