Excellence continues with new singer
Posted by: jalvin from: Hammond, LA on
Lillian Axe returns with new vocalist Brian Jones on their 11th studio album "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow". I admit that I'm a biased fan, I own all of this bands music and everything that they've put out in the past never seems to get old for me, in fact it all continues to improve the more that I listen. This CD continues the journey starting with one of my early favorites so far, the fast-paced "Babylon". The pace slows for the next track "Death Comes Tomorrow" before picking back up with "Gather Up The Snow", another that I really like. The next song is "The Great Divide" that has a majestic feel to it that I know that I'll continue to like more as I hear it. "Take the Bullet" is next and I've had some time to listen to this one for awhile as it was released last Spring. It is another intense song inspired by the U.S. military forces and it is done very well. The next ballad (Bow Your Head) has a special story as well as it was inspired by the tragic story of the late Tripp Roth, a small child who passed away recently after suffering through a horrible disease. The music is beautiful and the lyrics are very touching. The CD jumps back to a frenzied pace for "Caged In" before settling into "Soul Disease". I like this one a lot as the pace seems to shift between two speeds which is something that I personally have always liked. "Lava on my Tongue" is next and its another classic Lillian Axe-styled song. The last track "My Apologies" is another beautiful ballad. The album closes with a bonus track "You Belong to Me" which is a haunting, darker song not unlike some of their earlier work. This may not appeal to everyone, especially on their first listen, but I have really grown to love these types of songs form the past and I think that one could become a favorite as well.
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