Title: Devil You KnowLabel: Frontiers Music Srl
L.A. Guns has been rockin' across the world for over 30 years and
over that time the band has seen many, many line-up changes
and at various points we had two versions of L.A.
Guns. These days we have the two main forces
Guns, vocalist Phil Lewis and
guitarist Tracii Guns, along with Johnny
Martin on bass, Shane Fitzgibbon on drums and Ace
Von Johnson on rhythm guitar. Together they have
put their creative talents together and made "The
Devil You Know", the twelfth album in the LA
The album opens with "Rage", a
punk-infused ditty that wouldn't sound out of place on a
Ramones or Damned album, the band showing their early
"Stay Away" has a more early
LA Guns feel to it, albeit with heavier guitars, Tracii Guns
is a very under-rated guitar player as he shreds like an 18
yr old on here!!!. A catchy chorus and gritty guitars keep
this song chugging along.
Next up is "Loaded Bomb" a
fast-paced, sleazy tune, with some of Phil Lewis intense
vocals, when he's on form he's a force to be reckoned with.
Tracii once again shows his guitar prowess with some tasty
slide guitar. Probably my fave track on the album!!
Title track "Devil You Know"
is a heavy, doom-filled tune, very reminiscent of Black
Sabbath ... yes I did reference Sabbath in an LA Guns
review!!!!, but LA Guns put their own style on this
track. "Needle To The Bone" is a sleazy,
pop-rock fuelled tune, in the vein of Kiss/Cheap Trick.
This leads us into "Going
High", a diverse mid-tempo rocker with a contemporary
feel and some great vocals from Phil Lewis.
Then we're onto "Don't Need To
Win", imagine AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, and Cold Chisel
having a jam in a bar on Sunset Strip, a punchy rocker made
for the stage.
Penultimate track "Another Season
In Hell", a slow burner of a number, with Tracii
wringing out his best Jimmy Page riffs. Phil Lewis soars on
this one and Tracii lets loose on a blistering
solo. Bonus track and closer on the album
"Boom" is as close to anything you heard on the
first three LA Guns albums, a sleazy, rock n' roller that
takes the listener back to the fun-filled days of seein'
bands kick ass live.
Review by: Dave Brass
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