Title: IILabel: Frontiers Music S.R.L.
In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain
and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dioís co-conspirators
and co-writers on the 'Holy Diver', 'Last In Line' albums, the album from which they took their name, and
'Sacred Heart' albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew
a big fan of Freeman, having seen him at numerous Raiding the Rock
Vaults in Vegas, I knew of his pedigree as a vocalist and
knew he'd be the perfect fit for this new band, as the debut album
in 2019, the much anticipated sophomore release is here.
Simply entitled 'II', the new album takes up where the debut
the intro the album really starts to take shape with the opener and
single 'Blackout the Sun'. A ballsy opening barrage of
drums and big bass lines courtesy of Vinny Appice and Phil
Soussan respectively, but when Vivian Campbell unleashes
those towering licks and then Freeman adds his vocals, the final
piece of the jigsaw is complete and track really explodes.
album continues with 'Landslide', which is not as heavy as to
opener, but is still as powerful a hard rocker that shows this
band may live under the Ronnie James legacy, but they are a
horse of a different colour and a real rock n' roll band in
their own right.
on with the album with a little touch of bluesy rock with 'Gods and
Tyrants', before rocking out once more with
the storming 'Year of the Gun'. A fast paced rocker that
really gets these old bones moving.
hard rocking continues with 'Give Up The Ghost', which is
where Freeman really brings out the angst in his vocals.
true emotion in this one. Then we take a step into 'The
Unknown' with this somewhat grungy, almost stoner rocker,
before unleashing a touch of classic rock with the stunning
'Sword From The Stone'.
back to the heavier side of the album with 'Electrified',
as the title illustrates, this is a real slab of great rock n' roll and
Campbellís solo mid-track is just superb.
One of my many favourite tracks off the album has to be the blues soaked 'Love And War', then it's hard n' heavy with the dark vibes of 'False Flag', before the album closes in style with the excellent ballad 'The Light'. All in all one of best second albums Iíve heard for a long time. Let's hope they journey across the pond again to do some shows over here in the UK, because I for one can't wait to hear these songs live.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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