Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Lizzies (review by MMB)

Lizzies: On Thin Ice
The Sign Records; 5 October 2018
Fans of traditional heavy metal with melodic singing should make it a point to investigate the classic rock of Lizzies (Spain): the sound of the youthful rising heavy rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s, especially as expounded by British, U.S. and German bands (and maybe a certain Irish band, too), seems a foundational inspiration for taking the classics from the past into the present. You can detect a more melodic side to the songs, a tendency to emphasize memorability ahead of the individual performances. It works wonders. It all sounds very appealing; good singing, guitar melodies and heavy rock as a wide spectrum. The songs are done so well; their skills in crafting songs that are accessible is a big strength for them. They make it easy for the fans of classic rock and heavy metal to find the treasures within the music.
The Spaniards are on a mission. This is their second album and they know that it has to impress. Has it impressed? In my personal list of big favorite albums for the month of October, I have only a couple of albums that I have heard that I have kept on regular rotation. This is one of them. I found it to be a satisfying listen and months later I still feel good about it. I haven’t got bored with it and I haven’t felt like I was exaggerating my favorable view of it. I would recommend it to fans of the classic sounds of the heavy rock of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal; classic U.S. heavy rock like Montrose, Y&T, Sammy Hagar, Blue Öyster Cult, early Van Halen, Dio, so on and so forth; Rainbow, U.F.O., Scorpions; and traditional classic heavy metal in general. It makes one wonder if power metal fans could be another demographic that could understand this music, too. The big melodies and the singing could be a winning factor for those fans when they hear how good the album really is.

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