April 21, 2018

Lionheart -Madrid Review

 

 

 On April 19 we met the rockers of the capital to see the British, Lionheart, a band born at the dawn of the NWBOHM but with only two albums released, one of 84 and another, three decades later, in 2017. His short discography, a priori, does not seem like enough claim to attend a concert, however for me there were two fundamental motivations to get closer to see them, one was to enjoy live their two albums, the unforgettable Hot Tonight and the not inconsiderable , Second Nature, and the second incentive was, to see some heavyweights of the rock scene, together, live.

It is true that we have the opportunity to see many bands in our country, thanks to the tireless encouragement of our promoters, however, not every day we have musicians of similar depth on the tables of our rooms, and we knew that a few privileged, Not many, maybe eighty, and that's why we settled there in La Caracol, on a Thursday.

The band consists, no less, than Dennis Stratton and Steve Mann on guitars, Rocky Newton on bass (the three original members of the band), Clive Edwards on drums and Jimi Anderson on vocals. Dennis Stratton has had a long career in Praying Mantis and was guitarist for Iron Maiden on his first album, Steve Mann and Rocky Newton, both in the ranks of Schenker, and Clive Edwards in UFO, so it would have to be wrong for these Monsters will not give a memorable concert.

Although everything has to be said, we also went with some expectation, since the band did not have a big live shoot, besides having incorporated the new singer, unknown to the great majority, just a few weeks ago. The way Jimi Anderson was going to develop inside the combo was quite an unknown, in fact, the record was recorded with Lee Small and I know for sure, that there was a desire to see it live, but this time it could not be. We knew Anderson's work for a recent solo album and for some videos with his band of versions of Foreigner and Journey, and he did not seem to do anything wrong, but we would have to see him live to be able to prove that he was up to his peers.

The concert started at 22:15, fortunately we saw some keyboards on the stage, so we were not going to suffer a pre-recorded keys, good omen!
The night started with Give Me Light, from his latest album, the rhythmic duo, Clive Edwards, Rocky Newton with a strong and powerful sound, to fall on his feet, hard seventies rock to open the show. They continued with three tracks of first disc, a classic for many of the fans, Hot Tonight, Wait For The Night with Steve Mann, two bands, keyboards and guitar and Die for Love, tambourine in hand, Anderson defending a theme with some small sound problems, which fortunately were solved at the time. It should be noted the choirs, since all the members of the band harmonize their voices perfectly, a luxury in the times that run of pre-recorded choirs, hear the choirs live is priceless.

The singer Jimi Anderson interacted all the evening with the presents, his sympathy, naturalness and his chatter in Spanish won the audience from the first moment, he is a fantastic singer although the lyrics have been newly learned, but I assure you that we do not even remember Lee Small The rest of the band more restrained, very focused on their task, but very natural, we do not perceive absurd egos, nor postureo, what class!
They would fall more subjects of their recent work, Prisoner, Angel with dirty Faces, 30 Years.
Already, halfway through the concert presentation of the guitarist Steve Mann, who happens to be one of the composers of Schenker's mythical Anytime, and how we could not hear it when Teuton came to Spain, now if we were to have the good fortune to do so. It was one of the highlights of the night, of course! Mann acting as Schenker, wonderful at six strings and a Jimi Anderson, nothing to envy McAuley. From today, I declare myself an Anderson fan.

Dangerous game followed, Towers Of Silver and finally the expected, by all, I think, Do not Pay The Ferryman, a review of Chris de Burgh's classic, which is a real blast, and how they have managed to give that touch rocker and vibrant.
Heartbeat Radio also fell, Lionheart of the last album and to close, quite a surprise, the Doctor Doctor, very well executed although perhaps we liked the Anytime, despite a great brooch for a night of pure rock, without artifice.

Something short was done to us, hour and a quarter, but we left satisfied and with the firm belief of having seen a first division band and an even cheap ticket for the experience that we had just enjoyed.

Alicia Albertos

Second Nature - Best Comeback Album Of The Year 2017

Best 'Comeback album' 2017, #1 : LIONHEART - Second Nature [Japanese Edition+ 1] (2017)




End of the year / beginning of 2018, it's time to recap about the best 2017 releases, by category.
British finest LIONHEART get back in action with a fantastic CD plenty of killer melodies to die for.

After many years of wait, '80s UK melodic hard rockers LIONHEART finally released their sophomore album, "Second Nature". This Japanese edition includes an exclusive bonus track and a pretty amazing double poster with a 'circle of bands / band member discography' wonderfully printed.

LionHeart was formed by Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden), initially as part of the NWOBHM but soon developed a more catchy, accessible sound. Their sole official studio album to date is the awesome 1984′s Hot Tonight, rightly revered among many Melodic Hard Rock fans.

They split-up in 1986 with Stratton going on to join Praying Mantis. Fast forward to 2016 and they reformed for the Rockingham festival, which led to the band recording this new album and they have already played live dates in Japan and Sweden Rock Festival, with a UK tour with Airrace due later this year.



Joining original members guitarists Dennis Stratton & Steve Mann (ex-MSG, Sweet) and bassist Rocky Newton (ex-MSG), there are drummer Clive Edwards (ex-Wild Horses, UFO) and vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena, Shy).
Small is an inspired choice as his singing style suits the melodic hard rock on this album perfectly.

And what an album! Chock full of catchy melodious tunes with some real monster songs like ‘Give Me The Light’ and ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’. Both have harmony vocals around the choruses that bring to mind the mighty Sweet.
’30 Years’ fair gallops along like a young thoroughbred, with the guitars firing on all six on this one.

To cool things down a little we have the superb power ballad ‘Every Boy In Town’. The keys add to the big production feel to this one, highlighting again what a great match for the music Lee Small is with his melodic singing.

A surprise is the cover of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’ and what a corker of a cover it is! They rock this one up.
‘Heartbeat Radio’ is another fine slice of hard rock and features again fast ‘n’ furious guitar solos from Dennis Stratton and Steve Mann.



LionHeart 2017 is a Melodic Hard Rock machine, perfecly oiled and while awesomely melodic they have the bite missing in most acts from the genre nowadays.
"Second Nature" rocks bigtime, not a duff tune to be heard, as it is high quality classic Melodic Hard Rock from start to finish.
The Lions are back and roaring... AWESOME!


01 - Prelude
02 - Give Me The Light
03 - Don't Pay The Ferryman
04 - Angels With Dirty Faces
05 - 30 Years
06 - On Our Way
07 - Second Nature
08 - Prisoner
09 - Every Boy In Town
10 - Time Is Watching
11 - Heartbeat Radio
12 - Lionheart
13 - Paperback Writer (Japan bonus track)
14 - Reprise

Lee Small (lead vocals)
Dennis Stratton (lead guitar / backing vocals)
Steve Mann (lead guitar / keyboards / backing vocals)
Rocky Newton (bass guitar / backing vocals)
Clive Edwards (drums)


BUY IT !
www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/KICP-1854
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January 04, 2018

Shu's Metal Forever - Best of 2017 (Translated)

NWOBHM Although I had heard and heard about the reunion of the network, it is to be expected that Lionheart will reunite ... and vocals surprised the world with Shy's last album Lee Small. The sound is as expected, a fine melodic rock as I thought.  High quality work comparable to the debut album that I listened to for 30 years.

January 03, 2018

CRRs Top 10 AOR Albums 2017 . No.1 Lionheart - Second Nature


Ok, so its not exactly 'AOR', more 'classic rock'. The fact that its on AOR Heaven makes it on the list for me. Lionheart have made a comeback of massive proportions (30 yrs in the wilderness, it obviously made them hungry). They came back for a festival appearance and it was that good, they thought they would write an album. With founding fathers Dennis Stratton, Steve Mann, Rocky Newton and Clive Edwards, they went for THE 'go to' guy for quality vocals, one Lee Small, the Aldi version of Glenn Hughes ('Aldi' in a very good way. Lets face it, Glenn is Glenn). '30 Years' is instantly memorable, 'Angels With Dirty Faces' is melodic rock at its finest, and they even throw in a cover of 'Dont Pay The Ferryman'. I keep stating on reviews the past few years that Lee Small has eclipsed himself with his performances. He's done it yet again with Lionheart.

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CRRs Top 10 Albums of 2017 No.2. Lionheart - Second Nature


Lionheart have made a comeback of massive proportions. They came back for a festival appearance and it was that good, they thought they would write an album. In comes the 'go to' guy for vocals, one Lee Small, the Aldi version of Glenn Hughes (in a very good way. Lets face it, Glenn is Glenn). '30 Years' is instantly memorable, 'Angels With Dirty Faces' is melodic rock at its finest, and they even throw in a cover of 'Dont Pay The Ferryman'. I keep stating on reviews the past few years that Lee Small has eclipsed himself. He's done it yet again with Lionheart.

                                                                  

                                                                 

November 29, 2018

BE ROCK Review

 Immediately after the imposing prelude comes "Give Me The Light", which will make you
start headbanging just by listening to its first few notes! It has wonderful bass and drums,
along with beautiful crystal-clear vocals.  Add in a killer chorus into the mix, and you have all the pieces to this musical puzzle!


 The third track coming up is a cover of Chris de Burgh's album, "Getaway", which was released in 1982. Of course,I'm talking about "Don't Pay The Ferryman", an amazing track that you will fall in love with!


 Immediately afterwards we have "Angels With Dirty Faces",which stands out due to its beautiful guitars and vocals.


 Continuing the album in the same quality footsteps, we have "30 Years", "On Our Way", "Second Nature", "Prisoner","Every Boy In Town", "Time Is Watching" and "Heartbeat Radio", with the last one winning the 'battle' among them due to its rhythm.

 

 Lastly, we have "Lionheart" and "Reprise" closing the album rhythmically and melodically.


 In summary? Okay, what we have here is a group of musicians with a ton of personality, and that shows from their past of performing in bands such as UFO, Iron Maiden, MSG and Shy.


 The tracks are wonderful melodic hard rock compositions, and the performances by the band are excellent.


 It will be released on the 25th of August by AOR Heaven, make sure to drop what you're doing and go buy it immediately! One of the great releases of 2017.


As for the score, I can't give it anything short of perfect, as such, I rate it 10/10!



George "Snaki" Karatzas 10/10: "The tracks are wonderful melodic hard rock compositions, and the performances by the band are excellent!  One of the great releases of 2017!  As for the score, I can't give it anything short of perfect, as such,I rate it 10/10!"

October 31, 2017

Rockfist Review

 Lionheart, a band known to AOR enthusiasts as well as NWOBHM scene, returns with their new album "Second Nature" . One could think of them as a superabundance of the kind, and they are staffed by Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden), Steve Mann (MSG), Rocky Newton (MSG), Clive Edwards (UFO) and Lee Small (Shy).

 The album was released in August by "AOR Heaven" and is undoubtedly one of the "diamonds" of 2017. It consists of 13 tracks, where I would say there are many tunes  that you do not know which one to start playing. After every listening to the album, I sang a different piece! There are songs like "Give Me The Light" , "Do not Pay The Ferryman" , "Time Is Watching" where your chorus is nailed and you feel how you missed nice melodies in the new bands. I would also say, how I distinguished myself for his characteristic melody in a bowl and chorus "Angels With Dirty Faces" which is one of the favorites of the album.

 Their sound is very careful and the band seems to want to keep the sound of the 80's of course with better production. Orchestration of the pieces is also good, where they have given a special basis to guitar parts and choral vocals. In general, "Second Nature" is a very nice album that should not be missing from any collection.
 

October 13, 2017

Music Atlas Review (Translated)

 Translated: AOR Heaven / Soulfood

 

 

 Welcome back, gentlemen!

 

 Not from the US Hardcore squadron is the speech here, but by a British formation, which was founded in 1980 until 1986 existed, but after a first 30 (!) - year "Sleeping Beauty sleep" inserted and only in the previous year again emerged from the sinking.

 

  More specifically, the veteran bands Dennis Stratton, Rocky Newton, and Steve Mann, who form the heart of the formation then and now, could win a show at the Rockingham Festival, along with former SHY / PHENOMENA vocalist Lee Small and ex-UFO / WILD HORSES drummer Clive Edwards did not only put the triumvirate on fire, but the quintet soon decided to keep LIONHEART alive in the longer term.

 

 Good thing, men! Thus, we finally get to enjoy the successor to the debut "Hot Tonight" which was released in 1984, and it contains exactly what you could expect from this formation. Melodic songs by the bank in the border area of Hard and Melodic Rock, to which the handwriting of the musicians is to be noted. Not surprisingly therefore, that in the heavier tracks so many guitar passages listen to very early IRON MAIDEN, while in more moderate moments also the PRAYING MANTIS past of Dennis is understandable. No less frequent are MSG and UFO, which may be used as a reference, only Lee sounds much rougher than in his previous fields of activity.

 

 So far, so good, so expected. But there are still surprises, without exception, of a positive nature. Among other things, the official rocking interpretation of the Chris DE BURGH classic "Don't Pay the Ferryman", which fits perfectly into the action. Or the DEEP PURPLE cover and NWOBHM-typical guitars from the speakers thunderous scene tribute *30 Years", which turns out to be an absolute hit candidate. Two of these have also saved LIONHEART for the end. First, there is the eponymous anthem a casual-casual, fast-paced kick in the backside with the band name should be remembered long before the pompously intoned "reprise". Although much gentler, but still a dose of intense comes out of the speakers and Lee fervently voices the band's attitude on the lines "Rock'n'Roll is gonna save you". Pure goose bumps!

October 07, 2017

ODAYROXX Review - Second Nature

 

 

 After many years of wait, '80s UK melodic hard rockers LIONHEART finally released their sophomore album, "Second Nature". This Japanese edition includes an exclusive bonus track and a pretty amazing double poster with a 'circle of bands / band member discography' wonderfully priLionHeart was formed by Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden), initially as part of the NWOBHM but soon developed a more catchy, accessible sound. Their sole official studio album to date is the awesome 1984′s Hot Tonight, rightly revered among many Melodic Hard Rock fans.

 LionHeart was formed by Dennis Stratton (ex-Iron Maiden), initially as part of the NWOBHM but soon developed a more catchy, accessible sound. Their sole official studio album to date is the awesome 1984′s Hot Tonight, rightly revered among many Melodic Hard Rock fans.


 They split-up in 1986 with Stratton going on to join Praying Mantis. Fast forward to 2016 and they reformed for the Rockingham festival, which led to the band recording this new album and they have already played live dates in Japan and Sweden Rock Festival, with a UK tour with Airrace due later this year.

 Joining original members guitarists Dennis Stratton & Steve Mann (ex-MSG, Sweet) and bassist Rocky Newton (ex-MSG), there are drummer Clive Edwards (ex-Wild Horses, UFO) and vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena, Shy).
Small is an inspired choice as his singing style suits the melodic hard rock on this album perfectly.

 And what an album! Chock full of catchy melodious tunes with some real monster songs like ‘Give Me The Light’ and ‘Angels With Dirty Faces’. Both have harmony vocals around the choruses that bring to mind the mighty Sweet.
’30 Years’ fair gallops along like a young thoroughbred, with the guitars firing on all six on this one.

 To cool things down a little we have the superb power ballad ‘Every Boy In Town’. The keys add to the big production feel to this one, highlighting again what a great match for the music Lee Small is with his melodic singing.

 A surprise is the cover of Chris de Burgh’s ‘Don’t Pay The Ferryman’ and what a corker of a cover it is! They rock this one up.

 Heartbeat Radio’ is another fine slice of hard rock and features again fast ‘n’ furious guitar solos from Dennis Stratton and Steve Mann.

 LionHeart 2017 is a Melodic Hard Rock machine, perfectly oiled and while awesomely melodic they have the bite missing in most acts from the genre nowadays.


"Second Nature" rocks bigtime, not a duff tune to be heard, as it is high quality classic Melodic Hard Rock from start to finish.


 The Lions are back and roaring... AWESOME!


01 - Prelude
02 - Give Me The Light
03 - Don't Pay The Ferryman
04 - Angels With Dirty Faces
05 - 30 Years
06 - On Our Way
07 - Second Nature
08 - Prisoner
09 - Every Boy In Town
10 - Time Is Watching
11 - Heartbeat Radio
12 - Lionheart
13 - Paperback Writer (Japan bonus track)
14 - Reprise

Lee Small (lead vocals)
Dennis Stratton (lead guitar / backing vocals)
Steve Mann (lead guitar / keyboards / backing vocals)
Rocky Newton (bass guitar / backing vocals)
Clive Edwards (drums)


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August 31, 2017

Crossfire Review (Translated from German)

 Long, long ago, the melodic hard rockers Lionheart, their first and to date only output "Hot Tonight" came out. As a result of the acclaimed performance at the Rockingham Festival in England, in 2016, the gentlemen felt moved to attack again with "Second Nature", and impressively show that they have not forgotten anything. After the compulsive intro, the catchy "Give Me The Light" is a good start, before the guys around the former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, also succeeded in Chris De Burgh's number "Don't Pay The Ferryman ". Also the other songs, such as the accessible "Angels With Dirty Faces" or the somewhat straighter overcoming "30 Years", spray quite their charm. With the grooving "Heartbeat Radio" and the power ballade "Every Boa In Town", two pearls sting out a bit, until finally the emotional "Reprise" completes this strong rebirth. Conclusion: Old School fans should absolutely listen!

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 points


Author: Markus Peters

August 24, 2017

Metal Underground (Translated from German)

Just recently, a documentary about the NWOBHM was viewed and clearly the former Iron Maiden guitarist Denis Stratton came to the train. The ax-swinger is known to be, however, more by Praying Mantis than with the second stand Lionheart , although this troop also exists since the early eighties. With "Second Nature" , the British return from the island and try to present the spirit of the modified NWOBHM in rocking, as well as melodic elements for the broad, if also traditional, fanbase. The classic spirits have for my taste skillfully conjured into the new year.

It is certainly with such bands difficult to revive the old glorious acts, succeed or not. For this one always needs the sparking spark and Lionheart have definitely integrated with this work. The sound is well suited to those fields of activity of many old colleagues. Well, I also find that because of the participation at Praying Mantis not too strong parallels discovered. The team is increasingly focusing on the concept of bringing innovation to the fore. This succeeds literally and knows well to animate. The sparking sparks are transformed into a rain shower at "Do not Pay The Ferryman" at the latest. You read correctly, it is also so, the track does not really come from Lionheart , but is a cover version of the Chris de Burgh hit. Good approaches and innovations make the track a Melodic Rock Partynummer.

Lee Small (Phenomena / Shy) was the perfect choice because his vocal style fits the Melodic Rock perfectly. In addition, he lends the tracks his special bonus note, which his rhythm colleagues have already implemented in massive perfection. The unity as a band works magnificently and the energetic entrainers that have been built into the pieces enhance the classical joy in the domestic walls in immeasurable.

You're galloping from one rousing track to the next, and there's no moment when you're embarrassed to skip the song. Here, the classical sound journey to the island is an undertaking, which can hold on to long-lasting. Especially the NWOBHM The hard fans must listen to the Machwerk and at the latest "30 Years" this will result in a cheering storm. This epic track pays tribute to a whole sound genre of the British Steel and that is for my taste a tribute or anthem par excellence.

Undoubtedly, Denis Stratton and his men at Lionheart have put themselves in a lot of power, a contemporary work has emerged, which will clearly convince the traditionalists, but they will play the album up and down until the player glows.

Conclusion: Really Exciting with what class Lionheart here a musical time journey of the igniting way with "Second Nature" on a silver ring. Here you do not need to talk about a pink pair of glasses, no the team would prefer to speak the music and it convinces from the first to the goddamn last track of this silver! Compulsory purchase for every old-established NWOBHM collector who likes it at and off times rockier!

August 18, 2017

Born Again Heavy Metal Soundhouse - Album Review: Lionheart 'Second Nature'

It's been over 30 years since melodic rockers Lionheart released an album, but 2017 sees the release of new album 'Second Nature' which has made us all the more excited for the upcoming UK tour with Airrace later this year.

Thinking about Dennis Stratton brings us thoughts of him plucking strings in early Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis as well as watching him and Dave Edwards play rock classics in small East End boozers- good times! Dennis though, also formed the very brilliant melodic rock band LIONHEART in 1980 alongside Steve Mann (MSG, Eloy, Liar), Rocky Newton (Wildfire), Jess Coxx (Tygers of Pan Tang) and Frank Noon (Def Leppard). After debuting at the infamous Marquee Club in London; undergoing various challenging line-up changes (consisting of many members of rock royalty) the boys got back together in 2016 for Rockingham Festival which later led to the band recording new album Second Nature.

 

After releasing 1984 album Hot Tonight, the band have come back with new vocalist Lee Small, best known for his vocals with Phenomena and Shy. And boy is he the perfect match! With his supreme melodic vocal he matches the style of Lionheart perfectly. 

After a short prelude, the album kicks off with track 'Give Me the Light' which definitely gives us some light into what the album is going to bring. It oozes with sheer melodic rock and could very well be mistaken for a track on their 1984 album. Then bang, straight into 'Angels With Dirty Faces' with an explosion of lead guitar tickled with that NWOBHM sound we were all expecting to hear from the guitar work which fuses wonderfully next to the smooth AOR tones of Lee's vocals. 

Lionheart's rendition of Chris De Burgh's  'Don't Pay the Ferryman' is definitely up there with some of the best tracks on the album. It's as if this song was made to have a faster, heavier tempo. The vocal melodies here are strong and it's one of those songs that stays with you even after listening to the entire record. A definite stand-out tune. 

Next up is '30 Years' and there's no prizes for guessing who this song is about. Describing an "ordinary East End boy" who has gone "from the roughest part of town, to the marquee" and referencing a certain Iron Maiden?  A brilliant, fast tempo track with high energy and power throughout- some of the lyric and vocal structure conjuring thoughts of a heavier Johnny B. Goode in it's story-telling manner. Lee's smooth vocals are combined perfectly with the heavier guitar sound that pummels right through you and is broken down nicely by an archetypal NWOBHM style lead. 

After that great bout of energy, 'On Our Way' cools things down with an atmospheric instrumental where we definitely hear the influences of Lionheart friends such as Michael Schenker. This gives the album an interval which sets the scene for the title track on the album. Additional to the superb lead vocals, the rest of the band are really showing off their backing vocal skills as they harmonise giving a heavy nod to AOR. 'Prisoner' starts off much the same and is shrouded in AOR goodness with it's keyboard riff, then mixed up with tempo changes, heavier guitar riffing and an epic chorus created for a fan sing a long. 

When you have a vocalist as strong as Lee, it's inevitable that he's going to be putting his magical touch into a ballad. This 'magical' touch is reminiscent of both something you'd hear from a Disney picture but sung by vocal master Glenn Hughes. Of course, what is a ballad without a handful of guitar leads and solos that really give more of that heroic feel. This is a song to definitely hear live!

It's time for title track 'Lionheart'. With an opening drum roll, fast-paced riff and a vocal structure that heavy metal greats would be proud of. Dennis has definitely had his hands all over this song as we are treated to some more of that NWOBHM goodness with added power and speed. A surprising but pleasing track to hear and perfectly named. Finally, we come to the 'Reprise' and once again Lee is executing the sounds of Glenn Hughes and sometimes even Dougie White as he really rips into this mini- track. A commanding way to end a brilliant album.

I'm a sucker for some synthy keys so if I could add something to 'Second Nature' it would definitely be a few more opportunities to divulge in some air keyboard - something that the first album had lashings of.  This album though, does get increasingly better with each listen. It's everything you expect with it's typically brilliant AOR tones, brushed beautifully with NWOBHM sounds that you'd usually find on some later Praying Mantis albums. Lee Small was a perfect choice of vocalist and is supported greatly with strong backing vocals throughout. Whether you've been a fan since Hot Tonight or if you're just being introduced to Lionheart, you won't be disappointed. 

Now to fast forward to December where we'll be witnessing Lionheart live with Airrace at London's Camden Underworld.
 

Score: 4.5/5

 

Produced, engineered and mastered by guitarist Steve Mann, it's set for release on 25th August on AOR Heaven. Japan are lucky enough to have it already but you can pre-order yourself a copy here.

 

Line Up
Lee Small - Vocals
Dennis Stratton - Guitar
Steve Mann- Guitar
Rocky Newton- Bass
Clive Edwards- Drums


Review: Kayleigh MG

August 16, 2017

Classic Rock Magazine

  Lionheart formed in 1980, and their first six years were plagued by line-up instability and record label ineptitude, and also the misguided assumption that they were just another dodgy heavy metal band. But Lionheart were weaned on classic North American hard rock, and the keyboard touches of guitarist Steve Mann sweetened the mix with delicious pomp.

  Second Nature reintroduces the British band, reborn last year after an absence of three decades. Linchpins Dennis Stratton (formerly with Iron Maiden), Mann, bassist Rocky Newton and drummer Clive Edwards are fronted by Lee Small (Shy/Phenoma/Skyscaper), who reins in his sometimes all-too-obvious Glenn Hughes influence to fit their sound like a glove.

 

  The album is a seamless mix of old yet unreleased gems and five tunes written since the reunion, while the band add their own fingerprints to Chris de Burgh's Don't Pay The Ferryman, and Every Boy In Town previously recorded by NWOBHM cult heroes Taurus. The sound is lush and crisp, the hooks enticing and deep, the band's quality unmistakable.

  The Lion roars again.

   9/10

 Dave Ling

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