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KINGDOM COME `Independent' (Ulftone) 2002 (advance - out 14 Oct)

Kingdom Come, best remembered for the their debut album and `In Your Face', two classic albums chock full of rock and very Led Zep like in parts. The last Kingdom Come album was `Too' back in 2000. This time it's just Lenny Wolf playing everything bar the drums.

Opener `I Can Feel It' has a very modern sound. Sampled sounds and distorted guitars, coupled with the unmistakable vocals of Lenny Wolf. Next up is `Mother', again with drum loops and programming - some nice guitar touches as well. `Didn't Understand' is near to `classic' Kingdom Come, with chunky riffing and keyboard touches, with Lenny putting in a trademark wail in the chorus. `Forever', a ballad that leads off with an acoustic guitar intro and featuring some `spacey' keyboards. One of the highlight tracks on the album for me.

`America' is a slow stomper, the nearest track to older Kingdom Come and possibly the weakest track on the album. `Do You Dare' is another techo influenced rocker, with clear, crisp drums. Closing track `Easy Talkin' Hardline' is a mid tempo rocker with a pumping bass line.

A brave move by Lenny Wolf, as he is basically Kingdom Come now, very modern feeling rock music and it may not appeal to long term fans. Much of the backing is similar to later day Depeche Mode or Paradise Lost. It takes a few listens to get into but it's well worth the effort.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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