Lionsheart are the band built around vocalist Steve Grimmett (ex-Grim
Reaper/Onslaught) and for this album he’s joined by the line-up that has
been together over the last three years. These are guitarist Ian Nash, bass
player Eddie Marsh and drummer/keys player Steve Hales.
If you’re not familiar with Lionsheart’s musical sound it is classic hard rock meets metal,
think Dio and Saxon with the melody of Rainbow in parts. Steve Grimmett has
a suitably powerful voice that rises above the metal bombast and guitar
soloing, none more so than ‘Screaming’. A real ‘fist in the air’ anthem if
ever there was one. On ‘I’m Alive’ Grimmett even sounds like Ronnie Dio!
Another great anthemic chorus, backed by rock solid drums and crashing
‘Nightmare’ could easily be lifted of a Dio album of the 80’s
- big riffing wrapped in a tight melody. Throughout the guitars of Ina Marsh
feature prominently and he plays some cracking solos throughout the album.
But there is some lighter fare! ‘I Need Love’ is a classic power ballad,
staring with Grimmett in mellow vocal mode and acoustic backing before the
guitars come crashing in on the chorus. This track marks one of the
highpoints of the album.
One slight reservation is the number of mid-tempo tracks that could have
been pruned slightly but then other listeners may find that no problem at
all. Solid production and well played, with plenty of guitar soloing to keep
air guitarists happy! Safe to say that if you enjoyed their earlier albums
you’ll be eager to add this to your collection asap.
Review by Jason Ritchie
***** Out of this world | **** Pretty
damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly