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On disc: Lynch Mob



REvolution - Amir Djawadi - 7 stars
Smoke And Mirrors - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars
Smoke And Mirrors - Umberto Mino - 6 stars


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Smoke And Mirrors

Smoke And Mirrors
(Frontiers - 2009)


After 17 years after their debut album, Lynch Mob are back with Oni Logan (their original singer). Very big news for the old rockers!!!! Their return, this new CD After 17 years after their debut album, Lynch Mob are back with Oni Logan (their original singer). Very big news for the old rockers!!!! Their return, this new CD Smoke & Mirrors is a simple hard rock platter record, nothing less and nothing more. Okay, sometimes Mr George Lynch put in some licks la Hendrix, but sometimes (especially at the end of this CD) some US-radio friendly songs put in my head and it seems impossible that these songs came from a guitar player that had marked the rock history in the 80's!!!!
Anyway, this CD is full of very nice songs, but none is the highlight of this album, because the value of this optical disc is not only a song, but the total package. It's very hard to find a 'hit' in this CD, and for this poor writer is possible to elevate at the high point of preferences Where Do You Sleep At Night, the title track and Time Keepers.
For this time Mr Lynch and Mr Logan has made a decent CD, and I tell one thing: at times where every 70's and 80's band is back with a tour or a new CD, at times where the money crisis is felt worldwide, I expect more quality from this people!!!!! Do you understand what I mean????


6 stars

Umberto Mino
 

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Smoke And Mirrors

Smoke And Mirrors
(Frontiers - 2009)


Lynch Mob was started by George Lynch and in 1990 they released Wicked Sensation. At that time Oni Logan was the Lynch Mob's singer and after several line-up changes he's back and shows his vocal range at Smoke And Mirrors.
Quite heavy and a bit retro they kick off 21st Century Man, in the beginning with distorted vocals. Time for the title track Smoke And Mirrors which kicks off slowly and with a dash blues, then they speed up to rock - and return to the bluesy theme. A sonic roller coaster ride between heavy rock and bluesy parts... A Southern rocker. After the laid-back Lucky Man they offer the up-tempo rocker My Kind Of Healer which gives Lynch space to show some of his tricks. A powerful, catchy rocker. Time Keepers is just shy of 7 minutes and the rocker gives George Lynch the chance to break free and show his large variety. With Revolution Heros they take you back in time, this one could have been on their debut. They ease off a bit for Let The Music Be Your Master, a slow tune. One of the highlights is the up-tempo rocker The Phacist which vocally reminds me a bit of Mr. Big... This one is fun! Where Do You Sleep At Night takes you back in time, this one has an authentic 70's feeling - very cool. Madly Backwards keeps this 70's spirits, but is a bit faster - and quite catchy. Speeding up for We Will Remain, this one would have been on heavy rotation in the early 90's... A bit more commercial then the other tracks. At the end of the regular edition you get a balladesque tune called Before I Close My Eyes. At the limited edition you get a bonus track called Mansions In The Sky... The songs is a darker then the rest of the tunes, but offers heavy riffs and Logan reminds me of someone else... But I can't fathom it... Interesting tune, but well chosen as a bonus track and put at the end of the CD, coz it differs from the rest of the album.
If you want to know what Lynch Mob sounds like nowadays, check out: Smoke And Mirrors, Where Do You Sleep At Night, Madly Backwards and Let The Music Be Your Master.


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Revolution

REvolution
(Mascot Records - 2003)


In the mid-80's a guitarist George Lynch made himself known in the scene so that he was chosen to fill in the vacant spot in Dokken. But it didn't last long, caused by personal problems between Lynch and mainman Don Dokken. After recording a live album on a huge tour the band broke up. Meanwhile Lynch was quite known and started a solo career. He started the band The Lynch Mob to return to the stages. On the 1990 released debut album Dokken drummer Mick Brown was part. During the following years album releases and tours kept them busy.
In the early 90's the reunion of Dokken seemed possible and so Lynch Mob broke up in 1993 and Dokken returned with Dysfunctional. Dokken were quite successful again, but the same problems led to George Lynch departure in 1999 - this time it seemed to be forever. After he left Dokken Lynch started working under the name Lynch Mob again. He experienced a lot and line-up changes took place. Finally he found his current line-up in bassist Anthony Esposito, drummer Fro and vocalist Robert Mason.
This quartet came up with the idea to pick up Lynch Mob songs and overdo them. That's the story of REvolution. The release was meant as an appetizer for the coming tour. Old fans will be happy to see them live again and hopefully make new friends.
With the 13 rock songs they should be able to make it, even if this is a studio recording you can hear how much fun it was for the members to record. Let's hope that it will last longer this time!


7 stars

Amir Djawadi
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)
 

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