Lillian Axe - 2012 - XI The days before tomorrow
02. Death Comes Tomorrow
03. Gather Up The Snow
04. The Great Divide
05. Take The Bullet
06. Bow Your Head
07. Caged In
08. Soul Disease
09. Lava On My Tongue
10. My Apologies
11. Angels Among Us
“This is the best record I have ever written for Lillian Axe,” says lead guitarist Steve Blaze.
That’s a bold statement considering the amount of music Lillian Axe has produced during its eventful career.
XI:The Days before Tomorrow is the eleventh release from Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe and marks the debut of new lead vocalist
Brian Jones of Jackson, Mississippi.Lillian Axe has recorded an impressive amount of songs, earned the loyalty of a devout fan base worldwide and amassed an extensive amount of effusive critical acclaim from their peers.
Brian Jones brings an amazing new voice and incredible vocal range to Lillian Axe. His vocal style compliments Steve Blaze’s songwriting and in turn has inspired Steve to write some of his most passionate, deep and soulful new songs to date.
Lillian Axe took seven months to write and record the new album. Steve Blaze recounts, “I had so many ideas and we experimented with a lot of sounds, we took our time to make the album we wanted to for ourselves and the fans. We took no shortcuts recording this album.”
The album opens with the heavy razor blade riff of "Babylon", a straight-forward, hard rockin' song featuring a tight guitar solo by Blaze.
On "The Great Divide" the guys move deep into hard-prog territory and this nicely fits Jones' style of singing. The track's Spanish flavored intro along with the excellent guitar work make it one of the album's standout cuts.
"Gather Up The Snow" picks up the hard-hitting melodic stance of the first track and is another quality song.
The same applies to "Caged In" that brings some serious hard rock to the fore while "Lava On My Tongue", in spite of being quite uptempo, shows a more melodic side of the combo and "My Apologies" is a more standard sounding, mid tempo ballad.
On their new album, Lillian Axe has made some musical changes and the result is pretty consistent and convincing for the most part.
Steve Blaze is a man that has no boundaries and seemingly, has no wish to put up any.
He has really poured his heart, soul and creativity into the songwriting and performance aspect of this album. That being said, "The Days Before Tomorrow" needs repeated listens to be fully savoured and appreciated.
Summed up: what we have here is a very good hard rock album and probably one of the best and most complete Lillian Axe have ever made.
Brian Jones - Vocals
Steve Blaze - Guitar / Keyboard
Sam Poitevent - Guitar
Eric Morris - Bass
Ken Koudelka - Drums
Last Updated (Sunday, 29 April 2012 08:13)