Inglorious – II
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 12/05/2017
Running time: 42:39
Review by Vikkie “Queen Of Rock” Richmond
For a band that seemed to burst onto the scene out of nowhere, Inglorious are certainly doing very nicely for themselves, thank you. They only formed back in 2014 and a line-up change saw original rhythm guitarist Drew returning to the band earlier this year. Appearances with such rock royalty as The Winery Dogs, Dead Daisies and Steel Panther have garnered an ever growing fan base and a forthcoming headline tour will see them play across the UK, with some venues already sold out.
Debut album “Inglorious” was well received and catapulted the band into the limelight, bringing with it some anthemic tracks including their eponymously titled anthem. “II” was eagerly awaited by fans and critics alike, as most second albums are. So, what’s it like? Don’t be fooled into thinking, from the introduction of the first track “I Don’t Need Your Loving”, that this is going to be a weak, watery copy of the first album. After a few seconds, this track literally explodes into a cacophony of funky guitars and raunchy vocal stylings. Nathan’s voice is in fine fettle and this song will make you get up and dance, for sure.
Third track, “Tell Me Why” is a huge song, with a time signature change just before the end and some startling vocals. One of my stand out favourites is track four, the familiar sounding “Read All About It”, which I believe has the potential to become the anthem of the album.
There’s a nice, thoughtful guitar intro on “Change Is Coming”, indeed it almost lends itself to ballad territory but again, it segues into a massive sound, rather than the softer song that you might be expecting. “Hell Or High Water” is a bruising affair that races along faster than Mo Farah in a 5,000 metre race and features some sweet vocal harmonies, underpinned by a strong bass line.
The classic influence is particularly strong on several tracks, not least “I Got A Feeling”, with some killer keyboards coming through. The album closer, “High Class Woman” begins with a nice riff and some promising drums and the rest of the song doesn’t disappoint with more of those sweet harmonies and lots of attitude.
Basically, if you like your old school rock, such as Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Led Zeppelin, etc, there is nothing not to like here. “II” is not that big a departure from the debut “Inglorious”, although it does have a bigger sound and clearly there is more experience and knowledge under the collective Inglorious belts. There are several tracks that match the first album in terms of anthem potential and it’s no surprise that, although the band produced this album themselves, it was mixed by none other than Kevin Shirley, who has worked with all manner of legendary bands including Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden.
It will be interesting to see how album three turns out when it eventually comes, but for now, enjoy the ride and make sure you catch them live. See you at the front!
1. I Don’t Need Your Loving
2. Taking The Blame
3. Tell Me Why
4. Read All About It
5. Change Is Coming
6. Making Me Pay
7. Hell Or High Water
8. No Good For You
9. I Got A Feeling
10. Black Magic
11. Far Away
12. High Class Woman
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