Last In Line – Heavy Crown 2016 album review. 4 star rating.

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Last In Line

“Heavy Crown”

2016 release from Frontiers Records.

Last In Line – Devil In Me music video.

Andrew Freeman – Vocals. Vivan Campbell – Guitar. Vinny Appice – Drums. Jimmy Bain – Bass.

Artist location: USA.

4 out of 5 stars rating.

Reviewed by David

  1. Devil In Me.
  2. Matyr.
  3. Starmaker.
  4. Burn The House Down.
  5. I Am Revolution.
  6. Blame It On Me.
  7. In Flames (bonus song, deluxe edition).
  8. Already Dead.
  9. Curse The Day.
  10. Orange Glow.
  11. Heavy Crown.
  12. The Sickness.
  13. Heavy Crown (acoustic remix, bonus song, deluxe edition).

 

Last In Line is Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell’s side project. The supergroup, consisting of Campbell (Def Leppard, Dio), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio), the late, great Jimmy Bain (Dio), Andrew Freeman (ex-Lynch Mob and previously a touring guitarist and backup vocalist for punk rock band The Offspring on their 2008 tour) and Claude Schnell (Dio), who left the band before they did this album, was named after the 1984 Dio album “The Last In Line” which is the first of Dio’s albums to feature Campbell, Appice, Schnell and Bain. 

The band, which originated in 2012, started after Dio’s death and was originally put together by Campbell to peform covers of Dio songs. “Heavy Crown” is their first album and is all original material.

There are some definite similarities with the Dio sound present here but with a bit more modern take on the 80’s hard rock sound, not unlike Warrant did with their “Rockaholic” album, not that I am comparing the two, though there are some similarities present there as well.

This is a hard rocking album from start to finish with nary a ballad in sight. It is a definite winner, in my opinion, and is a good, solid album through and through. The band is incredible, which is apparent just looking at the names that are associated. Freeman’s vocals are top notch, powerful and perfect for the tone of this record. The production, by Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner, Lynch/Pilson), is superb. Perhaps, with the sad passing of Jimmy Bain, Pilson will assume bass duties for any touring that may occur and I hope that they do tour as I would very much like the chance to see them live.

Hopefully this will not be the one and only record we hear from these guys, as seems to be the case with a lot of super groups. I realize both Campbell and Appice are busy men with their other projects but hopefully they will find time to give us more from this superb band.

Do yourself a favor, check this album out. You’ll find a link at the top of the page to their first single, “Devil In Me“. If you aren’t hooked from that song then pass on the album. However if it catches you, as it did me, then don’t hesitate to pick this one up. I don’t believe you will be disappointed.

 

Standout tracks:

Devil In Me.

Starmaker.

Burn Down This House.

Orange Glow

The Sickness.

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