Inglorious – II 2017 album review. 4.5 star rating.

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Inglorious

‘II’

2017 release from Frontiers Records srl.

Inglorious – ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving’ music video.

Nathan James – Vocals. Andreas Eriksson – Guitar, keyboards. Wil Taylor – Guitar. Colin Parkinson – Bass. Phil Beaver – Drums.

Artist location: UK.

4.5 out of 5 stars rating.

Reviewed by David.

  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.   Faraway.
  12.   High Class Woman.

 

Deluxe Edition bonus DVD content:

 

Live At Donnington:

  1. Until I Die.
  2. Breakaway.
  3. High Flying Gypsy.
  4. No Good For You.
  5. Holy Water.
  6. Warning.
  7. Unaware.

Special Features:

  1. Inglorious EPK.
  2. Taking The Blame (Video).
  3. I Don’t Need Your Loving (Video).
  4. Behind The Scenes.

 

Like many of you the first time I ever heard the incredible voice of Nathan James, and the ungodly notes the young man is able to somehow reach, was through television, long before UK rockers Inglorious came about and introduced their music to the world.

Having appeared on various reality talent shows, James first came on my radar when I saw him perform on the British leg of The Voice. Not only was I obviously highly impressed with his voice, but he sang a Bon Jovi song, which, as my favorite band, I am typically not a fan of people doing covers of them at all. However this guy came out and actually did a smashing cover of ‘Livin’ On A Prayer‘ and I was duly impressed. And then he hit that note at the end and I was blown away.

He may not have won that contest but a few years later he popped up again, this time as the singer for a new band, and they released a fantastic debut album. And I think we can all agree that he found his perfect home here because he has never sounded better and this singer and band were a match made in musical Heaven.

Now, two years later, Inglorious are back with album number two, aptly titled ‘II‘, and once again they have delivered a simply wonderful record full of groovy, blues infused hard rock that should satisfy the rocker in you.

And rock it is, there is not a ballad in sight here. A couple of tracks start out slow and mellow but they quickly take a turn towards the rocking and even the mid-tempo songs can hardly be labeled as a ballad.

The album opens with one of the best songs the band has ever delivered, ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving‘ (click on the link near the top of the page to see the music video). Just a fantastic track and an excellent way to get the record started. I love it.

Taking The Blame‘ is a fast, kick ass rocker with a terrific delivery from  James.

Tell Me Why‘ and ‘Read All About It‘ continue with the same pacing and give us two more head banging groovers before things slow down just a hair with ‘Change Is Coming‘. The first thirty seconds of the track are rather mellow before the full band jumps in gives a great mid-tempoed rocker with a driving bassline from Colin Parkinson.

Making Me Pay‘ gives us another more mid-tempo rocker and takes us into my least favorite track of the album, ‘Hell Or High Water‘. Not bad by any means but never fully hits the strength of the other tracks for me.

No Good For You‘ cranks things back up to eleven for us with one of my favorite songs of the record. A hard and heavy rocker with some great guitar work from Andreas Eriksson.

I Got A Feeling‘ is a groovy little number that clocks in just under three minutes and leads into ‘Black Magic‘, one of the songs that was released early from this album.

Faraway‘ is another more mellow track that takes us into the hard rocking album closer, ‘High Class Woman‘, another highlight for me. Great song and James ends the song fantastically with one of his insanely high screams.

If you purchase the deluxe edition of the album then you receive a bonus DVD that includes a full live show, a couple of music videos and a behind the scenes feature. If, like me, the chances of ever getting to catch this band live are slim at best then this is a great way to see an excellent show from them.

These guys can write some damn good music and holy crap can they play! Every member is represented here in grand fashion and the mix is fantastic as all of the instruments are all, at once, meshed together to blend perfectly and at the same time easily heard seperately in each track.

Eriksson is a very underappreciated guitarist my opinion and he burns the strings up all throughout this record along with Wil Taylor who covers the rhythm guitar. After recording this album, Wil left the band to pursue other ventures and the band brought back original guitarist Drew Lowe.

Bassist Colin Parkinson and drummer Phil Beaver round out the band and these two men sound fantastic as they jam their way through the album with driving beats and a constant grooving bassline that brings it all together.

And the vocals? Well, Nathan James sounds phenomenal as always here and proves once again that he is one of the brightest young singers to hit the genre in recent years. He has amazing control over his voice and just an incredible voice all around that I love to listen to.

Yet another splendid release from Frontiers Records.  This label is constantly bringing us some of the best albums the genre has to offer. 

From the opening chords of ‘I Don’t Need Your Loving‘ to the final notes of ‘High Class Woman‘, the album never let’s up and, like the newest release from Art NationInglorious have also taken that “sophomore jinx” theory and said “F U” by delivering a second album that not only rivals their debut in strength, but perhaps even surpasses it.

If you enjoyed their first record, or are a fan of early Whitesnake or of Deep Purple and that kind of blues flavored rock n’ roll, then do not hesitate to get this one. Another superb album from a highly talented group of artists that have yet to disappoint.

Highly recommended.

 

 

Standout Tracks:

 

‘I Don’t Need Your Loving’.

‘Taking The Blame’.

‘Read All About It’.

‘Change Is Coming’.

‘No Good For You’.

‘High Class Woman’.

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