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[ALBUM REVIEW] INGLORIOUS: Inglorious II

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A band influenced by classic rock giants is nothing new. Coverdale cries, Bonham beats and Joe Perry string jukin’ will always be irremovable beads of condensation within the ever-turning sand timer of rock music recyclables. So when yet another band slide onto the scene with these recurring (yet respectable) influences, it’s easy to sigh and head straight for your Burn vinyl rather than shell out a hefty wedge of cash for the latest new era replica. On the contrary, Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Zeppelin and Aerosmith inspired Inglorious have self-produced an album that deserves every GBP it demands (£24.99 for a signed vinyl, FYI).

“Inglorious II” tiptoes into the eardrums with 26 seconds of guitar fondling on opening track I Don’t Need Your Loving before it drops head first from dizzying heights into colossal chasms of ceaseless hard-hitting rock riffs. Presenting with an insidious amalgamation of thunderous instrumentation to rival the hammering down of Satan’s hooves, I Don’t Need Your Loving suitably sets the scene of an album that every head banger should (and will) dream of. Each song demonstrates perfectly navigated room-filling riffs, with especial mention to Tell Me Why, which opens with a gently eerie melody suited to the permeation of high-altitude mountain air before it slides down into further head-rush inducing hard rock.

Vocalist Nathan James is blessed with a carnivorous roar fitting enough to substantiate his golden mane. However, James also packs the soulful moans and pitch-climbing howls that approach Myles Kennedy standards. Brandishing darkly dirty Nikki Sixx-style bass and a guitar wail that flits between the cries of a damsel in distress and a maiden of the night’s pleasure-filled shrieking, Read All About It is the perfect encapsulation of James’ audaciously sassy lyrics, of which could just as easily be found in Aretha Franklin’s album poetry.

Dutifully offering listeners an opportunity to catch their breath, Inglorious ease Inglorious II back with Faraway, a delicate, acoustic-based track that is somewhat reminiscent of the lighter back catalogue of Sweden’s Opeth. Meanwhile, Change Is Coming takes its time in teasing the listener with a tender, caressing melody before unleashing perfectly chaotic hell. Almost every bar of Inglorious II brings with it a climax that dares the next bar to pack an even harder punch. Although flying the flag for British rock, Inglorious have successfully produced a high-speed album that is tailor-made for test-driving any Ford Mustang speed demon alongside the badlands of Arizona, USA.

Human beings are always keen on the denomination of first places – first on the moon, to the top of Everest, to the North Pole; any second, third, fourth comers are often lost in history. Inglorious may be the second hundredth coming of musical Coverdaleism, but Inglorious II is an album that will entice spin after spin, allowing for dust to settle upon your Burn vinyl with distinct comfort.

5/5 stars

Listen to latest “Inglorious II” album tease Hell or High Water:

Pre-order “Inglorious II” for its release on 12th May 2017 here: https://store.inglorious.com

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