Album review: LAWLESS – Rock Savage

Escape Music

Lawless feature two current Demon members, guitarist Paul Hume (who also sings on the album) and drummer Neil Ogden, who are joined by Persian Risk guitarist Howie G and bassist Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams from Stoke based hard rockers Headrush.

Their plan was to record an album full of classic metal anthems that tip a nod to bands like Saxon, Dio and Scorpions. With song titles like the impressive opener ‘Heavy Metal Heaven’, they set their metal stall out early on and the next song ‘Black Widow Ladies’ is another metal romp. In fact the pace rarely lets up, as ‘F.O.A.D.’ keeps the pedal on the metal and allows Howie G to show his skill on the guitar.

I’d say it is only the slower songs where they come slightly undone as ‘S.O.S.’ outstays its welcome and ‘Where Heroes Fall’ is a decent stab at the sort of epic slow burner Saxon do so well. ‘Pretender’ sounds like latter day Europe and Paul Hume has a cracking vocal range, perfect for this album. Bit of fun to close the proceedings with ‘Metal Time’ and again check out the OTT guitar solo from Howie G.

A very impressive debut that achieves what it set out to do and those after a no frills, melodic metal fix Lawless will be right up your street.


Review by Jason Ritchie

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