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Deal With The Devil
Released: 2000, Metal Blade
The second-best butcher shop band of the 80's is back! (W.A.S.P. was/is the best) Lizzy and his assorted band of hellions have returned and, arguably, have brought their best music ever with them. From start to finish, this album is a wild ride, through all the horror shows and past all the evil creatures that we've come to expect from Lizzy.
Lizzy Borden's music has always carried a sort of glam-style L.A. sleaze to it, and this album is no different. Songs like "Hell Is For Heroes" and "Lovin' You Is Murder" (the best guilty pleasure on the CD) are pure melodic heavy metal. The band isn't afraid to step up the heaviness quotient in the music though, as opening kick in the teeth "There Will Be Blood Tonight" aptly shows. Really, that's always been the beauty of Lizzy Borden; the ability to somehow mesh the worlds of thrash and commercial hard rock. A song like "Lovin' You Is Murder" manages to capture a heavy sound while still carrying some sweet candy hooks and vocal melodies.
Elsewhere on the CD we get two covers, one of Alice Cooper's classic "Generation Landslide" covered well even if it doesn't really add to the original. There's also a cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "(This Ain't) The Summer Of Love" which is excellent and heavy as hell. I'll never know why more people don't worship B.O.C. considering that they could write riffs that awesome.
The only problem I have with the album is "Believe" which is a kind of melancholy ballad that, while O.K., seems out of place amongst the rest of the album. Why the band chose to end the album with it is beyond me. Anyhow, the rest of the album is definitely kick ass, and it hasn't left my CD changer in a month. Welcome back Lizzy!
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