Reviewed: October 2004
Released: 2004, Frontiers Records/Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Kingdom Come, or should I say Lenny Wolf, is back with a new album. Wolf has done almost everything on this album … played the instruments (except for solo guitar played by Eric Foerster) and provided the lead vocals. This is the follow up to the last album from 2002, simply titled INDEPENDENT. On that album Wolf had already had taken control over Kingdom Come and was not willing to compromise or rely on others. It’s his show now.
Kingdom Come has been around for about fifteen years, but they have never made a lasting impression on me. I think you can question a band that only consists of one remaining person with no other band members. On the upcoming tour he’ll use hired musicians.
Wolf isn’t only taking care of the instruments and the vocals, he’s also in charge of the production and I think he has written all eleven songs. Wolf recorded part of the album in his hometown of Hamburg and part in Los Angeles. Wolf has commented that he’s “happy with how [the album] came out” and feels it is “the most meaningful album I have done and I’m excited to see what the fans think.”
I would call this album is 70s style retro hard rock that’s heavy and grinding. The lead vocals and guitars take up the biggest part of the soundscape. Wolf’s production leaves a lot to the imagination. It sounds really weak, thin, uninspired and boring. It all sounds the same and he has put his lead vocals on top of everything else.
Unfortunately I have nothing remotely positive to say about this except for one thing. Wolf’s voice is still intact. His vocals fit the music. I have nothing against 70s retro rock but Wolf needs to put more feeling into this to make it more appealing. This album should only be bought by true Lenny Wolf fans and not by anyone, otherwise you’ll just get disappointed. I can only come up with one word who sums this album – BORING. The bio says that Wolf is preparing for a tour and that “no matter where you are, we will come your way.” If so, I can only say RUN!
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