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Lion's Share: Dark Hours

Lion's Share are soon to unleash more of their blend of heavy metal upon us. If you enjoyed their previous album, 2007's Emotional Coma (I know I did), then get ready because Lion's Share have really stepped up with 2009's Dark Hours. This album contains some of the best metal I've heard in a while, it really is that good.

There's no mistaking the prominent voice of Patrik Johansson, like the evil spawn of Ronnie James Dio, Patrik's snarls united with Lars Chriss's guitar, Sampo Axelsson on bass, and drums from Richard Evensand and Conny Petterson, has Lion's Share ripping it up and expelling the kind of metal you'll want to hear again and again.

No quick introductory instrumental composition on this CD, Lion's Share launch into Dark Hours hardened opening track "Judas Must die" with the guitar at a cracking pace and a great chorus, and "Phantom Rider" has some wonderful vocal touches from Patrik, sounding quite sinister at times. The album flows well with plenty of masterful performances, Lars Chriss gives a striking display of his guitar work throughout Dark Hours. The last and longest track at just over the five minute mark, "Behind The Curtain", has a great chunky chorus and catchy head banging section, quite the fine closer to a splendid album. Also of note, the formidable guitarist Michael Romeo (Symphony X) has a guest solo on this track.

The Swedish melodic metallers are back and like a well tuned machine firing on all cylinders, Dark Hours illustrates Lion's Share have the capability required to deliver fine energetic metal. I have no doubt that we will hear many more quality releases from this band in the years to come.


Track list:
1. Judas Must Die
2. Phantom Rider
3. Demon In Your Mind
4. Heavy Cross To Bear
5. The Bottomless Pit
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Presidio 27
8. Barker Ranch
9. Napalm Nights
10. Space Scam
11. Behind The Curtain

Added: February 26th 2009
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Language: english

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