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Kingdom Come: Outlier

I was browsing through the new releases online when I came across Outlier by Kingdom Come and thought I surely needed to take a further look. Outlier is the thirteenth studio album from Kingdom Come having existed now for over twenty years, though the band was most successful earlier in their career performing alongside some of the biggest names in rock like Van Halen and the Scorpions.

I hadn't heard Kingdom Come in so many years in fact it was the 1993 release Bad Image that was their last album which I had purchased. I really enjoyed the songs of their first four albums and never got caught up in the controversy of those Led Zeppelin comparisons that were being drawn of which some just couldn't get past.

Back to the present day and to Outlier which after sampling the impressive tune "God Does Not Sing Our Song" a song about people abusing the "name of God" to justify their actions, it totally raised my curiosity so I had no choice but to investigate further.

Kingdom Come have changed since my last taste of their material, now with a style that is more relevant to the music of today. Kingdom Come have encompassed a wider range, but the melodic side remains and the rock and blues have not been forgotten. There is no mistaking the vocals of one Lenny Wolf, and there is a component of that earlier style that I associated this band with "When Colors Break The Grey" being one such track and it's a good one. Outlier is also predominately a one man effort with the exemption being the guitar solos as Lenny handled the majority of the workload himself covering the composing, performances, production and associated duties to complete the album, and of which he has done a fine job.

Featuring a melancholic vibe "God Does Not Sing Our Song" is such a good song and unlike anything else I have heard recently in fact it's hard to recall a similar number, and this one is far removed from earlier Kingdom Come songs like "Do You Like It" or "Get It On" which impressed in a different way. That is partly what won me over hearing something different that works so well, and coupled with the variety he has achieved this is one inviting album. Also while yes it's not an overly long release but once it's over I have no hesitation replaying the tracks of Outlier. Other songs of note include "The Trap Is Alive" which brings a vibrant pulsating rocking feel to the album and "Running High Distortion" is another to top inclusion with such a captivating heavy section.

After experiencing Outlier many times now I am so glad that Lenny has kept this band going. And there is little doubt that Outlier is just the sort of album with the potential to renew other fans interest in the songs of Kingdom Come once more, 4.25 stars.

Track Listing
1) God Does Not Sing Our Song
2) Running High Distortion
3) Rough Ride Ralleye
4) Let The Silence Talk
5) Holy Curtain
6) The Trap Is Alive
7) Skip The Cover And Feel
8) Don't Want You To Wait
9) Such A Shame
10) When Colors Break The Grey

Added: June 30th 2013
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3000
Language: english

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Kingdom Come: Outlier
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2013-06-30 08:49:53
My Score:

To be honest, I always felt that Kingdom Come got kind of a bad rep back when they first hit the scene 20+ years ago. Sure, their debut had a sort of 'Led Zeppelin' flair to it, but I always felt they were far more than the Zep clones they were tagged with. Take a listen to any of their early releases, and even some of the more recent ones, and you have a solid band who know how to right catchy hard rock fare. Outlier is their latest, and again, it's an album full of enjoyable songs but with a more modern edge. Singer Lenny Wolf seems to be the only holdover from the more recent releases, and subsequently there's a certain 'solo album' feel to this one, as Wolf handles most of the instrumentation, including a tad too much programming and synths for my taste. Highlights include "Let the Silence Talk", "God Does Not Sing Our Song", and the blues-metal of "Skip the Cover and Feel". Good stuff overall, perhaps not amongst the bands best but still a solid collection of songs that shows Wolf still can deliver the goods.

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Kingdom Come: Outlier
Posted by Adam Wolnicki on 2013-05-31 05:04:14
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If you haven't heard anything like the opening track lately, you should listen to the new Threshold album.

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