The always busy George Lynch returns with another version of his long lasting act Lynch Mob, together with on again/off again vocalist Oni Logan, former Dokken bandmate Jeff Pilson, and veteran drum powerhouse Brian Tichy. Finding themselves on Frontier Records (why not?), their latest release is titled Rebel, and it's filled with the groove laden, bluesy hard rock the band have been known for now for over 20 years.
No real surprises here, but it's all very enjoyable hard rocking fare stocked with Lynch's muscular guitar work, thunderous rhythms, and perhaps Logan's best vocal performance to date. Despite the presence of Lynch, Logan is actually the star of the show here on Rebel, his commanding Ray Gillen inspired pipes soaring over groovy & bluesy heavy rock tunes like "Testify", "Automatic Fix", and especially the fierce "Kingdom of Slaves", perhaps the closest any band has sounded like Badlands since, well, Badlands. "Pinetree Avenue" boils and toils like Whitesnake at their raunchiest, while "The Hollow Queen" contains some thunderous groove from Tichy & Pilson as well as seriously menacing riffs from Lynch. The rhythmic "War" picks up the pace just a tad, with some Maiden-ish chug to go along with dark riffs, a sizzling Lynch solo, and Logan's stellar vocals.
I'm not sure if Rebel is going to convert any non-fans out there to the wonders of Lynch Mob, but it's easily their best album in many years and a potent hard rock release here in the second half of 2015.
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01. Automatic Fix
02. Between the Truth and a Lie
05. Pine Tree Avenue
06. Jelly Roll
07. Dirty Money
08. The Hollow Queen
09. The Ledge
10. Kingdom of Slaves