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“Master Of Disguise” (Special Edition) by Lizzy Borden

Artist: Lizzy Borden
Title: “Master Of Disguise” (Special Edition)
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Rating: 4/5

In 1989 the band Lizzy Borden would release “Master Of Disguise”, quite possibly the best recording of their career. It was an album loaded with anthems from a band that had more a cult level following than anything but above it all the quality of the music and song writing on this release rose far above the number of their devout following. The Special Edition comes to us as part of Metal Blade’s 25th Anniversary where as part of the celebration certain pivotal albums from the labels history have been re-issued. This remaster includes the original album plus two bonus tracks and a DVD that focuses on “The Making Of MOD”. As a band, Lizzy was one that was a powerful Metal unit but they also had shock-laced showmanship that when the two were tied together the audience would get tasty riffs and awesome tunes. As an album, this has an incredible level of appeal to it from the very beginning. It’s not a concept yet it seems to be tied across a similar theme with many of the tunes working well in the sequence they play. The title track “Master Of Disguise” has an almost regal quality to it when the chorus hits and when you hear “Phantoms” you will wonder how this particular track didn’t gain a larger level of radio play at the time of the initial release. In my opinion this song stood as strong as anything that was coming out of Hollywood and selling in the millions.
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“If It Ain’t Broke, Break It” by Starwood

Artist: Starwood
Title: “If It Ain’t Broke, Break It!”
Label: Metal Blade Records
Release Date: 5/2004
Genre: Rock And Roll
Rating: 8/10

Solid rock and roll is what I found on this release pure and simple. I think it is great to find this to be the case every once in a while and seeing how rock and metal have so much against them these days it’s good to see a record like this come around. Oddly enough this one seems to be fronted by a member of a once very popular heavy metal act though none of the press releases seem to bring it up. The lead singer is named Lizzy and as I listened to him sing, I said “hey that’s Lizzy Borden!!.”. This was a band that had more of a cult following than legions and I liked several of their releases especially “Master Of Disguise”. With this new release, Lizzie is clearly taking a very different approach and while that can be risky to some I admit the end result is quite good. Instead of metal, this piece is more along the lines of the straight ahead rock and roll normally given to you by Hanoi Rocks or old L.A. Guns. It is quite the turn for someone who was so entrenched in the metal style.
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