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4.0 out of 5 stars When did Steve Grimmett join Whitesnake?,
This review is from: Lionsheart (Audio CD)I don't know what's more unlikely - the idea of a melodic rock band starting out once grunge was in full sway, or that it would be fronted by the guy famous (infamous?) for belting out metal classics like "See You in Hell" and "Rock You To Hell". Either way, that's what Steve Grimmett and Lionsheart did in 1993 with their self-titled debut, and by God they did it with style.
If you're familiar with Steve Grimmett from Grim Reaper or Onslaught, you know he has both power and versatility, both of which serve him well on this album. Lionsheart's sound is very similar to 1987-era Whitesnake and Blue Murder in that it's very polished, very melodic, and still fairly bluesy and hard-edged. There are also traces of Hurricane, Winger (circa Pull) and even Dio (see the very Mob Rules-sounding "Living in a Fantasy"). Grimmett sounds amazing here, showing more soul and emotion than I've ever heard from him previously. Between his vocals and the amazing melodies and first rate guitar work, Lionsheart is just a first class melodic rock album all around. Too bad no one (outside of Japan, at least) was buying this kind of music in 1993.
The Lionsheart debut is an album that should please just about any fan of melodic hard rock. Unfortunately, it's out of print, and pretty tough to track down. Hopefully some enterprising reissue label will do us a favor and remaster this album and the band's 1994 follow-up Pride in Tact some day.
1. Had Enough
2. World of Pain
3. Ready or Not
4. So Cold
5. Can't Believe
7. Living in a Fantasy
9. All I Need
10. Have Mercy
11. Going Down
12. Good Enough
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Grimmett's other band,
This review is from: Lionsheart (Audio CD)In the early-mid '90s melodic rock was not the music most people would have chosen play when starting a new band. That, however, did not stop English band Lionsheart from making two pretty solid melodic rock albums in 1992 and 1994.
As you could tell from other reviewer's comments about this album, it tends to sound more than a lot like Whitesnake in certain places. Not that it's a bad thing or anything, it's just pretty noticable. Steve Grimmett is well known for his powerhouse metal vocals, fronting a bad called Grim Reaper, you better be able to belt it out. However, this is not a Grim Reaper rip off band. Lionsheart is a very cool melodic rock record that sounds more at home in the late 80's than the mid-90's. My favorite tracks from this album are "Can't Believe," "Had Enough" and "Portrait."
If you enjoy melodic rock with soaring vocals, this album is definitely for you. Everyone else should check this out as well, it's got a lot to offer any fan of the genre.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great hard rock,
This review is from: Lionsheart (Audio CD)First thing I thought of listening to this was Whitesnake and wondered if others thought the same, then I come here and it's confirmed LOL
Steve's pipes fit well with the hard rockin' band with some seriously competent guitar playing. Guitar sounds nice and meaty with just the right amount of flash. Certainly a departure from Grim Reaper, but if you like hard rock, this is a must have.
youtube the "Can't Believe" video and get ready to ROCK!
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