Title - 'Reptilicus Maximus'
Artist - The Lizards
The long awaited new album from Classic Rock legends The Lizards, featuring members of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Cactus and Riot, has just been released this past September 1st, 2015 on Hyperspace Records in partnership with drumming legend Carmine Appice's Rocker Records.
For those not in the know, The Lizards are drummer Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/Black Sabbath/BOC), vocalist/keyboardist Mike DiMeo (Riot/Masterplan), bassist Randy Pratt (who also plays harp with Cactus) and guitarist Patrick Klein (who recorded and mixed the album), and have released seven (7) critically acclaimed albums and three live DVDs in the past 13 years!
Their brand new album, imaginatively entitled Reptilicus Maximus features guest appearances by Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Frank Marino (Mahogany Rush) and Vinnie Moore (UFO)! And take one look at that quite breathtaking, specially created cover art as that is a true work of art right there, my friends! It was was created by longtime Lizards artist Rick Klemann and sums up what to expect musically from this latest outing perfectly.
We kick of with 'Ton On The One,' a track that pulsates off the wax right at you before you've even had a chance to settle in! 'Evil Eyes' is a lighter fair, mid-tempo rush, if you will, and is backed by 'Incurable' ("I got sick from shooting cocaine, Doctors say I'll never be well again"). Next up are the car crash flashback memories told within 'Crash,' which is followed by the whispered, hushed tones of 'Crawlin' King Snake,' and then something as far away from anything FGTH could ever muster, the gritty 'In The Pleasure Dome.'
'Wild West' is yet another thunderbolt of passionate rock 'n' roll, whilst the impressive guitar licks of 'Pray For Peace' ensure that this is one of the stand out tracks of the new album. That's followed by 'The Rat's 'N Us,' a dirty, down south approach to their usual brand of rock, the album is then brought to a close with both the telling-it-like-it-is storytelling of 'Turnin' Me Under,' and then, finally, the guitar/drum heavy 'Miracle Man.'
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