I have been looking forward to the new Lizzy Borden disc for a while. As soon as I seen some of the guest musicians giving Lizzy a hand on this disc (George Lynch, Dave Meniketti, Ira Black), I knew without a doubt I would pick this up. There hasn’t been a ton of hype about this release, so my only hope going in, is that Appointment With Death with this record is that it would surprass the last Lizzy Borden effort, Deal With The Devil.
In 2007, Lizzy Borden returns with a new band, and a brand new look that will scare your grandparents.
Appointment With Death is a concept album, but that shouldn’t scare you away. This release is pure heavy metal.
Lizzy’s voice hasn’t changed one bit. He can still hit those high pitched notes with ease. He is in fine vocal form on this record. Ira Black’s guitar work is a definite upgrade for this Lizzy Borden fan’s ears. His chugging guitar riffs combined with Marten Anderssen’s heavy bass work, and Joey Scott’s excellent skin bashing seem to compliment each other quite well.
There are two or three cuts that I couldn’t get into very much but I do have some early favorites. The title track, Appointment With Death, is a hard driving tune that I want to keep playing over and over. Live Forever is a metal beast that is forcing its way into my head whether I like it or not. I am a sucker for guitar solos, and Bloody Tears is a metal anthem that has a lot of excellent guitar work. Tomorrow Never Comes has an Iron Maiden type of guitar sound to it, and has catchy lyrics that get into your head quickly. Under Your Skin is quite possibly the most modern sounding metal track on this record. This is a good song that could have some hit potential. Somethin’s Crawlin is the perfect Halloween Anthem. This song kind of reminds me of something that Alice Cooper would do, and that is quite cool. (We Are) The Only Ones has great sing along quality and neck-snapping, head-banging quality.
Is Appointment With Death Lizzy Borden’s best work? If it isn’t, it is very close! This is the kind of disc that will take multiple listens to fully absorb and appreciate. The songs are well written, and the music is a step above any heavy metal discs that have been released recently. It is a very solid metal offering, and is one that should appeal to Lizzy fans every where. Go Get It!
2. Appointment With Death
3. Live Forever
4. Bloody Tears
5. The Death of Love
6. Tomorrow Never Comes
7. Under Your Skin
8. Perfect World (I Don’t Wanna Live)
9. Somthin’s Crawlin
10. (We Are) The Only Ones
11. Darker Side
Lizzy Borden is:
Lizzy Borden – vocals
Joey Scott – Drums
Ira Black – Guitars
Marten Anderssen – Bass
Special Guests Include:
George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain)
Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael T. Ross (Angel/Hardline)