I have been waiting forever for another good Kingdom Come album. Since 1989 to be exact. The last Kingdom Come album I enjoyed was In Your Face with the classic lineup of Wolf, James Kottak, Rick Steier, Danny Stag, and Johnny Frank. It seems like ever since that album, Lenny Wolf has turned Kingdom Come into his own personal solo project, desperately trying to distance the pseudo band’s sound from the Led Zeppelin like tunes of the band’s past.
When I saw the new Kingdom Come video “So Unreal” in December, I thought Lenny might be returning to the band to its roots. If this were truly the case, I would be completely overjoyed. Unfortunately, Magnified is more of the same from Lenny Wolf & friends.
The opening song, “Living Dynamite” left me scratching my head. This is a hard rock/alternative hybrid with odd effects thrown in. I wanted to like this song, but it just does not grow on me after repeat plays.
Luckily, “No Murderer I Kiss” is much better. This song has a cool riff that almost takes Kingdom Come into Black Sabbath territory. Not a bad song, but not what I expected either.
“24 Hours” is more of a modern rock effort, that is pretty hard to describe. This mid tempo number isn’t hard rock, and it isn’t pop. I could almost hear this song being played on a lite rock station. It isn’t a bad song, but it is a little on the boring side to me.
“So Unreal” is the closest thing to Kingdom Come’s original sound. I liked this song the first time I heard it. Unfortunately, this is the only song in this style on Magnified.
“Hey Mama” is another rocker that I could salvage off Magnified. This heavy tune has some definite replay value, and could find its way to radio in some markets.
Call me shallow if you will, but I thought the songs on this CD just didn’t rock very much, and were a little too overproduced. It is certainly an interesting listen, but overall, I just won’t get a lot of replay out of Magnified.
You can preview the songs from Magnified at this link. Tread at your own risk.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Living Dynamite
02. No Murderer I Kiss
03. 24 Hours
04. So Unreal
05. When I Was
06. Over You
07. Sweet Killing
08. Unwritten Language
09. Hey Mama
10. The Machine Inside
11. Feeding The Flame
Kingdom Come is:
Lenny Wolf – Vocals
Hendrik Thiesbrummel – Drums & Percussion
Eric Foerster – Lead Guitar
Frank Binke – Bass