After the demise of the Christian Metal band Liberty N’ Justice, band found Justin Murr decided to carry on with the Liberty N’ Justice name. Without a band at his disposal, he has brought in countless rockers to help create the songs from Liberty N’ Justice. Light It Up, is the brand new CD that was recently released by LNJ . It is s a star studded affair, and a damn fine release at that.
Typically, I am not a big fan of compilation CD’s, but Light it Up is a well rounded affair, and sounds great all the way through.
The first time I heard the title track “Light It Up” I did a double take. I could not believe this was Phil Lewis on vocals. Lewis sings in a lower key than I am accustomed to hearing him sing in. This is a rockin’ tune, and a pretty cool way to start off this CD.
Dale and Troy Thompson from Bride blast out the tune “The Other Thief” which sounds like it could be an unreleased Black Sabbath tune.
CJ Snare and Bill Leverty take the song “Blink” and make it sound like a lost Firehouse classic. I could see Firehouse doing this song live. Great tune!
“Man vs. Mother Nature” reunites the team of Ted Poley & Vic Rivera. If you liked the Poley /Rivera album, of any Danger Danger tunes, you are going to love this awesome song. This is easily the best on Light it Up.
“Uncle Sam”, which combines the talents of Sheldon Tarsha and Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson. If you haven’t heard Tarsha sing before, you are truly missing out. I would have never thought about combing Tarsha with Pilson, but this combination works. This is another terrific tune.
“Every Reason To Believe” is an acoustic based tune which features Kelly Keeling & Kerri Kelli. I have always loved Keeling’s voice, and he delivers with this song. If “Every Reason To Believe” would have been released in the late eighties, it would have been a monster hit. I can imagine a stadium full of lit lighters (or cellphones) swaying to this excellent tune.
I must admit that haven’t listened to a ton of Harem Scarem. “Beautiful Decision” which features Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess & Pete Lesperance, is a fantastic melodic rocker that is going to have me shopping for some Harem Scarem CD’s.
If “Greed” is any example of what the new Warrant tunes will sound like, sign me up now. I have loved just about everything Robert Mason has been involved in, and I can add LNJ’s “Greed” to that list.
Overall, “Light It Up” is one of my favorite new releases of 2010. If you are looking for a CD that can offer you a lot of variety, strong writing, and great sounding songs, you don’t need to look any further than Libery N’ Justice’s Light It Up.
Rating: Out of 10
- Light It Up (Phil Lewis of LA Guns and JK Northrup)
- The Other Thief (Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride)
- Blink (Lynn Louise Lowrey of Vixen and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister)
- Do What You Believe (CJ Snare and Bill Leverty of Firehouse)
- Man vs. Mother Nature (Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Vic Rivera of Crunch)
- Treading On Serpents (Les Carlsen of Bloodgood and Oz Fox of Stryper/Bloodgood)
- Uncle Sam (Sheldon Tarsha of Tarsha/Adler’s Appetite and Jeff Pilson of Dokken/Foreigner)
- Every Reason To Believe (Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge/TSO and Kerri Kelli of Alice Cooper)
- Wrestling With God (Pete Loran, Steve Brown of TRIXTER & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of GN’R / Lita Ford)
- Best Time You Never Had (Chris Jericho (WWE Wrestler/Fozzy) and Phil Collen of Def Leppard)
- Beautiful Decision (Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance of Harem Scarem)
- Drunk Dead Gorgeous (Marq Torien of BulletBoys and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.)
- Greed (Robert Mason of Warrant/Lynch Mob and Jerry Dixon of Warrant)
- For Better Or Worse (Shawn Pelata of Line Of Fire/Waking Jonah and Stephen Chesney of Waking Jonah)