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The Days Before Tomorrow

Lillian Axe

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Album Review

Lillian Axe's best hopes of achieving notable commercial success (or, heck, even a modest awareness that they still exist) are likely long in the past, but that hasn't stopped the New Orleans-based hard rockers — led by virtually self-sufficient lead guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Steve Blaze — from forging stubbornly into the future. The group's 2010 LP, Deep Red Shadows, was intriguingly split into predominantly electric/acoustic halves, and impressed on both counts; its 2012 follow-up, XI: The Days Before Tomorrow, doesn't even need such gimmicks to do the same, and provides a promising introduction to new singer Brian C. Jones to boot. Stand-out melodic rockers like "Babylon," "Across the Great Divide," and "Lava on My Tongue" balance quasi-metallic power with a studiously direct songwriting touch derived from ‘80s AOR, and Blaze's tasteful acoustic guitar makes a memorable return on both "Bow Your Head" and "My Apologies." Rather more curious, the evocative piano of "Death Comes Tomorrow" brings Savatage to mind before its melody ascends in dramatic fashion à la Iron Maiden's "Dune (To Tame a Land)"; then, the descending pattern of "Gather Up the Snow" recalls Ozzy Osbourne's "S.A.T.O." — huh! Clearly, '80s metal is still an integral part of Lillian Axe's musical makeup, and it's therefore predictable that its aging consumers will be the ones to "get" what XI: The Days Before Tomorrow is all about: tradition and perseverance. Time has moved on and Blaze and co. have not moved on with it, but given where we now sit in the long arc of rock & roll history — its best days are probably in the rearview mirror anyway — one can't really blame Lillian Axe for sticking with what they know.

Customer Reviews

I love it.

I still listen to this at least twice a week. Never gets old. What a journey this record takes you on. Kudos to the Axe boys.

Amazing

Great album! Amazing new vocalist. Great job, guys.

The Impossible is Born

This is the bands 11 recording and it is a powerful performance. The bass line is solid and the new frontman can belt the songs out with the best of them. This recording will rock you and invoke emotion, making you feel the songs not just hear them. Steve is one heck of a lead. one of the best ever and "The Days Before Tomorrow" allows him to shine like few have before him.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

This melodic rock quintet, originally from Michigan, was formed by Ron Taylor (vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar), Jon Ster (guitar, keyboards), Rob Stratton (bass), and Danny King (drums). The band was taken under the wing of Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby and named Lillian Axe. Produced by Crosby, their 1988 debut was a fine amalgam of infectious rockers and hard-edged pop tunes. Love + War was even more impressive, featuring extended atmospheric compositions that were both anthemic and memorable. However,...
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