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Album Review

Lions' full-length debut album, No Generation, was released hot on the heels of their promising 2006 EP, Volume One, and a series of barnstorming performances at the Austin, Texas-based group's hometown SXSW Festival, which tempted many a record label to sign them right on the spot. Alas, in the end, no forthcoming offer was to their liking, and so the bandmembers took it upon themselves yet again to record and release their own music, once they'd amassed enough new examples of their idiosyncratic post-stoner rock. But it's an auspiciously patient beginning, not an explosive one at that, set into motion by the slow-burning "Start Movin'," and it's not until the much more dynamic, organ-enhanced title track locks into gear that Lions' more familiarly insistent, driving tempos are reestablished, completed by fluid lead guitars and Matt Drenick's conspiratorial half-whisper. Though it is only visited again by the excellent "Machine," it's this template that really showcases the group at its most inspired, unique best; attempts to branch out into sharper riffing punctuations on "Can You Hear Me?" and "All Hail" fly a little too close to Fu Manchu, and the softer attack wed to devious melodies heard on "She Gets Around" points to Queens of the Stone Age instead. There's also the stilted psychedelic wash of "White Angel," which curiously offers an unusually short acid trip and puts forth another interesting quality about Lions: their doggedness about keeping most every song short and to the point, within the hallowed three-minute range for maximum impact. Closing epic "Get Out Alive" is the lone exception, but makes up for it by fusing what feels like three songs into one, and abruptly moving from acoustic gentility to power chords. For all its many positive attributes, though, No Generation unfortunately lacks some of its predecessors' excitement and urgency, leaving listeners already aware of the band's potential hungering for more.

Customer Reviews

Great New Band!!!

What happened to the album cover? I swear, like a month ago, it was all different. Well, the point is, this a great new band of rising stars. As of now, not many people no who they are, (even though that's partially because they don't play mainstream)but in 5 years, I can bet that they'll become the next big thing. I have high hopes for Lions.

This Band Is The Real Deal

I get paid to write music reviews/articles for a living, and I rarely come across bands as original and talented (and balls-out rocking!) as Lions. I've seen 'em live, they absolutely kill it, and the song "No Generation" is at least on par with any rock tune being played on mainstream radio. Try to see these guys live before they're headlining huge venues and charging $60 a ticket. Case in point: the TV series "Sons of Anarchy" is using some of their music in upcoming episodes, the song "Metal Heavy Lady" is in Guitar Hero 3, and Ladera Skateboards is putting "No Generation" in the film "Let it Ride".


After watching season 2 of Sons of Anarchy and hearing this band i was hooked.The Lions are going to be big!


Formed: August, 2005 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

A hard rock band from Austin, TX, Lions were born when vocalist/guitarist Matt Drenik and drummer Jake Perlman's previous band, the Good Looks, fell apart mid-tour in the summer of 2005. After hooking up with second guitarist/backup vocalist Austin Calman and bassist Trevor Sutcliffe, Lions gained quick notoriety for their chaotic, high-energy live shows and fuzzed-out, groove-oriented songwriting, then...
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Oct 28, 2008
  • Parental Advisory

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