Lillian Axe
Sad Day on Planet Earth
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: June 30th 2009

Lillian Axe is in my opinion one of the most overlooked and underrated hard rock bands out there, and their brilliant "Poetic Justice" and "Psychoschizophrenia" albums have never received the recognition I feel they deserve. I think they hit bulls-eye with those albums, and therefore it was with much anticipation I put their new album on.

But I can't say my expectations were met at all, sure they have hit the board with this one but it is surely a bit off the mark. Gone is some of the energy and intensity and we are left with a rather pale version of old times. The signatures and trades are very much still present but the magic has been lost somewhere down the road.

Songwriter Steve Blaze has created better material in the past, and the real highlights are too few and far between on "Sad Day on Planet Earth" for me to fully support their own words: "Lillian Axe is back and the girl has an axe to grind...". For that they need to grind out a higher level of songs and write more catchy rock tunes like they did earlier on in their career. Still a solid release that surely brings back a lot of good memories but it never fully lives up to the potential I know they have.


01. Cocoon
02. Megaslowfade
03. Jesus Wept
04. Ignite
05. The Grand Scale of Finality
06. Sad Day on Planet Earth
07. Hibernate
08. Within Your Reach
09. Down Below the Ocean
10. Blood Raining Down on Her Wings
11. Cold Day in Hell
12. Nocturnal Symphony
13. Divine
14. Kill Me Again
15. Fire, Blood, the Earth and Sea

Label: Blistering Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: June 28th 2009