Brilliant, Awesome, Classic,
Magnificent, Pure Heavy Metal, are all words to describe the new Lion’s Share
album Dark Hours, their 6th studio album & second with one of today’s
best Metal singers, in Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors, Wuthering Heights).
The man is the evil spawn of Ronnie James Dio but he does have a very
distinctive voice and one you can’t mistake for anybody else, well expect for
DIO, in parts. Lars Chriss is the only founding member left of Lion’s Share &
the man knows how to write some killer riffs and shred his ass off.
The album kicks off with “Judas
Must Die” which is a fast, neck breaking monster of a song. I guarantee your
head will nod with this song. And also the first video clip off Dark Hours,
which is included on the digipack. “Phantom Rider” starts off with a nice little
20 second piano interlude before Lars rips open with a killer solo and double
bass kick drums smash your head in. “Heavy Cross To Bear” is real dark & doomy
which is not a bad thing and reminds me a lot of the Black Sabbath-TYR album.
Really there is no need to go through each track on Dark Hours. Because there is
no fillers, just ass kicking traditional heavy metal. Played with passion and
spirit. The listener gets 45 minutes of pure evil enjoyment. There’s a guest
appearance by Symphony X guitarist Mike Romeo (solo on “Behind the Curtain”).
Dark Hours is a very dark album
and it just gets darker as its goes along. Every metal head alive should have
this album in their collection. And maybe some of the so called top bands in
metal today should take a listen to see how real fucking heavy metal should
Highly Highly Recommended.