Power of Metal.dk Review

Kingdom Come
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 29 April, 2013
Playing time: 40:36

Lenny Wolf is almost synonymous with the band Kingdom Come today. Lenny is the only remaining original member and he is the natural front man and vocalist. Kingdom Come is releasing their new album "Outlier" and it's their 14th album since the debut disc in 1988. Kingdom Come was at the beginning of their career accused of being a Led Zeppelin copy, which mostly was due to Wolf's Robert Plant-inspired songs. Lenny writes all of the band's songs that have fluctuated from strong blues riff heavy rock to more introverted grunge rock.

"Outlier" is another epic album with a interesting mix of songs between heavy electro-industrial rock like in 'Rough Ride Rallye' and melodic rock tunes like in the great opening song 'God Does Not Sing Our Song' and the heavier metal track 'Running High Distortion'. Lenny's voice isn't that alert and clear in the tones anymore like in the glory days in the 80's. The guitars aren't as stiff and hard either, if I compare it with the self titled debut album. Songs like 'Living Out of Touch', 'Get It On' and 'Do I Like It' from the debut album and 'In Your Face' the year after are some true rock n' roll gems. On this album I don't hear any hit songs. No, this is a mature musical journey somehow. Strong lyrics and well written adult songs throughout the entire album. 

Lenny's epic, high vocals fits better to the slower songs like 'Holy Curtain' and the nice ballad 'Don't Want You To Wait'. The best song in my view is the bluesy track 'Skip the Cover and Feel'. Another top track on the list is the classic rock song 'The Trap Is Alive' with bounce and joie de vivre. 'Such A Shame' is maybe the song, which is closest to the Led sound and is also one of the best songs on the disc. The closing track 'When Colors Break the Grey' is solid rock song without any technical frills or so, but with strong riffs, big vocals and nice harmonies that makes this track better with each spin.

'Outlier' is not far from the Zeppelin similar sound from the elder, more easy digestible discs, but is an album, which demands a wide musical taste. I'm not sure what musical base they are prioritizing. Hard rockers mightl find it too melancholic and the melancholic rockers maybe find it too light and shiny. I found a heap of songs that made me happy anyway. Lenny's voice is still similar to Robert Plant's and the sound is special and unique.

Not the hottest release this year, but if you is a fan of Kingdom Come and Lenny Wolf's voice, you will probably find it tasteful.

Kingdom Come Line-up:
Lenny Wolf - Vocals and rhythm guitar
Eric Foerster - Lead guitar
Frank Binke - Bass
Nader Rahy - Drums

01. God Does Not Sing Our Song
Running High Distortion
Rough Ride Rallye
Let the Silence Talk
Holy Curtain
The Trap Is Alive
Skip the Cover and Feel
Don't Want You To Wait
Such A Shame
When Colors Break the Grey
Label: Steamhammer/SPV
Distribution: Playground Music (Scandinavia)
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 21 April, 2013
Website: www.lennywolf.com