LI­ON­IZE

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Nu­clear Soul

THE END Clutch’s ap­pren­tices fi­nally step out of the shad­ows Though there were ben­e­fits, Li­on­ize have suf­fered a lit­tle from a close as­so­ci­a­tion with Clutch. Both bands hail from Mary­land and the last Li­on­ize al­bum was is­sued via Clutch’s WeatherMaker Music, while Clutch’s Tim Sult has ap­peared in their line-up. The sole con­nec­tion on this out­ing is that Jean-Paul Gaster han­dles the pro­duc­tion. In the past, Li­on­ize have strug­gled to find a co­he­sive sound, van­ish­ing down reg­gae cul-de-sacs, but aside from a few mel­lower mo­ments such as Ain’t It A Shame and Let You Down, this is a hard-rock­ing piledriver. The sto­ry­telling an­thems are sprin­kled with mus­cu­lar Ham­mond or­gan and in the case of Fire In Athens, un­der­lined by Thin Lizzy-es­que gui­tar melodies. Elec­tion Year welds scorch­ing so­cial com­ment to sassy, rhyth­mic power. Nu­clear Soul proves that Li­on­ize are a great band in their own right.

FOR FANS OF: Clutch, Deep Pur­ple, Mon­ster Truck

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