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Inglorious: II
Inglorious II CD Album Review

Inglorious: II

Melodic Hard Rock
4.5/5.0

A short 14 months from the release of their debut album, one that got high praise, England's Inglorious returns with their second effort, unremarkably titled II. Once more produced by the band, founder and vocalist Nathan James insisted on recording their music in the organic old school way by tracking the songs live with everybody playing in the same room. Additionally, the recording was done without click tracks, auto tune, or overdubs. (These guys would never make it in Nashville.) The result is another warm, yet vibrant, album of classic hard rock.

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Inglorious

That's to say Inglorious draws deep from classic rock's roots, notably from the Seventies. They cite Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, among others as significant influences. And James himself has called David Coverdale a vocal influence. Indeed, in their music you can hear a strong blues vibe surging, whether by the guitar lines, the thick and sturdy rhythm section, or James' voice. While he sings clean, melodic, and strong, he can best be described as having a fierce passion to his vocal style.

The same might be said for the songs. Maybe switch out fierce for raging passion. Through this album, you can tell that these musicians play with some fire in their bellies. Songs like Hell Of High Water, No Good For You, I Got A Feeling, and the race horse Taking The Blame thunder with rhythm and groove. Then the lightning comes from lead guitarist Andreas Eriksson fiery leads. But it's not all bracing rockers. Songs like Change Is Coming, Faraway, and Making Me Pay dial things back some. They churn and swell with slow burning blues groove. In the latter song, James delivers with soulful emotion. Good stuff.

Needless to say, Inglorious' second album lives up to expectations. Classic hard rock never goes out of style. It merely resurfaces with enthusiasm and vigor, especially when in the right hands. Inglorious are the right hands and II is another exceptional album of blues infused classic hard rock. Get it.



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The Bottom Line

Inglorious' second album lives up to expectations. Classic hard rock never goes out of style. It merely resurfaces with enthusiasm and vigor, especially when in the right hands. Inglorious are the right hands and II is another exceptional album of blues infused classic hard rock. Get it.

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