LIONHEART - LOVE DON'T LIVE HERE
(BDHW Records – Gordeon Music Promotion)
Review by Sloof
The band members of Lionheart found their own label LHHC Records as there are too much fuckers on this world that they consider as washed up try-hards, sketchy promotors, fake-ass managers, dick riding bands and no-talent industry scum that is trying to make a dollar that isn’t theirs to make. To get the material to their Asian and European fans, they needed a little help from BDHW Records, so from January 22nd. 2016 on, you can consider this as a worldwide release. ‘This new album represents everything we ever wanted to do with our music,’ says vocalist Rob Watson. ‘It’s heavy, it’s pissed, it’s original, and it’s honest, something that is missing in a lot of music nowadays.’ Who am I to say things otherwise or contrary. What Rob states reveals at the same time a lot of the dedication that the members of Lionheart put into their songs. The new album radiates their messages, the new material on ‘Love Don’t Live Here’ are quotes from everyday life, from issues that everyone on the street has to deal with and all this displeasure and dissatisfaction is melting together with 11 songs straight from the (Lion)heart.
The album starts with the rocket ‘Pain’ that has an average pace but with vocals like a hurricane. When you work three jobs just to pay the rent, pain is the crack in your heart from all the love lost, are the main topics in this song and is only a beginning of what’s to come. Ravenous drums by Jay, powerful and gesticulating vocals by Rob and an extremely dangerous back section to get the things on the right track. The new Lionheart opens with a wonderful song, but this is only a preview of other goodies to come. The band is playing at top level and can be considered as one of the best hardcore bands in activity! That expresses in songs like ‘Bury Me’, ‘New Enemies’ and ‘Dead Wrong’ (awesome lyrics, featuring Richard Mathews), just to name a few. It took 4 years to get the new material on a disc, but all frustrations and all the passion is still alive and kicking. It’s a vivid way of saying ‘fuck you’ to society and all this anger tastes fantastic.
The album was engineered by Cody Fuentes at Rapture Recording Studio, California, and he succeeded in creating many layers in the songs, which is essential to hear this material at full power. The sound is open and direct, but at the same time utterly powerful and aggressive! If you compare this material with their previous albums (‘The Will To Survive’ – 2007, ‘Built On Struggle’ – 2011, ‘Undisputed’ – 2012), we can easily say that the new material evolved in maturity. The songs have a ‘lesser is more’ approach and that pays off in the end. A direct sound with lyrics that are understandable gives you a comfort zone to enjoy this product at full intensity. I’m also charmed with the guitar sound and enthusiasm that is added to the songs as Cam and Nick deliver the goods with a lot of passion and virtuosity.
This metallic hardcore is only attainable if you live on the streets, if you dwell the earth constantly with intensive touring and playing gigs in front of adepts. When you listen to the title track, it has a very emotional touch, although the song is a brutal slap in the face. It’s emotionally touching as the vocals of Rob contain so much passion and disappointment at the same time. Fans of Madball, Terror, Hatebreed, you have only one mission now and that’s get your copy to start 2016 with a bang! https://www.facebook.com/lionheartca/
My rating: 88 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish