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Inglorious – Inglorious review

Released by: Frontiers Music

Release date: 19th February 2016

Genre: Classic Rock

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Lineup:

Nathan James-Vocals

Will Taylor-Guitars

Andreas Zata Eriksson-Guitars

Colin Parkinson-Bass

Phil Beaver-Drums

 

Track List:

Until I Die

Breakaway

High Flying Gypsy

Holy Water

Warning

Bleed For You

Girl Got A Gun

You’re Mine

Inglorious

Wake

Unaware

Don’t know about you, but I get a royal pain in my face hearing of new, up and coming rock bands constantly been touted as “ the saviours of rock n roll“, or terms to that effect.  All too often the statements turn out to be grossly wide of the mark, and the majority of the bands usually disappear up the arsehole of anonymity.  The latest band to be given said treatment is Inglorious, who are being called “the future of British rock“.  But when you get the likes of Queen’s Brian May weighing in and describing them as “a potent young Deep Purple“, you tend to believe that these statements may actually hold a lot of weight.

Opening track Until I Die rubber stamps that immediately.  The uncanniness to Purples’ Perfect Strangers hits you straight off with a blissful thump of Hammond.  A brutish retro licked riff bullies its way through what is a jaw dropper of an opening track.  It also introduces the bands trump card, vocalist Nathan James.  The Reading man has lent his god given talent to the likes of Uli Jon Roth and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and he makes an immediate impact on this album with an immaculate classic rock delivery.

If the predictions surrounding this band turn out to be accurate and the group are jet propelled to rock’s major league, it’s tracks like the full throttle Breakaway and the cock sure grooves of High Flying Gypsy that will help them on their way.  And Holy Water won’t do them any harm either, drenched in everything that is great about proper blues-rock; the Goliath of a chorus will stop you in your tracks at the first spin.  They have pulled out all the stops on this track, which has classic written all over it.  On Warning, you think at first they’re heading down the blues route again but in a more southern fashion.  That thought quickly evaporates as they launch into a bulldozing metal frenzy.  Packed with enough galloping fury to make Iron Maiden blush, the boys show off another string to their bow in relentless style.  Nathan James whips out his A game with some manicured yelling and the axe duo of Eriksson and Taylor completely wreck the place with serious barbarity.

Bleed For You might not be a power ballad in the traditional sense, but there’s still enough of a nostalgic nod to the greats to have you reaching for your lighter.  Girl Got A Gun doesn’t quite hit you between the eyes as much as the previous tracks; sounding a little lethargic at times, it still grinds out a filthy little riff that covers the cracks.  Although Inglorious influences are thoroughly encased in seventies and eighties rock, You’re Mine does have a modern metal vibe flowing through it, featuring some more vocal savagery from James, it’s gritty rhythm and seductive little chorus embellish this track.

You would think that a band with this quality of material embarking on a début album would take the safe option and bag themselves a road-tested producer.  Not Inglorious, having toyed with the idea of drafting in Chris Kimsey, who’s CV boasts the likes of The Who and the Rolling Stones, they took the ballsy decision to go it alone.  And the results are damn impressive.  Especially title track Inglorious, which in parts leans towards a Queen influence with its regal stomp.  An ambitious track, but it’s pulled off here with ease.

They strip down to the bare bones on Wake, a beautiful acoustic led ballad that if all things were fair would have the same impact on the airwaves that Extreme’s monster hit More Than Words had back in the day.  Closing track Unaware, leaves you in no doubt of the bands song writing prowess, a well crafted slice of melodic rock which opens with some slick smoky jazz piano just to throw you off the scent.  A majestic way to close what is simply a fine rock album, one that will take some beating from any band, including themselves.  If music of this grain is to properly return to the glory days, it’s safe to say Inglorious will be on the frontline leading the charge.

Written by: Brian Boyle

Ratings: Brian 10/10

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2 thoughts on “Inglorious – Inglorious review”

  1. I could not have said (wrote) it better myself! I give your review 10 of 10 Brian, you mega-nailed it. I have only one thing to add and that is that Inglorious will not be on the frontline leading the charge, they already are on the frontline leading the charge!

     
  2. Spot-on review. Album is great, song-writing skills are firmly rooted in the traditions of 70s old-school heavy rock. This is one of the best debut albums I’ve heard for a long time.

    Looks like Nathan James’ time spent with Uli Jon Roth on the “Scorpions Revisited” CD in 2014 – 2015 may have been pivotal to the approach taken to the recording of this album, being like-wise primarily “live-in-the-studio” with minimum overdubs and fixer-upper touches. For a band to be as tight and confident as INGLORIOUS to go for an “all live” approach to the recording boded well for the live shows and I was glad to have been able to witness this first-hand last night in the Brook in Southampton (23-Feb-2016).

    They played the whole album at the show, along with a few well executed covers from Toto, Rainbow and Deep Purple, and each song took on a whole new dimension, with the bottom end and rhythm section cutting through to leave you almost breathless. Nathan’s voice is something to behold live to let you truly appreciate the force of nature that it is, very reminiscent of Gillan and Coverdale at their respective peaks, with huge doses of Glenn Hughes thrown in for good measure and a range that leaves even them for dead. Jaw-droppingly amazing !!

    Definitely a band going stellar and on this outing, rightly so IMO. Rarely have such esoteric labels been attributed to a band so deserving. Let’s hope they make it longer-term and don’t fizzle out on the wave of mediocrity abounding with new bands, driven primarily by the raft of lesser-capable groups supposedly representing the genre. These guys are the real deal, make no mistake about it. A second album will be make-or-break for them, to give them enough of a catalogue to fill out two-hour live sets. Looking forward to it already.

     

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