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XI: The Days Before Tomorrow

XI: The Days Before Tomorrow by Lillian Axe
Released: Jan 2012
Label: MRI
At least 24 years and as many members into its career, this Louisiana band still plays clearly enunciated, moderately lush, regally harmonized hard rock that would've passed as "smart metal" in certain circles, circa the post-glam/pre-grunge turn of the '90s. Think King's X, Saigon Kick, Enuff Z'Nuff, White Lion or early Extreme, with occasional daring looks forward to, say, Collective Soul (in "Bow Your Head") or Stone Temple Pilots (riff in "Lava on My Tongue.") Wah-wah solo here, sad hippie folkisms there, a pinch of punchy push in "Caged In" -- all very tasteful, if not super memorable.
CHUCK EDDY

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