Lynch Mob – Smoke And Mirrors (Frontiers/Riot)

Like a Stepford Wife, this album looks the part and, acts the part, but it lacks a soul.
Release Date: 
18 Sep 2009 (All day)

It’s been 17 years between albums for original Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan and guitarist George Lynch, and sadly I’m not sure it was worth the wait.  Not that there is anything wrong with this album, far from it in fact. With a rhythm section of Marco Mendoza on bass who has played with Blue Murder and Ted Nugent and drummer Scott Coogan who was with Brides of Destruction there’s certainly plenty of credentials in this band and plenty of chops it’s just… well… something is missing.  And it took me a little while to work it out, but what’s missing is the fun

The songs for the most are good, not instant grab-you-by-the-balls-and-make-you-howl-“hell yeah!” good, but it's still good stuff. The title track kicks arse, 21st Century Man is a great opener (complete with a little Phil Lynott tribute thrown in), My Kind Of Healer rocks out with a seriously southern boogie riff, Madly Backwards is great despite itself. But then songs like Where Do You Sleep At Night, with its attempts at political rhetoric just plain bomb.

I won’t even bother with the (bonus) track Mansions In The Sky. And Let The Music Be Your Master has stolen its whole rhythm section from Ted Nugent’s Strangehold and done a piss poor job at it as well.  Then there’s the Iron Maiden Lite factor of Time Keepers and We Will Remain. One listen and you find yourself wanting to throw on the real thing instead. 

There’s no doubt George Lynch is a magnificent rock guitarist and fans of the riff will be in a blissful state of euphoria, but this is what I would call a technically proficient album; which is all well and good fellas, but where’s the fun? Where’s the enjoyment? It sounds too much like work here, like we have a group of musicians who are doing their job but not necessarily enjoying it.

The good songs are good, the musicianship can’t be doubted, Lynch fans get their slice of guitar work so they’ll be happy, but I can’t really see anyone else caring at all. It’s too much like work, and good music is supposed to take us away from all that.  Smoke And Mirrors doesn’t do that often enough.

Lynch Mob's Smoke and Mirrors is out on 18 September on Frontiers/Riot.