Review: LIZZY BORDEN Master Of Disguise (Metal Blade)
Even back in 1989 when I would see advertisements for Lizzy Borden records in the rock press I always thought that the band looked a little rubbish, not only a sub Twisted Sister but a bargain bucket version of the likes of Crimson Glory. On the evidence from what I have heard in Master Of Disguise I have to change that initial opinion. I had heard an earlier track from ‘86 which lived up to my original opinions but I must admit this album is pretty damn sweet.
Where the band exceed and why Master Of Disguise is included in this run down of the best records of 1989 is it’s straight rocking songs. That’s not to say that there is nothing fancy on it, the technical guitar playing skill is quite brilliant, the solo on Sins Of The Flesh for instance gives Eddie Van Halen a run for his money. That backed with its early Motley Crue riff attack makes me realise I should have thought a little higher of the band when the record was initially released. Elsewhere Tracks such of Roll Over And Play Dead and Love Is A Crime remind me of Fastway at their very best. It’s great stuff.
According to the personal reviews listed on Amazon this record is seen by fans as the first proper solo effort my front man Lizzy but its not labelled as such and there is a real lack of information out there both in print and on the web, yet I would recommend it to those that feel they’re missing the final link in the 80’s rock chain. Lizzy Borden are well worth the investigation.
~ by wallernotweller on October 26, 2010.