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Kingdom Come Perpetual Frontiers Records
FRCD206
· Produced By: Lenny Wolf

· Running Time: 59.51

· Release Date: August 30

· Released: EU

· Musical Style: Hard Rock

· Links: Frontiers
80%
Songs: 70%
Sound: 90%
I am a fan of Lenny Wolf who has mixed feelings towards his releases. I really like his vocals, I respect his musical talents and I own several Kingdom Come albums. But when it comes to the pace of his songs in recent years, I remain frustrated at his inability to move out of first gear.
I have given average ratings to the last two Kingdom Come albums, but I am happy to report that this is a stronger album overall and definitely one of his better all-round efforts.
But that tempo problem… It seems that everything Lenny's writes is of the one tempo. Every single song is a slow or plodding mid-tempo pace, regardless of whether it's a heavy rocker, a ballad or otherwise.
And once again, every track on Perpetual is the same frustrating tempo. As a plus though, we have some very well written lyrics and a few memorable melodies to carry us through.
I should highlight the very personal nature of this record. It's a somewhat haunting and emotional collection of songs, combined with some of his best and most expressive vocals to date.
The album's production is also very good. Lenny plays everything on this album with the exception of guitar solos, which are credited to Eric Foerster. The mix is even, the sound is clear and the tone excellent.
But an album of 11 songs over 60 minutes with the same pace throughout gives cause for the listeners mind to wander halfway through.
Gotta Move Now and Hang 'em High kick off the album – you guessed it – as plodding, but heavy mid-tempo rockers. But both songs feature strong vocals and an emotive delivery.
Crown of Moscow is a slightly softer track, with a more emotional and melodic chorus and a strong sentimental feel. The guitars remain impactful and give the song added power.
Time to Realign is much the same vein as the opening two tracks. A hard hitting rocker with a dark vibe.
Silhouette Paintings is another haunting and personal track, much like Crown of Moscow, with the song kicking into gear mid-track.
With The Sun In Mind is another mid-tempo guitar fest. This is where my attention begins to slip.
King of Nothing is a very slow track, and at 6 minutes in length sometimes feels like double that. But the musical foundation of the song and the added effects do provide for an unusual and interesting atmosphere.
Borrowed Time is another mid-tempo rocker. Nothing here that grabs me. Same with Connecting Pain. For me the better tracks are stacked towards the start of the album and these tracks just repeat what has already been delivered.
Inhaling the Silence is an acoustic track with an orchestral feel. Despite being an acoustic based track, the slow/mid-tempo feel remains. The track has some interesting musical layers, but the last half of the album is just far too slow.
The Bottom Line
Lenny's a talented guy and this Kingdom Come album stands above most recent releases and will certainly rate pretty highly with long time fans.
But if Lenny is going to kick everyone's ass and re-introduce himself to a wider audience again, he is going to have to vary the delivery of his passionate material. A strong heavy rock album, albeit one with a set standard pace throughout.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Kingdom Come
· In Your Face
· Hands Of Time
· Bad Image
· Twilight Cruiser
· Live & Unplugged
· Master Seven
· Balladesque
· Too
· Independent
· Perpetual

Line Up
· Lenny Wolf: Vocals, All Instruments
· Eric Foerster: Guitar Solos

Essential for fans of:
· Lenny Wolf
· Kindom Come - Independant
Track Listing
· Gotta Move Now*
· Hang 'Em High
· Crown Of Moscow*
· Time To Realign
· Silhouette Paintings*
· With The Sun In Mind
· King Of Nothing
· Borrowed Time
· Connecting Pain
· Watch The Dragon Fly
· Inhaling The Silence
--*Best Tracks


25/01/05: Gary - garyduke AT idirect DOT com
Rating: 9
OK, Lenny's music is a lot about personal reflection, melancholy, feeling out-of-touch with the world, etc.. Why is he supposed to play fast tunes to satisfy? It's not the kind of poetic vibe he's going for on this record. "Perpetual", is like ART. Like a stream of consciousness. A window into Lenny's soul and feelings. Take the song, Should I, from hands of time. I think that is perhaps the best KC song ever. Lush, reflective, not-so-sure, yet somehow resolute. Amazing. In short, we should be grateful Lenny is not just churning out early KC records and not growing as a songwriter and composer. I would be just as ecstatic if he came out with an all-orchestral CD, with no drums, guitars or synths at all; as long as his expressive voice is there throughout it will still be a warm ray of sun cutting through this smoggy and crazy world. I think it's funny that "With the sun in mind" is where the reviewer loses touch with the album. That is a song that I can't get out of my head. Just relax, loose yourself in the vibe. It's wonderful.

G

16/09/04: John Ferguson - jonferg@nortelnetworks.com
Rating: 55
Although musically good, this is a rather depressing album to listen to as the dark, oppressive tones are a long way removed from the cracking hard rock of "In Your Face."

09/09/04: Aad - kingdom.come@hetnet.nl
Rating: 78
Like allways dying to hear Lenny's new album.
Always expecting other riffs and tunes than given.
So, instead of banging my head against the wall with every new song, I listen the new cd with hand under my chin.
And rimples on my forehead.
I'm not having any "Get it on's" yet, but like allways,
have to hear the songs more times, to finally really get it!
Lenny takes me thrue different emotions, sad, happy, darkness..
I like the way he builds up a song, from slow to mindblasting.
Maybe not all songs my style, but musically this is a great cd.
I like the lyrics, but get lost in some of them.
To deep for a simple rocking soul like me ;-)
No favorite songs yet, they will have to grow on me.
Maybe in two months I will rate this cd 100%!
For KC fans and melodic lovers musthave
Well done Lenny!!

28/08/04: WardyS3 - micktward@ozemail.com.au
Rating: 80
Remember Kingdom Come? Their debut managed good sales but received scathing comparisons to Led Zeppelin. Their follow up ‘In your face’ was exactly that, sticking it fair up those who dared to suggest KC were clones, and anything other than class.

‘In your face’ – don’t own it? Any melodicrocker should!

Many lost interest with follow up ‘Hands of Time’, but for those like me that regard that album as one of rocks most underrated, will be pleased that Lenny has finally returned with an album that stands well above the more recent efforts from KC, and rekindles the flame that burnt during the ‘Hands of Time’ era. ‘Perpetual’ sees the Wolf back. Kingdom Come has returned. That’s not to say recent albums were miserable, far from it. ‘Perpetual’ just has that little magic I found lacking during recent years!?

Before I delve into this gloriously thumping album (like that?), I must warn you that the music is still on the slow side, there’s no speedsters or Stargazers and there’s still a hint of current trend, i.e.; the odd bleep and effect running through the album, most notable in lead track ‘Gotta move now’. As far as the pacing goes, it comes as a bit of a disappointment that yet again Lenny chooses to deliver a mid paced album that doesn’t break free of that one speed, but regardless of this the album is indeed a fine listen. To these ears my opinion is that this album runs rings around the recent KC catalogue for the simple reason that the songs are better.

In a nutshell, track by track, Gotta move now is a good intro to the album and the first thing you notice is the wonderful fat bottom end the production has, which without I think the album in its entirety would suffer. Hang em high was the first track that I found myself banging the head to (as did my wife, NOT a good look at my age!), and without wanting to jump of the band wagon of comparisons but forgive me for doing so anyway, I had visions of early Black Sabbath thundering the live stage. Dunno, it’s probably just me!?

Crown of Moscow is the first ballad, less impact due to it not having the complete chorus I was expecting from such a great intro and verse, but very good listen and a grower all the same, particularly I’ve had time for the album to grow. ‘Time to realign’ is a highlight. Again that bottom end is obvious, the song starting and continuing with a big bass groove. This truly is a classic song and pretty much conditions you for the remainder of the album.

In fact there’s really no point going through each track, Andrew will no doubt add his appropriate comments regarding the individual songs, so I might just add that it is worth mentioning ‘King of Nothing’, which is another ballad but a masterpiece reminiscent of ‘Hands of Time’, and toward the close of the album both ‘Watch the dragon fly’ and ‘Inhaling the silence’ are worthy not only of mention, but of adding to your list of ‘Kingdom Come favourite tracks’. Surely we’ve all got one of those yes?

Overall I recommend ‘Perpetual’ to any fan of KC, and anyone who might be interested in Wolf and his KC who doesn’t want to return to the glory years of the debut or ‘In your face’. A big fat album that really took me by surprise, considering it doesn’t elevate itself above those earlier albums already mentioned, but does demands repeated listens, the kind of album that you can’t put away. A car album to be played loud and proud!

Agree with Andrew's mark here, although it appears I might favour this one a bit more than Andrew, but maybe I'm just a little harsh with my scoring, dunno, but 80% seems fair!


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