Thursday, 18 June 2020
Lucifer's Friend - Mean Machine (1981)
The eight album from this German band.
The band was a quintet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
The last couple of albums had not been particular nice listening. Very cheap and nasty mix of Queen and Elton John with the worst ills of heavy metal thrown in too.
John Lawton suddenly returned to the microphone again and the vocals is at least very good on this album.
The band too has moved on from the cheap and nasty genre from the last couple of albums.
Now, we get full on heavy metal with actually some speed metal too.
I guess you now has been shocked. So was I too when I started to listen to this album.
And yes, there is one track here which is plain turkey. Then again........ most of the songs here are pretty good.
Most of Mean Machine sounds like a Dio album at their best. John Lawton has some Ronnie James Dio'ish vocals and they are very powerful.
The music here is unrepentant heavy metal but it is also pretty decent heavy metal. Metal fans would even label this as a good metal album. I am not but this album is still improvement on the previous two albums.