Today’s spotlight is bassist extraordinaire Marten Anderson of Steel Heart , formally of Lizzy Borden , Lynch Mob and Dario Lorina ( BLS ) He is also co-founder of From Classical To Rock .
One of the best albums of 2018 in all genres but a pure win for the hard rock / heavy metal category!
Hollywood , California – I eagerly awaited a new release from Lizzy Borden for along time .I have been a fan since I was fifteen and have seen them several times in concert .I have even become friends with members of the band and have hung out with Lizzy on a few occasions himself . When I was offered an advance of Lizzy Borden’s newest release ” My Midnight Things ” and jumped at the chance to get my hands on a copy. I put the disk in and waited for the magic to happen and then some horrible happened .No the disk did not skip and I didn’t get an error code, I hated it .That’s right as I listened and skipped over the songs I hated all of them. I think to myself what happened to Lizzy , how could he get it so wrong and guess what I found out . He didn’t get it wrong, I did ! I was looking at it from the viewpoint of a fifteen year kid in 1987, not as an artist that has grown and matured his songwriting for 30 plus years. I waited a day , put it back in and honestly have listened to it well over 100 times in the last two weeks .The album plays on dreams , life , death , hope , love and age. This truly speaks volumes and touches on themes that affect all of us .
The album starts with ” My Midnight Things ” a phrase that will be used thru out the album and will continue with nine more songs. One of my favorite songs is ” Long May They Haunt Us ” a track about situations and people in lives gone but still with us .
” The Scar Across My Heart ” is about love and all that goes with it .The chorus is profound with a great melody. ” A Stranger To Love ” is about those of us with walls up, and look out when loves come ,to quote Lizzy ” Everyone Burn It Down ”
” The Perfect Poison” starts chilling and foreboding about how love can the one poison that can affect us . Nice clean guitar work on the start of the verses . Joey Scott does a great job on creative drumming thou out the album.
” Run Away With Me ” is about taking off with person you love and forgetting life worries and the hopes and dreams that go with it . A lot different from his days of ” Give Em’ The Axe ” but damn Lizzy can still rock ! I love the solo in the bridge is heart wrenching.
” Our Love Is God ” can be interpreted in many ways , I choose to think its Gods Love and who could not use more of Gods Love in their life . Heck even Blackie Lawless is now a devout Christian.
” My Midnight Things ( Reprise )” is an even more chilling version of the song and them . The tone of ” Your Not Alone ” line in the song is spine tingling.
” We Belong To The Shadows” is one rocking song with a great anthemic chorus and theme . Duel guitars in the lead up to the bridge is a nice touch .
The album is available June 15th on Metal Blade records ( and I am sure on all streaming services as well and I rate is a solid 5 out of 5 stars. To learn more about Lizzy Borden please see of the official website at http://www.lizzyborden.com/
One of the best metal acts to come out of the 1980’s returns to prove why he is one of the best !