Lillian axe - psychoschizophrenia


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How do you get your mind right? Well, first, you have to accept one very important point – the fastest way to lose weight is by not being hungry.

Click on the Light Switch (1), click on the Drawer (2) and collect the Puzzle Piece. Use the Stone on the Mirror (3), click on the Bed (4), collect the Journal Entry and the 25 Cents (5 – #2 of 3) and then click on the Armoire (6).

However, fall 2004 brought the resignation of vocalist Ron Taylor and the introduction of new vocalist Derrick LeFevre. New Year’s Eve 2004, LeFevre was introduced to the world for his first appearance as the new Lillian Axe vocalist to massive acclaim. According to Blaze, “There are very large shoes to fill with Ron leaving the band. He is a great singer and a great performer and he will be highly missed, however, Derrick is the most incredible replacement we could have found and I am thoroughly convinced that the fans will be highly impressed. The new album will take Lillian Axe into a new chapter of the band’s history, which we feel will be the most exciting yet.” 

Greed, jealousy, revenge, obsession – the motives of America’s gas-lit murders are universal and timeless. Yet their stories are tightly bound to a particular place and time; uniquely American, uniquely 19th Century.

The members of Lillian Axe apparently conceived this album as a comment on the duality of human nature, with the first half devoted to songs about love, the second, well, you know. Unfortunately the lyrical skills of the band weren't really up to this level of subtlety, though they do have their moments. For instance, "She Likes It on Top" is not about what you think it's about, and "Ghosts of Winter" manages to carry off ideas that would have sounded overwhelmingly pretentious if not done this well. "Letters in the Rain" even manages a level of soulful wistfulness that is rare in tunes of the ear-popping variety. Still, one doesn't really listen to a Lillian Axe album for the poetry. This, the band's second album, does have loads of relatively sophisticated melodic metal guitar riffage from Stevie Blaze and some very tight ensemble work from a band that was more accomplished than most of their peers. It has dated reasonably well compared to most work by their contemporaries, though the overwrought vocals from Ron Taylor and the synthesizer washes on some of the material are definitely products of their time. Still, Lillian Axe was trying to move metal to a more interesting level at least some of the time, and it's to their credit that so much of this album is so listenable over a decade later.

Today the base sits abandoned on the remote ridge of East Mountain, with all of it’s radar towers still standing as a reminder of the post WWII escalation that almost brought the world to it’s end.  On the upside, the views are fantastic.


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