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19 May 2014 - 08:59:55 pm

LOUD LION - Die Tough (2014)

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Several years back LOUD LION created a huge buzz in the Melodic Rock world with a bunch of original songs recorded †in the Def Leppard Hysteria-era soundwise. There was some mystery about the band line up with rumours of well known names in business involved.
Some of these tracks were used in a couple of movie soundtracks, and a full album in the making promised. But it never happened... until now, because the guys re-recorded the entire material plus new songs and today, May 19, are being released on CD by MelodicRock.com Records under the title "Die Tough".

Loud Lion is the brain child of L.A. songwriter, session musician and producer Bleu McAuley who put together the project to pay homage to Mutt Lange and Def Leppard. Even the band's name is a tribute to Def Leppard.†

The album includes 9 original songs 'in the style of' classic Def Leppard and features Bleu along with Taylor Locke (Bleu's co-creator &amp; main partner in Loud Lion, most widely known as the lead guitarist for Rooney), Adam Ross (Rihanna's touring guitarist), Allison Robertson (The Donnas lead guitarist), Maclaine Diemer (Bang Camaro, on keyboards, guitar), John Fields (uber producer), Dylan Halacy (Bang Camaro, on drums) and other contributors.

Mind you, Bleu isn't even trying to sell this as anything else but a homage to Leppard/Lange: <i>"Def Leppard hasn't put anything as good as Loud Lion out in at least a decade! If you like Pyromania and Hysteria (and f**k you if you don't) then you'll love this record - and that's not even taking into account the brain-liquidating shred-fests. An homage has never (ever) sounded so majestic!". </i>
And to be honest, he's right. "Die Tough" sounds huge!
Despite the advances in recording technology, it's still quite impossible to emulate the larger-than-life sound of 'Hysteria'. But Loud Lion are pretty close: multi-layered harmony vocals, fine Clark / Collen-inspired guitar work, not to mention very Joe Elliott-like lead vocals.†

Simply put, if you love '80s Def Leppard, "Die Tough" is a festival to your senses.
My absolute favourite is "The Hills Have Eyes" from the movie by the same name. It's as Leppard as the rest of the songs, yet with a Loud Lion personal touch.†
Elsewhere you've got "Die Tuff" (akin 'Love Bites'), "Lion Eyes" ('Photograph' maybe?), "Lion's Den" ('Women'), "Love Will Break Your Heart" ('Pour Some Sugar On Me') and "Sunset Strip" ('Rocket').
Coser "None More Fast" is an anthemic arena number with crazy guitar solos and a 'Rock Of Ages' (the movie) feel. Fun stuff!
Very Recommended.


01. Love Will Break Your Heart
02. Lionís Den
03. Lion Eyes
04. Die Tuff
05. Loud Lion Theme Song
06. Dawn Of The Dead
07. The Hills Have Eyes
08. Sunset Slip
09. None More Fast

Robbie Royce - Lead Vocals
Bleu McAuley - Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Taylor Locke, Allison Robertson - Guitar
Maclaine Diemer - Guitar, Keyboards
Adam Ross - Lead Guitar
John Fields - Bass
Dylan Halacy - Drums
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