LIZZY BORDEN - Appointment With Death

Lizzy Borden - Appointment With Death

12 songs
57:54 minutes
***** ****
Metal Blade


Between 1985 and 1989, heavy metal legend Lizzy Borden released six albums. In 2000, they made a comeback with their yet best work Deal With The Devil which even surpassed their classic Master Of Disguise from 1989. If you supposed that Lizzy Borden would again release records on a more regular base, you were mistaken as their eighth CD has only now been released seven years later.

Even if other metal bands can’t convince at 100% with their comebacks (Blitzkrieg, Mortal Sin,…), Lizzy Borden again don’t disappoint at all. The band still has its marvellous flair for theatrical metal combined with a few hair metal excursions calling for parallels to W.A.S.P., Kiss, Alice Cooper and especially Twisted Sister, as Lizzy Borden sounds quite like Dee Snider.

Appointment With Death, a title taken from an Agatha Christie novel, is a concept album about death. The music doesn’t contain any surprises, and no one would have expected any anyway. The opener Abnormal propels you back into the Eighties, the golden decade of heavy metal. Most songs are quite fast and dynamic, and Tomorrow Never Comes is an open invitation to sing along with Lizzy Borden. The mid-tempo hymn The Death Of Love is another an excellent track. The only songs that didn’t fascinate me so much are Under Your Sky and the unplugged version of Tomorrow Never Comes. Such a great rocker shouldn’t be played at a slow pace. Also I have to concede that diversity doesn’t play the most important part on this album.

Appointment With Death features guest appearances by George Lynch (Dokken), Dave Meniketti (Y&T) and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium). But even they couldn’t help making another as fantastic album as Deal With The Devil has been. Appointment With Death is still an excellent CD that authentic metal heads shouldn’t miss, but some weaker moments and a few exaggerated repetitions are preventing a maximum rating.

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