Rating: 5 out of 10
Lynch Mob’s new release The Brotherhood is a paint by numbers formulated recording that is merely average. This is a year where bands such as Stone Sour and Living Colour released ground- breaking material that takes creative chances that work quite well. Lynch Mob delivers their classic sound which is quite middle of the road. The first two tracks are definitely the highlights. “Main Offender” is strong. “Jekyll and Hyde” features George Lynch playing deadly licks that are enhanced by Oni Logan’s vocals. Then the album descends into mediocrity. The title track is standard Lynch Mob/Dokken fare that doesn’t leave much of an impression. “Last Call Lady” and “Where We Started” are more of the same. “The Forgotten Maiden’s Pearl” has an eastern mysticism yet is unremarkable. The band gets a B for effort and a C for sound.
The Brotherhood isn’t a bad album it just isn’t remarkable. Other bands have retained their classic sound yet updated it to make brilliant music. Megadeth’s Dystopia and Venom Inc. ‘s Ave Santanas are two examples of how it is done correctly. Unfortunately, Lynch Mob plays it safe on The Brotherhood, and the result is mostly forgettable.
Written by Joe Becht. Follow him on Twitter @JoeBecht