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A lot may have changed in the years since the last Lizzy Borden album, Master of Disguise, but the band, bless their souls, have stuck to their heavy-metal-meets-glam-in-a-dark-alley aesthetic. That's consistency for you. Not to mention an enviable ability to stay blind to musical trends. After disappearing for nearly a decade, thanks to legal wrangles, and then regrouping with a new lineup, Lizzy still sound like the missing link between Skid Row and Iron Maiden. The songs are simplistic, the guitars are over the top, and the lyrics are standard-issue metal schlock. Which are minor misdemeanors considering that the album packs in more hooks than a fisherman's kit. With its crunchy anthems, stomping choruses and overall fondness for pedal-to-the-metal excess Deal With the Devil is as infectious as chicken pox. On two tracks, Lizzy aim to stretch their wings -- "Zanzibar" wears its Eastern influences on its sleeve; "We Only Come Out at Night" adds a dash of industrial rock to the mix. There are a couple of covers that make up in vigour what they lack in originality: a torqued up, take-no-prisoners run through Blue Oyster Cult's "(This Ain't) The Summer of Love" and a version of Alice Cooper's "Generation Landslide" that manages to replicate much of the sneery edge of the original. And, yes, there's some great cover art by Todd MacFarlane as well. Loud, flashy, unpretentious, and with not a single ballad in sight, Deal With the Devil is good, cheap fun and proof that grunge never happened.
Performance CreditsLizzy Borden Primary Artist
Joey Vera Bass Guitar
Dan Fitzgerald Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Alex Nelson Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Sitar
Elliot Solomon Keyboards
Joey Scott Harges Drums
Technical CreditsLizzy Borden Arranger,Composer,Concept
Elliot Solomon Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Joey Scott Harges Arranger
Todd McFarlane Cover Art
Kris Solem Enhanced CD Audio Creation
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After over a decade, Lizzy Borden, the 80's shock-rock meisters, have returned with a new album. As a longtime Lizzy Borden fan, I had looked forward to this very much, and was not disappointed. This album is very much classic Lizzy. Think ''Master Of Disguise'', only a bit heavier, and without all the horns and strings. The music is hard-rocking, 80's-style metal that doesn't give in to any current trends. The music has a dark edge to it, and the lyrics explore the dark side of life, which has always been Lizzy's trademark. The first track is ''There Will Be Blood Tonight'', a strong rocker which is great to herald Lizzy's return. Other songs that stand out are the title track, ''Zanzibar'', ''Loving You Is Murder'', ''We Only Come Out At Night'', ''The World Is Mine'', and ''State Of Pain.'' If you are a longtime Lizzy Borden fan like me, this album is a must! I would also recommend it(and all the L.B. albums) to Marilyn Manson fans, so they can see how it's really done!