Kingdom Come - Perpetual

edited November 14 in Reviews 2000-2009

ARTIST: Kingdom Come
ALBUM: Perpetual
LABEL: Frontiers
YEAR: 2004

LINEUP: Lenny Wolf - vocals, all instruments * Eric Forster - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Gotta Move Now * 02 Hang Em High * 03 Crown To Moscow * 04 Time To Realign * 05 Silhouette Paintings * 06 With The Sun In Mind * 07 King Of Nothing * 08 Borrowed Time * 09 Connecting Pain * 10 Watch The Dragonfly * 11 Inhaling The Silence * 12 Free Bird


One must applaud Lenny Wolf's perseverance at continuing the Kingdom Come name, given the trials and tribulations of his career, which of course began in earnest back in 1988 when the band's debut was pilloried by the rock world for its Led Zeppelin similarities.

Wolf never threw in the towel and has gone on to record eight further studio albums under the KC banner, with Wolf the only steady member of his own project. 'Perpetual' finds Wolf sticking to his hard rock roots which he began with so many years back in Stone Fury, the Page like riffs and Plant screams still intact, and to great effect on the odd occasion.

The Songs

'Perpetual' is rooted towards old fashioned hard rock with doses of modern rock thrown in presumably to give it a slice of credibility and not be considered a relic.

Despite the huge riffs of opener 'Gotta Move Now, a drum machine is firmly in place, by design or not I am uncertain. It doesn't taint the power of the riffs at all, and otherwise this could easily come from the 1988 debut. Wolf continues to ape Plant, but can do so these days as Kingdom Come are hardly on anyones tongue in the mainstream anymore.

'Hang 'Em High' is remarkably similar, unlike the wonderful 'Crown Of Moscow', vaguely industrial but exceedingly melodic, a ballad which works. 'Time To Realign' is a lumbering beast of a rocker, with the drumming sounding more real, the thumping mid paced direction summing up the majority of the album.

'King Of Nothing' comes off as a 1995 grunge cast off, much like Dokken's 'Dysfunctional' reject. The albums problem lies with the stagnant pacing, far too slow, with no track containing the energy needed to diversify what could have been a great album, as the riffs are solid and give the album some worth.

In Summary

For 2004 this is as traditional as hard rock is likely to get, if one can overcome the heavily programmed samples and beats that appear to make up for the band's lack of personnel.

Overall this is clearly still the man who caused such a fuss in his heyday and is continuing on his well worn path, which to his credit, makes Lenny Wolf one of rock's most unlikely survivors.

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