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L.A. Guns - "The Missing Peace" (2017)


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I think this deserves it's own thread. Sounds pretty damn killer to me!

 

http://www.frontiers.it/album/5409

 

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ALBUM DETAIL

 

As the revival of the classic ‘80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlist of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up.

 

L.A. Guns never looked like the pretty poster boys that so many of their peers did, but more the band that you would be terrified to bump into an alley as they would likely be carrying switchblades and ready for a fight. But despite having many a song to back up that image, the band could also write powerful ballads (see the smash hit, “The Ballad Of Jayne” for Exhibit A of this argument) that showed there was some serious songwriting chops in the band. Those chops are on fully display on “The Missing Peace”, arguably one of the most vital and exciting releases in the band’s catalog.

 

The story of how we got from the band’s powerful early years to here has already been well documented, so no need to rehash it. What’s important to know and understand is that the driving force of all those classic L.A. Guns songs, Tracii and Phil, is back and in a BIG way. Feeling inspired and excited like they did when they first started out, but with many years of wisdom and experience under their belts, “The Missing Peace” will surely please fans of the band’s classic albums (the self-titled debut, “Cocked And Loaded”, and “Hollywood Vampires”) as well as their widely heralded “comeback” albums (“Man In The Moon” and “Waking The Dead”). In fact, this album feels like the next logical step after the critically heralded “Waking The Dead” album and shows a band invigorated and ready to bash you over the head, as well as “wow” you with some epic, slower songs, proving you don’t always needs a semi-truck to run people over.

 

TRACKLIST

 

It’s All The Same To Me
Speed
A Drop Of Bleach
Sticky Fingers
Christine
Baby Gotta Fever
Kill It Or Die
Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
The Devil Made Me Do It
The Missing Peace
Gave It All Away

 

LINEUP

 

Philip Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon - Drums

 

 

https://youtu.be/2FN5HTSiOt4

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  • 2 weeks later...

'Speed' is awesome, and I like the other two plenty too. Very early sounding vibe here. Love it.

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Listening to it now for the first time. Not bad, Has alot of 80's glam sound throughout :)

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23 hours ago, grissolm said:

yeah it definitely growing on me and I'm starting to like it a lot. All of it didn't click at first but every time I listen to it, I like it a little bit more.

I'm getting there.

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I thought tracks 5 & 7 were a little weaker than the rest, but overall it is a good album and most fans should enjoy it. That said, if I were to rank it in L.A. Guns discography I'd probably place it 5th or 6th best at the moment (S/T, Cocked & Loaded and Waking the Dead are my faves).  The style is similar to their first couple releases mixed with a little punk rock influence, like they used on Vicious Circle

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Sadly having a bit of a revolving door of guitarists.

Michael Grant was giving his marching orders about 2 months ago, and Johnny Monaco was announced as replacement a few days later.

Monaco has now left as he cannot deal with the travelling, and has been replaced by former Guns guitarist, Adam Hamilton.

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On 6/20/2018 at 5:27 PM, Captain Howdy said:

Sadly having a bit of a revolving door of guitarists.

Michael Grant was giving his marching orders about 2 months ago, and Johnny Monaco was announced as replacement a few days later.

Monaco has now left as he cannot deal with the travelling, and has been replaced by former Guns guitarist, Adam Hamilton.

I was disappointed to hear that Michael Grant was out as I thought he'd bring some fresh ideas to the songwriting, if given the chance.   With that said, it would be nice to see him fronting his own band again. 

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