• 8.5/10
    INGLORIOUS - II - 8.5/10


Frontiers Music
Release date: May 12, 2017

User Review
6/10 (2 votes)

Unless they intended the moniker to be ironic, Inglorious may possibly be the most ill-fitting of band names this side of Toad the Wet Sprocket, because the music on this U.K. band’s second album is, well, completely glorious. As in, gift all of your friends with good taste an iTunes download copy glorious.

Maybe they just have trouble with names; the album is called II and while that might have worked for Led Zeppelin, that title is unlikely to attract Inglorious any new fans, which is a damn shame because their music is worth a listen. Several listens, actually. Favoring a throwback recording style rarely employed today, Inglorious eschews Satan’s modern tools of overproduction trickery like click tracks and Auto-tune—they even refuse less inherently evil techniques like overdubs—crafting their songs live in the studio in what they term “in a very honest fashion”. The end result is some superb high-energy Hard Rock.

Singer Nathan James, a breakout success on The Voice as well as a former singer for Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Uli John Roth, has an exceptional Coverdale-esque voice that hearkens back to the great classic Hard Rock acts of the seventies. His vocal excellence clearly feeds off and drives the music laid down by his bandmates; it is easy when listening to imagine them live in the studio urging each other on to greater emotional and musical heights. The songs are diverse and uniformly excellent; the longest of the twelve still not even five minutes long, making it even easier to have II remain on repeat. An early candidate for album of the summer for Hard Rock fans.



  • Daniel Waters

    Daniel was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. Iron Maiden’s Piece Of Mind wasn’t the first Metal album he owned, but it was the one that lifted the lid off his soul when he received the record as a gift on his 15th birthday. He's been a Metal fan ever since. He's probably best known as the author of various Young Adult novels such as the Generation Dead series and the ghost story Break My Heart 1,000 Times, now also a major motion picture entitled I Still See You, starring Bella Thorne. Writing and music, especially Heavy Metal music, has always been inextricably linked in his mind and career. His first paid gig doing any type of writing was for Cemetery Dance, where he wrote a horror-themed music column called Dead Beats, and when he was writing the first Generation Dead novel he had a ritual where he started his writing day with a Metal playlist that kicked off with “Crushing Belial” by Shadows Fall.

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