Daily Album Premiere Thursday: FRONTBACK – Heart Of A Lion

by Jude Cossey

  • 8.5/10
    FRONTBACK - Heart Of A Lion - 8.5/10


Heart Of A Lion
Dead End Exit/Roastinghouse
January 13, 2017

User Review
5 (2 votes)

Not a Limozeen song from Homestar Runner; but rather, the new album by Frontback. These Swedes have only one other album under their studded belts, but Heart Of A Lion sounds far beyond a sophomore effort. The unique vocals of Anlo Front can seem a bit theatrical, yet sound natural nonetheless. Her singing has been compared with Gwen Stefani but you can also think of Geddy Lee with supercharged vibrato.

This is a great album because it flows. It’s got that Appetite For Destruction pleasantry of consistent, stand-alone hits. Instrumental skill isn’t teeming with difficulty, but is very well written. The guitar solos fit every song, and all accompaniment is superb. Frontback is certainly gaining momentum. Pick up Heart Of A Lion to experience that power in a nicely-wrapped package.


About Jude Cossey 39 Articles
Hello! 你好. I'm Jude, living in Taiwan but originally from the great state of Ohio. I first got into music when a fellow weirdo in my Catholic high school needed someone to play guitar with. We jammed on some Grunge Rock, but soon I got hooked on the blisteringly-fast shredding of Randy Rhoads and other greats. Later, I bought Metallica's Ride The Lightning as my first album purchase. During that time, my friends and I would end up at local metal shows--always in some rented venue with plywood walls, exposed piping, and awful bathrooms. It was great. After playing in some bands myself, and stumbling through all kinds of jobs, I ended up teaching English in Taiwan. Metal isn't as big here as in my home country of America, but there is a loyal following if you know where to look. Favorite album in recent years: World on Fire by Slash w/ Myles Kennedy Album that surprised me: UNI by Awe to Low Best band seen live: Columbine Worth a mention: Apocalyptica (cellos and metal!) Favorite guitar solo: Vivian Campbell on Dio's “Rainbow in the Dark” Metal pet peeve: over-usage of the lyrics “sands of time”, “reason”, or “insane” Guilty pleasure: Austrian Death Machine Dream: a Jason Becker signature guitar and the ability to play as he did. 2016 Top Ten Albums: 1. FAKE IDOLS - Witness 2. MERIDIAN – Breaking The Surface 3. GRAHAM BONNETT BAND – The Book 4. VANEXA – Too Heavy To Fly 5. CRYSTAL BALL – Deja Voodoo 6. SOLITUDE – Reach For The Sky 7. AMARANTHE – Maximalism 8. INIRE – Cauchemar 9. AETERNITAS - House Of Usher 10. DUMB HOLE – Bravest Of The Galaxy

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