George Lynch to release ‘Legacy’ EP

George Lynch will release Legacy, a four-track EP, in May through Rat Pak Records. Can’t wait to hear this one! Here’s the press release:

RAT PAK RECORDS SET FOR SPRING RELEASE OF GEORGE LYNCH “LEGACY” EP
AND EARLY SUMMER RELEASE OF NEW LYNCH MOB CD

This special edition EP release celebrates thirty years of George Lynch’s guitar playing with an amazing 4 track offering for the fans. Legacy injects us with a super charged dose of George’s signature style and proves once again why he’s one of the most respected guitar players of the last 3 decades!

Track #1 “Blood Drive” ignites this disc with an upbeat catchy rock track that has a real early VH meets Satriani groove to it. Track #2 “Circulo Del Fuego” offers us a well constructed rocker that incorporates all of George’s legendary playing style. Track 3 “Invoid” can best be best described as “Mr Scary” meets “Tooth and Nail”, it’s laced from start to finish with amazing guitar technique and killer tone. Track #4 “The Road Ahead” is a haunting ballad style number that combines all the flavor & melodic angst of the late 80’s but with a modern tone.

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NEWS: New George Lynch album ‘Kill All Control’

Now this is cool. George Lynch is releasing a new solo album featuring multiple guest vocalists (like his most excellent Sacred Groove album) as well as a sequel to his signature instrumental track “Mr Scary.” Head here to hear the track “Wicked Witch.”

PRESS RELEASE:

George Lynch, the former lead guitarist for Dokken and leader of his own rock bands Lynch Mob and Souls Of We, will release his eleventh solo album in nearly twenty years, “Kill All Control”, on June 21 via Rocket Science, Inc.

What began as a follow-up to the Souls Of We debut, “Let The Truth Be Known”, George quickly realized the project was taking on a new direction with the addition of Powerman 5000 drummer Adrian Ost. While writing with Souls Of We singer London LeGrand (Brides Of Destruction), George noted, “The creative juices flowed and we wrote most of the CD in 10 days.”

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REVIEW: Lynch Mob – Smoke And Mirrors

Smoke And Mirrors sees the return of singer Oni Logan to the Lynch Mob line-up. He joins drummer Scot Coogan (Brides Of Destruction) and bass player Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake) in backing up guitar legend George Lynch, who despite his reputation as a master shredder has never really felt the need to make Lynch Mob about himself. After seeing Lynch Mob live last year I really got the feeling they were a real band, not a guitarist’s vanity project, and I was psyched to see what they would come up with in the studio. The album will be out September 18th in Europe and October 13th in the USA but I was lucky enough to get to hear it pre-release so, without further ado, and with special emphasis on the guitar aspect since this is a guitar site, I give you Lynch Mob’s Smoke And Mirrors, track by track.

21st Century Man
After about 10 seconds of seductive atmospherics, the Mob kicks in with the driving rhythm of ‘21st Century Man’ and wastes little time in getting to the vocals. Y’know that vibe of being at a gig and the intro tape starts, but before you know it the band is already on stage rockin’ out? Well somehow this CD manages to distil that feeling into zeroes and ones and spit it right back at you through the speakers. Right from the beginning Lynch’s guitar tone is powerful, clear and punchy. Man, this dude really understands how to use a minimum of distortion yet still kick your ass with awesome rock power. There’s a cool dirty flanger tone in the bridge, then the chorus kicks in again and off we go. The vibe of this song kinda reminds me of a slightly slower and less smartass ‘Hammerhead Shark’ by David Lee Roth. In fact, Lynch’s phaser-laden solo at the end seems to tap into a similar post-Van-Halen vibe as Jason Becker summoned on that DLR album. (Audio sample)

Smoke And Mirrors
Ok, here we go with some acoustic bluesiness in the verses, with choruses kicking into meat-and-potatoes late 70s/early 80s hard rock in the style of Whitesnake before they got all hairsprayed and started writhing with Tawny Kitaen on the hood of a Jaguar. This track would be quite at home on modern FM rock radio, but don’t let that scare you off. Lynch even gets in quite a decent amount of wah-wahed slide guitar throughout the verses, and there’s a funky middle section which almost sounds like something from Extreme’s latest CD, Saudades De Rock. Again Lynch’s electric tone is crunchy and dirty but by no means is it distorted, so you can hear every little nuance. It really makes you appreciate what a great all-round guitarist he is, above and beyond his shred hero status. Meanwhile Oni Logan is in fine form vocally, with lots of power and control when needed, but restraint too when that’s called for too. Awesome. (Audio sample)

Lucky Man
More tasty phaser tone in the solo. In terms of pacing, this song is a good choice to follow the second track – it’s another laid back, 70s-ish tune that has a LITTLE bit of an edge but is more suited to being played on Lynch’s Strat-like ESP GL-56 than his Skull & Snakes model. That’s probably the best way to describe these two tracks: it’s the vibe of old American guitars rather than shiny new Japanese shred machines. There’s some straightforward chording and a singalong chorus, which means this one was probably written for the chicks. In concert it’ll probably come about two thirds of the way through the set, when your girlfriend is about to lose it with you for ignoring her so you could check out Lynch’s pedalboard for the past hour. Then this song comes on and you have something to sway together to for a few minutes, and you remember how lucky you are to have an awesome girlfriend who will go to a Lynch Mob gig with you. Then the band kick into Mr Scary and you forget she’s there as you run up to the stage to watch George’s mad fretboard skills again. You jerk. There’d better be a 24-hour flower shop on the way home.

My Kind Of Healer
Oh yeah. This one has a cool riff. A solid rock/funk feel (as opposed to funk-rock). There’s something about this that reminds me of Motley Crue’s John Corabi era without the overwrought Bob Rock production. Listen for some really cool playing by George under the verses; killer tone with wild wah wah licks in the solo; and a few well-placed Chuck Berry licks for good measure. Technically it’s not one of George’s more out-there solos but it fits the song’s vibe perfectly and shows off his ultra-cool phrasing.

Time Keepers
Favourite song on the album! This has a bouncy feel, a moody middle eastern-sounding riff, some killer semi-clean flanger tones in the verses, and a powerful performance from Logan that reminds me of Geoff Tate’s delivery on Queensryche’s Tribe album. It’s hard to really explain how and why this song kicks so much ass but I think it’s fair to say that it you’re a Lynch Mob fence-sitter this one might possibly just sway you over to the HELL YES side of the fence. It’s loud, intricate, powerful and heavy, and if this track isn’t included in live sets I’m staging a mutiny. Listen out for an almost Tom Morello-like tremolo section in the middle right before a killer solo comes in and decimates everything in its path. The rhythm section is really cooking under the solo too. And the phaser is back to help kick the solo section up to a whole extra level. This song is so friggin’ cool.

Revolution Heroes
YES! More of the rock-funk feel from ‘My Kind Of Healer’, and some very cool guitar/bass unison fills tying together every fourth bar of the verses. Nice open-string work from Lynch, while Mendoza kicks ass in the background. Why this dude never played bass for Yngwie I’ll never know. In fact, back it up to the very end of ‘Time Keepers’ and listen to what he does there. Yikes!

Let The Music Be Your Master
The Motley Crue/Corabi reference from earlier pops up in this song, which reminds me a little of ‘Power To The Music’ in the first few bars, but it’s probably a coincidence. There are some very cool Black Sabbath-style vocal melodies from Logan and while there are a few guitars overdubbed for texture, it never loses that organic, real-musicians-rockin-out feel.

The Phacist
This song almost sounds like it could be a leftover Dokken track, yet somehow the main riff also kinda reminds me of some of the more upbeat stuff Devin Townsend does, like ‘Traveller.’ High energy, a cool double-time fist-pumping chorus, and vocal layering that kinda reminds me of Mr. Big’s Eric Martin. This would be a huge song live and a great way to start a gig. Monster tone for Lynch’s solo, with killer phrasing and that legendary vibrato. That phaser pedal pops up for a few notes here and there once again – in fact I haven’t heard a phaser pedal tie an album together as neatly as this since Van Halen 1.

Where Do You Sleep At Night
More cool phaser (actually it sounds like a UniVibe) tones, a ringing chordal riff, and soulful 70s-style vocal performance from Logan. Really, so much of this album sounds like it could have been recorded in the late 70s, but an alternate-universe late 70s where they understood how to record drums properly. A subtle, short, tasty Lynch solo then back into the chorus. Probably not one of the album’s most memorable tracks but certainly not a bad song. It seems perfectly placed within the pacing of the CD.

Madly Backwards
More of the groovy rock-funk feel, combined with a Sabbath-y, ‘Fairies Wear Boots’ type of groove, topped off with an intangible Bowie/T-Rex vibe. Once again Lynch provides a crash course in how to get killer rhythm guitar tones from an overdriven amp, as opposed to a distorted amp. Big difference. Great middle section too, where you can really hear the monster bass tone. Then solo time! This solo has a great live, off-the-cuff feel. Oh and there’s the phaser pedal again. Man, if this album catches on like it should, Lynch is going to shift so many phasers.

We Will Remain
Oh my god! This totally sounds like an Yngwie or Rainbow track without the castles and demons. It has a similar feel to ‘Faster Than The Speed Of Light’ and a crunchy tone that seems to combine Yngwie and EVH. Cool backing vocals. It takes balls to take a song as cool as this and put it second last on the album. This is the kind of song that demands to be played on a big stage with lots of pyro. Coogan kicks ass on this track, pushing just a little ahead of the beat and daring Mendoza and Lynch to keep up. Great tremolo-picked, reverb-soaked pre-solo section, before launching into the solo proper and firing off lots of phaser-enhanced arpeggio flurries, then into some tasteful wah/whammy bar work. More killer vibrato. Then a short post-solo section which I guess I would label ‘Toms Of Doom.’ Seriously, crank this song up to 10 and rattle some windows, but don’t try this while driving. (Audio sample)

Before I Close My Eyes
A poppy, restrained way to close out the album. Warm, ringing chords over a steady bass line. Mind remind some listeners of Bon Jovi. Probably a good choice for a single for FM radio but man, FM radio listeners will have their heads knocked off when they buy the album and happen across ‘We Will Remain,’ ‘Time Keepers’ and ‘Madly Backwards.’ Another chick song. Interestingly, it’s the only track on the CD that fades out. Everything else has a rockworthy ending.

Mansions In The Sky (Bonus track)
Logan seems a little uncomfortable with the lower range of this vocal melody but as the song progresses and the guitar parts opens up, he moves back to where he’s comfortable and puts in a cool, animated performance. Lyrically, this track evokes Dorian Grey. Cool. Another track which could remind some listeners of Dokken, but with more naturalistic production.

So there you have it. Smoke And Mirrors track by track. I don’t know what kind of sentimentality you, dear reader, attach to previous Lynch Mob albums but this is definitely my favourite. You might dig Wicked Sensation more but for me the rawness of Smoke And Mirrors gives it that extra boost. The great moments are fricking awesome, and even the ‘meh’ moments never hit you as bad, they just don’t quite live up to when the band is really cooking. I’d definitely consider this an essential George Lynch album well worthy of pre-order.

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NEWS: New Lynch Mob album info

Just got a whole bunch of info about the new Lynch Mob album, Smoke And Mirrors. Can’t wait for this one. Towards the end of the press release below, you’ll find 3 song clips. The samples sound very stripped down and rockworthy, and George Lynch’s guitar tone is nice and crunchy and, in true Lynch style, less distorted on second inspection that it may initially sound. Awesome.

Read my interview with George from last year here.

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the worldwide release of the LYNCH MOB come back studio album entitled “Smoke And Mirrors” to be released on September 18th in Europe and October 13th in the USA.

After seventeen long years singer Oni Logan and guitar wizard George Lynch found their way back together and again show their amazing abilities in some killer new Hard Rock songs.” I would say this new record “Smoke and Mirrors”, is the record we should have put out as a follow up to “Wicked Sensation”…better late then never I guess…”, says Lynch presenting the new record.

Lynch Mob were formed by George Lynch, one of the few genuine guitar heroes of substance to emerge from the Los Angeles scene, after DOKKEN split up in 1989. The band’s first album” Wicked Sensation” went on to sell over 500,000 units in the US and featured the talents of singer Oni Logan, Anthony Esposito on bass and another former DOKKEN member Mick Brown on drums. After a tour in support of Queensryche, Logan opted out, with Robert Mason taking his place on the follow up self titled release. However Lynch and Brown eventually returned to Dokken releasing 2 studio albums until he left again in late 1997 putting together a several new incarnations of Lynch Mob and exploring new sounds with different projects.

However Oni Logan and George Lynch would found themselves again in a studio in the summer of 07. “We weren’t sure what was going to happen” recalls George, “but as soon as I heard what Oni was coming up with just off the top of his head, I knew the old chemistry was still there. So we spent many months writing. The first batch of songs had almost a Southern Rock feel to them and there was quite a bit of acoustic and slide work on those. They also had a genuine 70’s vibe. These first songs had elements reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac, Zeppelin, Black Crowes, Stones and it was all very bluesy. We lived with those songs for a while then went in and did a second round of collaboration. We had tightened up as a band after touring over the summer and we consciously wrote the newer material with the “Wicked Sensation” record in mind. So we updated the earlier songs a little and wrote a few more “adventurous” track and went in to start recording”.

Joining the new line-up are bassist Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Scott Coogan (Brides of Destruction, Ace Frehley). More than a band, this team is guaranteed to create one of the most explosive shows you can ever experience and shines big time on the brand new recording which is set to bring back Lynch Mob on the map of the most exciting Hard Rock bands around! “Marco Mendoza is literally a gift from Heaven” continues Lynch. “How they figured out how to stuff all that talent and goodness into one person I’ll never know. they must have made a mistake at the factory! lol… then there’s Scott Coogan on drums…. baby of the band.. he’s very solid, very “Bonhamesque”. not sure if that’s a real word!”

“Smoke and Mirrors” tracklisting includes:
21st Century Man, Smoke and Mirrors, Lucky Man, My Kind Of Healer, Time Keepers, Revolution Hero, Let The Music Be Your Master, The Fascist, Where Do You Sleep at Night?, Madly Backwards, We Will Remain, Before I Close My Eyes, Mansions In The Sky (Bonus Track).

SAMPLES:
http://www.frontiers.it/portals/0/multimedia/LynchMob01sample.mp3
http://www.frontiers.it/portals/0/multimedia/LynchMob02sample.mp3
http://www.frontiers.it/portals/0/multimedia/LynchMob11sample.mp3

Lynch Mob are ready to embark on a World Tour in the fall 2009 to follow up on the successful performance at the ROCKLAHOMA 2008 and to promote “Smoke and Mirrors”. “We have been expecting to go out in a support situation with a bigger act in the fall of 09 to coincide with the release of “Smoke and Mirrors” and were also expecting to visit Europe as well. It’s been way too long since I’ve played Europe and we need to tour there extensively… last time Lynch Mob toured Europe was with Queensryche… and I think that was 1991!” concludes George Lynch.

Get back to real Rock with Lynch Mob new album “Smoke and Mirrors” !

Weblinks: www.frontiers.it / www.myspace.com/frontiersrecords / www.georgelynch.com / www.myspace.com/lynchmobrocks

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REVIEW: Lynch Mob – Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne, December 10, 2008

I’ve been into George Lynch’s heroic guitar playing and to-die-for tone ever since I was about 14 and one of my older cousins showed up one day with a box full of cassettes. He’d been doing some spring cleaning and I guess he was growing up and entering the ‘real world’ and no longer had time for the wild-haired rock I’d always associated him with. Among that box were a few Dokken cassettes, and Lynch’s playing blew my mind. Not long after, he released his Sacred Groove solo album, and I was set on my path towards mastering that wide Lynchian vibrato.

I was fortunate to interview George a few months ago in preparation for Lynch Mob’s Australian tour. The current Mob line-up includes drummer Scot Coogan (Bridges of Destruction, Ace Frehley), bass legend Marco Mendoza (this dude is so charismatic he shows up David Coverdale on Whitesnake’s recent live DVD), and singer Oni Logan.

The first three tracks played were ‘She’s So Evil,’ ‘Hell Child’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’ from the first Lynch Mob album. Coogan has that rare ability to seem like he’s at the front of the stage even though he’s hidden away behind a drum kit, and his energy brought a powerful edge to the already riff-stomping Mob sound. George used his legendary J.Frog ESP (the one with the awesome carved skull and bones) for most of the set, although it was very cool to see him break out his ESP GL-57, which looks like a modified and bashed up Stratocaster. Amp-wise, he appeared to be using a Soldano SLO-100 and a Marshall Plexi, but the amps were turned towards the back wall (either for better isolation or because George wasn’t using his signature Randall amp, I’m not sure) so it was hard to tell. But his live tone was every bit as crunchy, clear and vocal as his studio work. Guitarists in the crowd, and I’m sure there were a lot of them, could learn a lot from the clarity of his tones, which are clean enough to remain punchy, but distorted enough to sound thick and edgy.

A particular highlight for guitar geeks such as myself was Lynch’s instrumental signature, ‘Mr Scary.’ The studio version included multiple overdubbed guitars, including a huge harmonized melody, so it was interesting to see how it translated to a single guitar, bass and drum interpretation. It came across more like an extended jam, with Mendoza covering a huge amount of ground while Lynch whipped across the guitar neck. When it was done, my ass was thoroughly kicked and somewhere my inner 14 year old was saying “Whoa…” Other Dokken tracks in the set were ‘Into The Fire’ and ‘Tooth And Nail.’

Finally, with ‘Wicked Sensation’ and a Scot Coogan stage dive as an encore, Lynch Mob were gone, but hopefully it won’t be too long before they return. With a new album on the way (the first with this particular line-up), I’d love to see them play a larger venue with a bigger stage to prowl upon.

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