"Deal With the Devil" (Metal Blade; 2000)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Veteran rocker Lizzy Borden is back with a new record deal (on Metal Blade Records) and a new album, "Deal With the Devil," that shows there has been no loss of power or metal attitude over the years.

"Deal With the Devil" is a CD that fits nicely in with all those previous Lizzy Borden CDs. Loaded with blistering guitar, razorblade vocals and more than a healthy dose of rock'n'roll imagination, "Deal" should appeal to any heavy metal fan. 

My favorite tracks are probably the first one, "There Will Be Blood Tonight," the title track, a sharp cover of Alice Cooper's "Generation Landslide," "The World Is Mine" with its great, determined pace and an unusual cover of Blue Oyster Cult's "(This Ain't) The Summer of Love." 

"Deal With the Devil" is a powerful return to style by one of heavy metal's lesser-known legends. If you're unfamiliar with this band, this isn't a bad place to start. Fans, of course, will connect with this CD instantly.

Oh, yeah - the cover art by the now-legendary Todd McFarlane doesn't hurt either.

"Deal with the Devil" was produced, engineered and mixed by Elliot Solomon.

Performing on "Deal With the Devil" are Lizzy Borden - vocals; Joey Scott - drums; Alex Nelson - lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, sitar; Louis Cyphre - guitars; Marten Anderson - bass; Michael Davis -  4 and 12 string bass; Joey Vera - bass; Elliot Solomon - keyboards; Dan Fitzgerald - lead guitars, 12 acoustic guitar; David Michael Phillips - lead guitar; Joe Steals - lead guitar.

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"The Murderess Metal Road Show" (Metal Blade; 1986)

Reviewed by Snidermann

As far as I'm concerned, there is nothing that can tell more about a band then a live recording. Lizzy Borden's "The Murdress Metal Road Show" is a prime example of that.

One thing must be said right from the start: this band knows how to rock. The musicians show a unique quality of playing inspired metal very accurately and with charismatic style. I like the way the tunes just flew off the CD with a power and grace that is simply not found in much of today's metal scene. This is hard and driving music. Also included are a few studio cuts that make for a good comparison with the live tracks. 

I may have not been a Lizzy Borden fan before listening to "The Murderess Metal Road Show," but I an now. I will have to go out and find some of the band's studio recordings. If they are half as good as this live release, I will have to buy the entire back catalog.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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