Organized in England by vocalist Nathan James (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Inglorious is already receiving high praise from the UK music industry and press. The five piece band release their first album, simply self-titled, through Italy's Frontiers Music.
First impressions being what they are, notoriously useless, I did wonder what Inglorious was reaching for in their sound. First, don't think TSO, even if Nathan James sang for them. Then I listen to the first song, Until I Die, in it's opening moments and hear the building old school Hammond. Wait. What? Is early Deep Purple? Then a few songs later, in High Flying Gypsy, I hear riffs that sound like they were ripped out Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti. In other songs, like Holy Water and Girl Got A Gun, among others, I hear this latent blues theme flowing through the arrangements.
And overall, the songs are heavy, big riffs and booming bottom end which, like the aforementioned references, moves me back to Seventies hard rock. Like proto-heavy metal. Then there's James' vocals. This guy is on fire. Passionate, soulful, totally disarming. The guitars roar through some fine solos on every turn, while throwing down the massive riffage. Everything grooves. Even more, in recording this music, the band tracked everybody together as if playing live in the studio. There was no click tracks, auto-tuning, or overdubs. Organic and natural as it were. So what is Inglorious up to? Inglorious is the 21st century re-interpretation of classic rock's most basic roots. And it sounds really, really great.
Then one final observation. After the first spin, I thought this album to be too long. But it's not the case. It's only 50 minutes for the 11 songs. It's the simple fact that Inglorious packs so much into each song. The songs are broad and deep, certainly not one dimensional or disturbingly similar. Fundamentally, Inglorious is one to something very, very good, even inspired. Where will it take them? I wonder. Easily recommended.
So what is Inglorious up to? Inglorious is the 21st century re-interpretation of classic rock's most basic roots. And it sounds really, really great.
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