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Tokyo Motor Fist: Lions
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Tokyo Motor Fist: Lions

Melodic Hard Rock/AOR
5.0/5.0

It's been better than three years since we heard from Tokyo Motor Fist, featuring Danger Danger vocalist Ted Poley, Trixter guitarist and producer Steve Brown with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, et al) on bass and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, et al) on drums. Their 2017 self-titled debut album was kick ass and fandamntastic. Now they're back with their second pitch, Lions. Can we expect the same?

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The short answer is, yes. Lions is a repeat of the debut or, perhaps better stated, chapter two in TMF's musical history. Once more the quartet delivers their catchy and entertaining AOR melodic hard rock, featuring strong guitar work, an abundance of rock rhythm and groove, catchy refrains, and sweet vocal arrangements. Ted Poley, as always, is a powerful vocalist, and Steve Brown delivers some killer guitar solos all over this album.

Sampling some of the tunes, you'll find some of Brown's sharp guitar work and spry solos within Monster In Me, Decadance On 10th Street, and Sedona, where crisp riffs ride over a big drum beat. Mean It is another tune that turns on a big beat and groove from the rhythm section, but it's also another example of a strong vocal arrangement. For the title cut, you get some symphonic synths and piano before Poley leans in to begin a rising, perhaps even inspirational, rock anthem. With Dream Your Heart Out, TMF juxtaposes heavier riff parts with softer vocal sections, but then both converge for the rousing arena ready chorus.

All said, with their second effort, Lions, Tokyo Motor Fist delivers another solid and satisfying album of their catchy AOR melodic hard rock. If you liked the first record, get this one. You will not be disappointed.



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The Bottom Line

All said, with their second effort, Lions, Tokyo Motor Fist delivers another solid and satisfying album of their catchy AOR melodic hard rock. If you liked the first record, get this one. You will not be disappointed.

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