Rat Pak Records, 2012
The list of great guitarists from the “hair metal” era is long, but there are a handful of names that rise to the top. George Lynch is among the greatest of those who achieved enormous popularity in the heyday of hard rock on MTV. He is best known as the former lead guitarist of Dokken, and later Lynch Mob. What many do not realize is that Lynch is still very active today with Lynch Mob and several side projects.
Legacy is a solo record, a showcase of the axeman’s skill. Backed by bassist Rev Jones and drummer Michael Frowen, Lynch blazes through four tracks of unrelenting sound, pulling no punches as he announces to the hard rock world that he still has the ability to shred with the best of them. Instrumental albums can at times be a double-edged sword; while the focus and spotlight is on the fretwork, there is no lyrical component with which to sing along. As such, the listener can be more easily distracted and miss some of the intricate guitar passages that Lynch weaves into his compositions.
There can be no denying the talent that resides in his fingertips, and fans of instrumental hard rock should appreciate and enjoy Legacy from George Lynch. For those who are more inclined to listen to music with vocals, come back tomorrow for a review of another Lynch project.
1. Blood Drive
2. Circulo Del Fuego
4. The Road Ahead