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Lucifer’s Friend

too late to hate

Review by Gary Hill

This new disc from the legendary 70s rockers probably wouldn't land under prog rock on its own strengths. Given the fact that a lot of their output is proggier than this, and that they were sort of proto-prog anyway, I'll nudge it far enough over to make that heading. This is cool hard rock with some songs that really shine brightly. Nothing here is weak, but some pieces eclipse others.
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Track by Track Review
Demolition Man

Mainstream rock is merged with prog here. This is a catchy AOR based tune that is very cool.

Jokers & Fools
This fast paced rocker is very classy stuff. Yes, it has prog in the mix. In a lot of ways it reminds me of Uriah Heep, too.
When Children Cry
I really love this song. There is a lot of epic metal built into this piece. It's evocative and very powerful. Yes, there is still a lot of prog here. This is cool stuff. It's one of my favorite pieces.
Straight for the Heart
Here's another AOR rocker with some prog in the mix. There is a sound at the start of this (and later) that sounds like Pacman to me.
Tell Me Why
I really love the rocking groove on this thing. It's a killer tune that just plain works. It's part prog, part mainstream hard rock and all effective. The main riff is just so rubbery and meaty. The overlayers (especially the piano) bring the proggier things to the proceedings.
Don't Talk to Strangers
Hard rocking, this is another with a great riff driving it. It's a bit less on the proggy side, but there are moments. The chorus is so classic hard rock anthem that it's scary.
I Will Be There
The opening section of this is very prog rock oriented. There is a Uriah Heep meets epic metal and AOR prog feeling to this cut. It's crunchy. The vocal performance is very powerful. The cut has some great shifts and turns. It's one of my favorites here, really.
This Time
There is a lot of blues in the mix on this cut. It's a hard rocking balladic type cut. Packed with emotion, this is soulful and strong.
While it's still on the AOR side of the equation, this is much more purely prog rock oriented. I really dig the keyboard solo segment on this thing. Both world music and fusion are included in small dosages at the end.
Sea of Promises
Fast paced and furious, heavy metal and AOR prog merge on this screamer. I love this tune. It's one of the strongest here and has a great riff driving it. I love the keyboard soloing on this thing, too.
Brothers Without a Name
While keys open this, it powers to a guitar based rocker from there. It's another killer cut that's built on prog, metal and hard rock.
When You're Gone (Live)
This is a short stripped back live cut. There is some instrumental music at the end of it as the crowd is going nuts, but I think that's canned.
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