• Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

On the Sunset Strip in the 1980s, London was a band infamous for being a “breeding ground” for those who’d achieve fame in other bands later on. The group featured future members of bands like WASP, Motley Crue, and Cinderella. Lineups of the band changed frequently, but from the time the band cut their debut album in 1985, they’ve always included vocalist Nadir D’Priest.

London released three studio albums between 1985 and 1990, although outside of an appearance in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years, they never got the national or international attention they deserved. In recent years, the group has revived, with a live album released a few years back. Call That Girl marks the first album of original studio material from the band since 1990’s Playa Del Rock.

The first London album of original material in 30 years… how does it hold up? Followers of the band are sure to be asking themselves the very same thing. With musicians including the likes of Chuck Wright, Alan Krigger, Mike Varney, and Eric Ragno, there’s certainly no shortage of talent assembled for the new release, which has been literally years in the making.

Rest assured, the new album is damn good. One of the most distinctive characteristics of London has always been Nadir D’Priest’s deep and brooding voice, quite different from other bands of their era. Combined with an assortment of talented musicians, D’Priest and company have given listeners a diverse and entertaining selection of tracks.

It’s ironic the London album released the longest amount of time since the end of the 1980s may very well be the most “80s-sounding” thing they’ve ever recorded. The opening tracks have a fantastic AOR-style sound to them which do a superb job taking the listener back in time. But the record quickly evolves into heavier and more diverse pieces. “Metal Nations,” for example, is the kind of pro-heavy metal anthem Manowar would’ve put out back in the day. From more AOR-style cuts to gritty, bluesy numbers, it’s a surprisingly powerful assortment of tracks!

It’s been a long damn time since we got a proper studio album from the boys in London, and Nadir D’Priest and company don’t disappoint! If you’re a fan of the band, you’ll be pleased to know they’re back in fine form. Strongly recommended!

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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