• Tue. May 21st, 2024

LA Guns Strike Back With The Devil You Know!

What a long and interesting ride it’s been for LA Guns! We’ve seen countless albums, endless numbers of men in and out of the band, and plenty of drama and band politics. Hell, we’ve seen multiple versions of the damn band! But recent years brought the best LA Guns news in years, when classic vocalist Phil Lewis reunited with classic guitarist Tracii Guns. And two years back, we got their reunion album The Missing Peace, which was easily one of the best rock/metal releases of 2017.

But, the boys from LA Guns aren’t content to stop there, much to the delight of fans! We now come to the second album from the lineup of the reunited Lewis and Guns, The Devil You Know. Also in the band are bassist Johnny Martin and drummer Shane Fitzgibbon (classic drummer Steve Riley has started his OWN version of the band, which also features former members Scotty Griffin and Kelly Nickels). The Missing Peace was a kick-ass album and one of the best in its year of release. But does lightning strike twice for the Guns boys?

I’ll be honest; I was so big a fan of The Missing Peace, LA Guns could have just made a “copycat” album to follow it up and I would have loved it just the same. If you’re not a fan of repetition, fear not; The Devil You Know is a whole new kind of animal. The group strips down and gives fans a more raw experience on this album which doesn’t shy away from their influences from the days of old, yet still feels like the Guns record we need in the modern world. It’s rare to see a band release two distinctly different albums back to back, yet they still feel accurately representative of that band. In the case of LA Guns, The Devil You Know is totally that record. These aren’t just leftover tracks from the last album. The band members keep things interesting for the fans, and still rock as hard as ever.

Did I mention the songs on here kick ass?

The Tracii/Phil team reuniting is a treat for all fans. Unlike many of his aging peers, Phil Lewis still has a fantastic voice which does justice to anything he sees; he’s a seriously underrated singer, and you’ll see just how talented and charismatic a frontman he is from the beginning to end of the record. Likewise, Tracii Guns is still a killer axeman who delivers on every single track. The rhythm section of Mr. Fitzgibbon and Mr. Martin prove to be no slouches either, carrying the album from front to back. It doesn’t hurt that the album is never boring, with every track being its own unique product. It’s one of the most diverse assortments of tracks the band has ever released.

The Devil You Know has just taken the title of “Best Album of 2019 So Far” from this headbanger. When it streets later this month, don’t hesitate to add it to your collection if you’re a fan.


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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