Inglorious - 'self-titled'
Nathan James - vocals
Wil Taylor - guitarist
Andreas Zäta Eriksson - guitarist
Colin Parkinson - bass
Phil Beaver - Drums
1.) "Until I Die" - This intro consisted of a heavily influenced Jon Lord (Deep Purple) organ arrangement. The notes that was used along with the sound of the organ itself was reminiscent to the stuff Jon Lord played on Deep Purple's 'Perfect Strangers' CD that was released on October 29, 1984. Underneath the organ arrangement there was a tom-tom pattern along with several triplets played on the ride cymbal. After the first ride cymbal triplet, a bass line kicks-in. Phil switched from a tom-tom pattern to a snare fill connecting the intro with the musical verse. There was a rhythm guitar arrangement connecting the musical intro with the musical verse. The rhythm guitar that opens the musical verse is one measure long. For the second measure, the drum and bass line kicks-in underneath the rhythm guitar. There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the opening lyric line of the verse. The way Nathan phrased the lyrics gave the vocal lines a Ray Gillen (Badlands) sound. The rhythm guitar riff that connected the musical intro with the musical verse also was used to connect each lyric line of the verse. For the musical chorus the band used a rhythm guitar arrangement that as very similar to the one that connected the intro with the musical verse. For the chorus instead of backing vocals they added a vocal echo when Nathan sings the lyrics until I die. After the second chorus there was a musical breakdown. This musical breakdown consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. Over the top of the rhythm guitar arrangements of the breakdown, Nathan sings several musical accents. The drum line of the breakdown section consisted of a bass drum kick. The vocal accents Nathan sings over the top of the top of the musical breakdown really shows his vocal ability. After the breakdown section there was a lead guitar solo. The solo sounded as if it was played using a wah-wah effects pedal.
2.) "Breakaway" - This intro opens with a classic rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of a hi-hat pattern and bass line. After four measures Phil kicks in the drum line. Te band used the same guitar rhythm for the musical intro as the one they used for the musical verse. For the musical verse the band kicks-in a second rhythm guitar arrangement. Both Wil & Andreas is playing the same rythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse. Underneath the opening lyric line both guitarist are playing the same rhythm guitar change. The way the band arranged the lyric lines gave the lyric lines a seventies rock feel. There was a musical rest underneath the lyric "breakaway" connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. For the musical chorus underneath the lyric lines and rhythm guitar there was a minor lead guitar solo. The second verse and second chorus consisted of the same musical arrangement as the first and second. After the second chorus there was a major lead guitar solo. After the lead guita solo there was a sort musical breakdown section.
3.) "High Flying Gypsy" - This track opened with a measure that consisted of four guitar riffs. These four riffs were done with a effects pedal. After the first measure the band kicks the song in. For the main body of the intro the band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement that opened the song without the effects. The rhythm guitar riff after the song kicks in the song musically has a Led Zeppelin feel. The drum and bass line of this song was very heavy sounding. When the lyric lines kick-in the only thing that was change was the drum line. After the verse there was a small lead guitar lick and a rhythm change for the pre-chorus. There was a minor led guitar solo connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus. There was several lead guitar licks underneath the last lyric line of the chorus and the second pre-chorus after the chorus. After the second pre-chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a second chorus. This track did not consist of a lead guitar solo.
4.) "Holy Water" - The opening measure of this song consisted of four rhythm guitar riffs separated by musical rests. Underneath the last riff the drum line kicks in. Underneath the main guitar arrangement there is a second rhythm arrangement. The band used the same rhythm arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro. The vocals lines had a huge Glenn Hughes feel to them. There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus. The vocal lines of the chorus gave the song a huge hook. After the third chorus there was a heavy metal/blues lead guitar solo. After the solo the band speeded up the beats per minute.
5.) "Warning" - The rhythm guitar that opened this track consisted of a very heavy rhythm guitar riff. Underneath the fourth riff the drum and bass line kicks in. There was a minor lead guitar solo over the top of the intro section. There was a pick slide effect connecting the intro with the musical verse. The musical verse consisted of a rhythm guitar change. For the musical verse the band speeded the musical arrangement up. Over the top of the opening musical verse there was a huge vocal scream. After the second chorus there was a blistering lead guitar solo. I guess every rock band needs one song that shows their speed and power, I guess this song was it. For me I thought the arrangement was just a little too heavy.
6.) "Bleed For You" - This intro opens with two different acoustic guitar arrangements. There as a minor lead guitar solo connecting the musical intro with the verse. Because of the lyrical content I feel the band should have kept this song acoustic. The song is good it just would have been a better sounding ong if it has been acoustic.
7.) "Girl Got A Gun" - This track opens with three Pink Floyd influenced guitar riffs. The vocal kicks in over the top of the fourth riff. After the second lyric line there was a short musical rest. There was a rhythm change for the musical chorus. The chorus consisted of a huge vocal hook. After the third chorus there was a lead guitar solo. Underneath the solo there was several drum fills.
8.) "You're Mine" - This track opened with a very simple rhythm guitar riff. The band used the same musical rhythm for the verse as the one for the intro. There was a musical rest underneath the first four lyric line. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. The chorus consisted of a huge vocal hook. After the second chorus there was a musical breakdown section. During this breakdown would have been a great place to have added a lead guitar solo. However the song consisted of no lead guitar solo.
9.) "Inglorious" - The rhythm guitar that opened this track ran over the top of the intro section. The guitar riffs along with the drum and bass line gave the song an early speed metal sound. The first few vocal lines were done with a strange vocal effect. The main lyric lines of the chorus was amazing. Underneath the third verse there was a minor lead guitar solo. After the fourth chorus there was a classical music breakdown. As abstract as this song was it still was very cool and I can see way they released it as a single.
10.) "Unaware" - This was just an amazing song!!!!!
11.) "Wake" - This ballad was one of the three releases on the CD that makes the CD well worth buying!
Fronted by Trans-Siberian Orchestra alum Nathan James Inglorous's self-titled release may be one of the most anticipated releases of 2016. As soon as you put the CD in and you hear the heavily influenced Jon Lord organ along with the heavily influenced Glenn Hughes vocal sound you are instantly reminded of seventies Deep Purple.
INGLORIOUS were a breath of fresh air – they built on all the classic components of seventies rock 'n' roll something we all know and love. Bands have managed to do this for years and somehow always miss the mark! However, INGLORIOUS with their uniquely brilliant sound have hit the bulls eye with their first arrow and then spit it with the second one. INGLORIOUS has made rock 'n' roll and hard rock fun again! By looking at the 2016 release schedule I see no reason why this CD should not be one of the releases of the year!