Lynam - 'Halfway To Hell'

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Lynam - 'Halfway To Hell'

There's enough variety and character to make you think it might be worth revisiting their back catalogue.

'Halfway To Hell' is the sixth album from Alabama-based Rock band Lynam. It consists of the '...Hell' EP (2013) plus some tracks from previous releases. The album is interesting in that it mashes together Melodic Rock elements of bands like Def Leppard with modern paces and sounds similar to the like of Black Veil Brides. It's easier, though, to take this four-piece seriously.

'Rise Up' is the closest to BVB but delivers all the unprocessed heaviness that the Brides lack. Like most of the tracks here, it closes neatly and sharply; the throaty A Cappella finish is a stylish addition. The title track sums up the band's overall style – solid Rock verses with melodic choruses. It's all very tidy and commercial but, with commercial often sounding overly negative, Lynam deliver a bit more bite than most Modern Rock on offer today.

'Dead Man's Parade' is a good example of the above, elements of Fatal Smile's moody undertones surround this song and drummer Dave Lynam makes some well-placed contributions. 'Cold' shows off the more retro, softer style of the band while 'Stone Bought Halo' rumbles from the bass and drums, overlaid with plenty of distorted guitar spiralling all over the show. It's anthemic without sounding too clean.

'Wrong Side Of The Grave' shows Lynam at their strength, they go heavy and they go all out. In terms of sound there are Crashdiet-esque whirrs of guitar in the bridge but overall these guys opt for a more modern polish over a Sleazier sound.

'Save My Soul' and 'Just Say Anything' Rock slower rhythms, stewing heavy drawn-out guitar but without losing any of their energy or power, despite the change in pace. The pre-chorus on 'Save My Soul' builds particularly nicely.

'Is This A Heartbreak Or A Loaded Gun' is the stand-out track and where the band's self-stated genre of Retro Metal comes into play more obviously. It's a statement of a track with all the presence and melody of DL but with a stylish modern spin.

Individually, these tracks pack a solid punch of Hard Rock and will appeal to modern fans of both Hard and more commercial Rock. As an album, there are times when the song structure and sound becomes a little samey but there's enough variety and character to make you think it might be worth revisiting their back catalogue.

Sophie Brownlee

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