Nashville, Tennessee might be internationally known as the metropolis
of country music but every now and then a rock band flies off
from their nest. Such is the case for Ligion, whose music
has similarities to the meaty intensity of their Nashville brethren
Three Doors Down. Ligion's debut album External Affairs
on Maple Jam/Bellum Records, produced by Greg Ladanyi (co-producer
for Don Henley), is a steady flow of consistently great
modern rock tunes. The rhythm section of drummer Johannes
and bass player Levi excels at kneading rumbles along the
melodic folds. The guitar riffs of Seth and June,
who also sing backup, are exhilarating, reaching fast and furious
rates. The vocal registers of lead singer Ligion himself
have an intrinsic likeness to Trapt's lead singer Chris
Brown. The combination of all these elements make for an album
that has the same merits as any album from Crossfade, Shinedown
It is hard to say which tracks stand out because all of them
are kneaded and woven so perfectly with excellently placed tempo
changes and transitional chords that even a producer like Mutt
Lange (AC/DC, Shania Twain, Def Leppard,
The Corrs) has to be amazed by and should feel like he
has something to learn from this album. The placement of the tracks
is meticulously done where the band does four rounds of rigorous
hard rock tempo numbers that build up adrenaline and then the
album wanes down with the rock ballad "Pins And Needles,"
which combines soaring guitar flourishes and orchestral string
arrangements. The album returns to its turbulent riffs and accelerated
hard rock tempos. June also adds in some keyboards which packs
the songs with a fatter installation to create a more portly sound.
Ligion's massive sound is reminiscent of bands like Three Days
Grace, Default, Trust Company, and Thornley.
The lyrics have a similarity to Three Days Grace in that they
look inside the narrator of their words. They are introspective
and go into the deep recesses of the soul and hope to rid itself
of toxins and lingering painful emotions. The lyrics are like
a cleansing process with phrases like "All this time I've
waited patiently to find the other side of me/ So far it hasn't
come to be/ Yeah, wasted nights where do they all come from."
All of the songs have Ligion and June's stamp on them with a hand
full of other songwriters like their producer Ladanyi and
Ligion's debut album External Affairs is pretty cool.
The songs are sewn meticulously with a great arena rock sound
in each track. They have all the ingredients that make for a power
rock band, and all that coming out of Nashville. Does Nashville
know they sowed this? It's a nice surprise and one that compliments
their music town notoriety.
1. On The Way
2. Lost My Car
3. Get Over Me
5. Pins And Needles
6. Weak (The International War)
7. Come On
8. For You
9. The Other Side
10. Hey Hey (I Don't Care)
11. Carry Me
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