Lionheart – Welcome to the Westcoast II Album Review

Lionheart – Welcome to the Westcoast II Album Review

3rd October 2017 0 By Craig

A little over a year ago California’s top Hardcore band Lionheart announced they were calling it a day because “balancing jobs and personal lives w/ trying to tour full time was impossible“, this was devastating news for the Hardcore community, luckily, the devastating news was to be short lived because Lionheart announced “…¬†it wasn’t long before we all missed it. This is what we’ve known for over a decade and this is who we are. We all miss playing shows and releasing music, so fuck it: We are back. We’ll never be a full time band again, but close friends of ours have encouraged us to join them on a short run, so we will share that info later today. We never should have broken up in the first place, but we’ve been fucking up since day 1 so why change now? Life is short. See you soon. LHHC.”

Opening up with Cali Stomp which is¬†an apology to their fans for breaking up and an explanation why the split up happened was a nice touch to the new album, I don’t think it was needed but it shows that Lionheart are really appreciative of their fans.¬†Still Bitter Still Cold opens with a nice meaty riff. The pace is slower than your typical Lionheart song but it has you drawn in right from the start.¬†Shelter is more upbeat and has more of a punk sound to it while¬†the opening to Cursed brings the heaviness to a whole other level while still sounding like a good ol’ Hardcore song.

Trial By fire is a standout song for me, starting off singing about making mistakes while the band were kids, singing about when they started the band – “We were never that good we just knew how to hustle” and “We used to give a damn but we never gave a fuck” moving on to the aforementioned hiatus and then onto touring.¬†Vultures continues with the heavy hardcore theme that is synonymous with any¬†Lionheart¬†song.¬†

The next track, Unhinged to me is the most random and pointless track ever, consisting of voicemail messages on frontman Rob Watson’s mobile from a guy who is pissed that his messages have been ignored. Luckily the track is only 1 minute and 52 seconds long because it seriously is not needed.¬†Thirty Years brings the album back onto the right track as does¬†Treading Water. The final track LHHC ’17¬†is my favourite track on the album and features¬†JJ Peters from Deez Nuts.

In a statement,¬†Lionheart said “When we started writing these songs we had no idea if they’d ever get released at all so there was no pressure, no timelines, and no expectations,¬†we wrote whatever the fuck we wanted and we ended up with the best shit we’ve ever written. No gimmicks, no hype, no bullshit- ‘WTTWC II’ is pissed, heavy, and straight-up.”¬†I have to agree, this album contains the best shit they’ve ever written….with the exception of¬†Unhinged obviously.

Score: 9 out of 10

Lionheart - Welcome to the Westcoast II Album CoverLionheart – Welcome to the Westcoast II Album Info

Tracklist:

1. Cali Stomp 
2. Still Bitter Still Cold
3. Shelter
4. Cursed
5. Trial By Fire
6. Vultures
7. Unhinged
8. Thirty Years
9. Treading Water
10. LHHC ’17

Record Label:
Beatdown Hardwear

Release Date:
10th November 2017

For Fans Of:
Hatebreed, Terror, Madball, Blood For Blood

Order Welcome To The Westcoast II here

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