It is hard to believe that it was just over a year ago that Inglorious erupted on to the rock scene with their self-titled debut Inglorious. The critically acclaimed album was straightforward Rock and Roll compared to the likes of Whitesnake and Deep Purple. On May 12 they will release their sophomore album simply titled II. In the past lead singer Nathan James has been compared to greats like David Coverdale, Ian Gillian, and Paul Rogers. This comparison was accurate on the first album. II switches gears from an up-front rock album to add elements of blues and some funk. James’s voice on this album sound similar to Corey Glover of Living Color and Doug Pinnick of King’s X.
II opens with the track “I Don’t Need Your Loving.” It is a bluesy track with some strong guitar mixed it. James’s variably pitched voice is showcased nicely in this song. It is a perfect opening for the album, because it leads into one of my favorite tracks, “Taking the Blame.” This is a nice fast-paced song with touches of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” infused in it. The guitar work is solid and James’s vocals are at their best on this track.
Tracks three and four are “Tell Me Why” and “Read All About It.” In these songs James’ voice sounds very reminiscent of Doug Pinnick. These tracks have a hard blues sound mixed with some modern rock guitar making them stand out tracks also.
Other standout tracks on the album include “Hell or High Water” and “Black Magic.”
II is a solid album but different than their debut album, which is why I really enjoy it. It is steps away from the straightforward rock album concept, mixes in some blues and funk, which really works.