The 80’s revival of hard rock and heavy metal has never been so sweet and to add some icing onto that delicious cake, L.A Guns are back with The Missing Peace, and the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis is back with a bang.
The invigorating album rips open with “It’s All The Same To Me,” and what a cracking opener, with it’s fast pace and classic 80’s sound. It’s utterly infectious and makes you want to climb on top of a bar and dance the night away. “Speed” races in within a blink of an eye and to be honest, it actually sounds like it could be on speed, in a good way! It’s addictive, endearing and it has this ability to make you crave more. Just as you’re about to recover from that high, “A Drop Of Bleach” flows in with a harder, deeper and faster sound. The rhythm section explodes with such goodness, which you know is bad for you although you can’t resist its devilish charm.
“Sticky Fingers” follows with its dark essence as it winds and maneuvers around you. It’s sticky sweet inside and out with sultry guitars and hard drumming, which will knock you for six. This very moorish track will have you yearning for more. “Christine” slows the tempo down with a ballad full of hope, optimism and past love. This song allows you to sit back and soak up the very relatable lyrics. It glimmers like a candle, before the flame is blown out.
Just as you start to see a softer side to the band, don’t be fooled as “Baby Gotta Fever” turns that speed dial right back up for a very hot and meaty track. You can feel the temperature rising as it steers forward and pulls you along for the ride. Trust me, you will have a fever for L.A. Guns before the tune is over. “Kill It Or Die” is up next and boy, what a funky, groove filled number and don’t let the scary title fool you, its not that dangerous. It really allows the listener to focus on the band’s musicianship, as they kill it and also, how it blends together for an exceedingly badass track. The boys did good. “Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight” is an absolute anthem from start to finish. Its heavy, infectious and full of stamina. Don’t take it lightly and proceed with caution, as you don’t want to be getting into something you can’t handle.
“The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain” pours in with raw emotion, as it overspills and floods everything in sight. It’s stunning, melodic and stripped to its core. The angry skies loom, as the soaring guitars have their moment of glory. “The Devil Made Me Do It” is urgent, as the tempo picks up again. It is brutal, full of sin and irresistible.
The albums title track “The Missing Peace” is next and it starts off slow for a split second, as it reveals something much bigger and grandeur in the music stakes. It’s a strong and defining moment on the album, about how nothing is perfect and how it can all crumble in a second. It’s beautiful, yet full of jagged edges, as it really hits home, especially in today’s world and the tragedies we all have to deal with. Can we all live in peace as one?
“Gave It All Away” brings this epic album to its close and just when you think that you know who this band are, they whip out a Spanish guitar for an unforgettable intro, as it lures you in to a false sense of security. The song reveals its true identity not long after, with dramatic undertones and stand out vocals. What else is there left to say, but it’s metal at its finest.
The Missing Peace is inspiring, real and everything you want in an album.