Take five guys at the very top of their musical game, who play meaty, organic rock, filled with soul and passion. They are about to release their fourth album called `Heroine’, but wait, this is not an album filled with tales of drug-fuelled nights on the road, oh no these guys have thrown us a curveball this time as it is actually a covers album. Inglorious never do things by halves, so this is not your average dad-rock covers. It is in fact, eleven songs, all by females and all of whom are successful stars in their own right. Some are rock artists, such as Joan Jett, Heart and Evanescence, but also to be found here are tracks by Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera no less. Nathan James and the band have been able to place the familiar powerhouse Inglorious on every track. A brave move, but one which has worked better than could ever have been imagined.
Whitney Houston’s `Queen Of The Night’ is the album opener and whilst Houston is no rocker, the axe-wielding duo of Danny Dela Cruz and Dan Stevens breathe life into the song making it rock with the best of them.
I’ve always been a big fan of Heart and the pounding riff Nancy Wilson and co lay down on `Barracuda’ is nothing short of iconic, so here Dela Cruz and Stevens keep to the original arrangement but what does leap out is Nathan James vocal performance here. It is out of this world! What power and range that man has, and all executed with feeling.
We all know Miley Cyrus has covered Zep and Metallica tracks, so now its time for the rock world to cover Cyrus! `Midnight Sky’ now takes on a more sinister feel as the thunderous bass line pounds along and twin guitars release a filthy rifferama which is then topped off by Mr James more menacing vocal. The next track will be familiar to most people and stays fairly true to its origins as Tina Turner’s `Nutbush City Limits’ grinds its way along.
We return with another spine-tingling moment as the boy’s rendition of Evanescence `Bring Me To Life’ really hit the spot. Amy Lee’s original vocal, accompanied by the haunting piano intro was brilliant, but this goes to a whole new level replete with moody background vocals and another stellar outing for Nathan James vocal cords. Can an epic song become even more epic? Well, Inglorious have managed it!
Christina Aguilera’s `Fighter’ gains some attitude and strut with James delivery whilst Avril Lavigne’s `I’m With You’ get exposed to the emotional and passionate side of the great man’s voice. Joan Jett’s `I Hate Myself For Loving You` was already full of attitude but again the band raise the bar once more and smash this out of the park.
If there was ever a time where anger can be heard in a vocal then James singing on Halestorm’s `I Am The Fire’ is it. He is literally singing on the limit with such fire and emotion here. As a complete opposite, however, James is also a master of the ballad and Cyndi Lauper’s `Time After Time’ is a real tear-jerker.
The Album closer, Alanis Morrisette’s `Uninvited’ sees a whirlpool of drama, angst and attitude released into what is already an emotion-filled track making it even more powerful.
There is no doubt that Inglorious have succeeded in pulling off a stunning covers album full of tracks that have been given a new twist and a new lease of life Inglorious style, helped in no small part by the fact that Nathan James vocal abilities are beyond reproach and that his fellow band members are equally adept with their instruments. The female artists covered here should be very honoured to have been included.
1. Queen Of The Night (Whitney Houston cover)
2. Barracuda (Heart cover)
3. Midnight Sky (Miley Cyrus cover)
4. Nutbush City Limits (Tina Turner cover)
5. Bring Me To Life (Evanescence cover)
6. Fighter (Christina Aguilera cover)
7. I’m With You (Avril Lavigne cover)
8. I Hate Myself For Loving You (Joan Jett cover)
9. I Am The Fire (Halestorm cover)
10. Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper cover)
11. Uninvited (Alanis Morissette cover)
UK Tour Dates: Sat 4thSept Storming the Castle, Witton Castle, UK Fri 10thSept Rock City, Nottingham UK headline show Wed 15thSept Guildhall, Gloucester UK headline show Thurs 16thSept Phoenix, Exeter UK headline show Fri 17thSept Junction, Plymouth UK headline show Sun 19thSept Engine Rooms, Southampton UK headline show Mon 20thSept Chalk, Brighton UKheadline show Tues 21stSept The Fleece, Bristol UK headline show Wed 22ndSept Islington Assembly Hall, London UK Fri 24thSept Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes headline show Sat 25thSept Sin City, Swansea UK headline show Sun 26thSept The Asylum Venue, Birmingham UK headline show Mon 27thSept Waterfront, Norwich UK headline show Thurs 30thSept Phase One, Liverpool UK headline show Fri 1stOct The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent UK headline show Sat 2ndOct The Tivoli, Buckley UK headline show Sun 3rdOct Academy 3, Manchester UK headline show Tues 5thOct Riverside, Newcastle UK headline show Wed 6thOct The Cathouse, Glasgow UK headline show Thurs 7thOct Night Train, Bradford UK headline show Fri 8thOct Picture Drome, Holmfirth UK headline show Fri 26thNov Winterstorm, Irvine UK
Nathan James – Lead Vocals
Danny De La Cruz – Guitar
Dan Stevens – Guitar
Vinnie Colla – Bass Guitar
Phil Beaver – Drums/Percussion