Liege Lord - Freedom's Rise (Old Metal) 1985
Liege Lord's acclaimed first disc from 1985. This disc features original vocalist Andy Michaud, who sings in a much higher key than Joe Comeau, who took over for Andy in 1988. I still haven't decided which singer I like better. "Freedom's Rise" is fast, powerful heavy metal with smoking lead work and loads of double bass. The music is obviously very influenced by the NWOBHM bands, but also on the early 80's metal scene that was growing by leaps and bounds by this time in the U.S. Nice cover art with tons of photos, showing the band in their various incarnations throughout the 80's. This disc was also re-released in Japan on Black Dragon Records.
Liege Lord - Burn to My Touch (Metal Blade) 1987
Yet another classic heavy metal album, very similar in style to "Freedom's Rise" or even the first two Laaz Rockit discs. Their sophomore release once again features original vocalist Andy Michaud. This particular disc is from Metal Blade Germany. Picked it up on eBay for around $5.
Liege Lord - Master Control (Metal Blade) 1988
1. "Fear Itself"
Excellent American speed/power metal. This one originally came out in 1988, but was re-released by Metal Blade in 1998. This version of the band reunited in '98 and played the Wacken Festival in Germany in 2000. Would have liked to have seen that. After owning this discs for a few years, I can still say that it frequents my cd player. As a matter of fact, after playing it through one day in January 2001, I began as search for the rest of their catalogue. "Kill the King" is a Dio-era Rainbow cover.