Artists (L)

L.A. Guns

– L.A. Guns (1988) 3.00 stars
– Cocked and Loaded (1989) 3.00 stars
– Hollywood Vampires (1991) 3.00 stars


Labÿrinth

– No Limits (1996) 4.00 stars
– Return to Heaven Denied (1998) 4.00 stars
– Sons of Thunder (2000) 4.00 stars
– Labyrinth (2003) 4.50 stars
– Freeman (2005) 4.00 stars
– 6 Days to Nowhere (2007) 4.00 stars
– Return to Heaven Denied Pt. II (2010) 4.00 stars


Lack of Faith

– Aeternus Caligatio (2003) 3.50 stars


Lacuna Coil

– Halflife (2000) 2.50 stars
– Unleashed Memories (2001) 3.00 stars


The Ladder

– Future Miracles (2004) 4.00 stars
– Sacred (2007) 4.00 stars


Laghonia

– Glue (1968) NOT RATED
– Etcetera (1969) NOT RATED


Lake

Lake (1976) 4.50 stars
– Lake II (1978) 3.50 stars
– Paradise Island (1979) 4.00 stars
– Ouch! (1980) 3.00 stars


Lalu

– Oniric Metal (2005) 4.50 stars
– Atomic Ark (2013) 4.00 stars


Lana Lane

– Love Is an Illusion (1995) 4.00 stars
– Curious Goods (1996) 4.00 stars
– Garden of the Moon (1998) 3.50 stars
– Queen of the Ocean (1999) 3.50 stars
– Secrets of Astrology (2000) 4.00 stars
– Project Shangri-La (2002) 3.50 stars
– Covers Collection (2002) 4.00 stars
– Winter Sessions (2003) 3.50 stars
– Lady Macbeth (2005) 4.00 stars
– Gemini (2006) 4.00 stars
– Red Planet Boulevard (2007) 4.00 stars
– El Dorado Hotel (2012) 3.50 stars

One of my favorite recent discoveries.  Lana Lane’s voice reminds me of Ann Wilson’s (of Heart fame), while the music is a terrific mixture of solid and catching hard rock tunes liberally sprinkled with symphonic and progressive rock passages and backgrounds. Each of the albums in Lana’s extensive catalogue is highly polished, masterfully produced, recorded, and mixed, while the musicians on her albums are all extremely capable. I also love how she devotes several albums in her catalogue to covering songs by other bands (from Uriah Heep and Argent and Rainbow, to lesser-known acts such as Aviary), and in the majority of cases, her performances surpass the original versions or offer completely different arrangements and moods. Keyboardist Erik Norlander (Lana’s husband) makes his presence known throughout, adding his songwriting skills to much of the material, so with his input and guidance, you’re sure everything is as close to perfection as possible.

This is the closest anyone will get to a band such as Heart trying their hand at progressive and symphonic rock. (In fact, Lana even covers Heart’s “Johnny Moon”—interestingly merged with Pink Floyd’s “Breathe”—on her Gemini album.) Great music with an excellent vocalist!


Lance King

– A Moment in Chiros (2011) 4.00 stars


Landberk

– Lonely Land (1992) NOT RATED


Landmarq

– Solitary Witness (1992) 4.00 stars
– The Vision Pit (1995) 4.50 stars
Entertaining Angels (2012) 4.50 stars

Although this Prog-Rock band started out with a male vocalist (the talented Damian Wilson from Threshold, et al), Landmarq changed vocalists after its third album in 1995, this time adding a female. And what an exceptional vocalist they hired in the form of Tracy Hitchings.

Damn, Hitchings has one of the best voices in all of Progressive Rock…or hell, in ANY style. Her range is extraordinary, hitting unimaginable highs and harmonizing with herself to the point where her voice sends chills of excitement down one’s spine. To compare, her style and tone is quite similar to singers such as Lana Lane, Sandy Saraya, Ann Wilson, Sabine Edelsbacher (Edenbridge), Allison von Buelow (Scarlet Hollow/Echoes Landing), etc. The band struck gold when they hired her! Kudos!


Landskap

– I (2014) 3.50 stars
II (2014) 4.00 stars
– III (2016) 3.50 stars


Lanfear

– The Art Effect (2003) 4.50 stars
– Another Golden Rage (2005) 4.00 stars
– X to the Power of Ten (2008) 4.00 stars
– This Harmonic Consonance (2012) 4.00 stars


L’Anima

– Departures (2017) NOT RATED


Lard Free

– Gilbert Artman’s Lard Free (1973) NOT RATED


Last Autumn’s Dream

– Last Autumn’s Dream (2003) 4.00 stars
– A Touch of Heaven (2009) 4.00 stars
– Yes (2010) 4.00 stars
– Nine Lives (2011) 4.00 stars


Last Crack

Burning Time (1991) 5.00 stars
– Runheadstartscreaming (1994) NOT RATED


The Last Embrace

– The Winding Path (2015) 4.00 stars


Last in Line

– Heavy Crown (2016) 4.00 stars


Last Tribe

– The Ritual (2001) 4.50 stars
– Witch Dance (2002) 4.50 stars
– The Uncrowned (2003) 4.50 stars


Last Warning

– Throughout Time (2009) 4.00 stars


Lasting Weep

– Lasting Weep (1969-1971) (2007) NOT RATED


Laura Meade

– Remedium (2018) NOT RATED


Lava Engine

– In Bloom (2015) NOT RATED


La-Ventura

– A New Beginning (2007) 3.50 stars

This band from the Netherlands, led by singer Carla van Huizen, showed promise. I’ve heard only the first release (of two) and rather enjoyed the band’s take on Symphonic Metal / Gothic Metal, especially tracks such as “Memoria,” with its interesting arrangement, orchestration, and melodic vocal passages. With the right material and production quality, I felt they could develop into a rather popular act, especially with Carla’s vocals leading the way.


The Law

– The Law (1991) 4.00 stars


Lazaro

– Vision (2010) 4.00 stars


Lazuli

– Tant que l’herbe est grasse (2014) 4.00 stars


Leaf Hound

– Growers of Mushroom (1971) 3.50 stars
Unleashed (2007) 3.50 stars


League of Lights

– League of Lights (2011) 4.00 stars


Leah

– Of Earth & Angels (2012) 4.00 stars
– Otherworld (2013) NOT RATED


Leap Day

– Awaking the Muse (2009) 4.00 stars
– Skylge’s Lair (2011) 4.00 stars
– From the Days of Deucalion Chapter 1 (2013) 4.00 stars
From the Days of Deucalion Chapter 2 (2015) 4.50 stars
– Timelapse (2018) NOT RATED


Leatherwolf

– Leatherwolf (1987) 3.00 stars


Leaves’ Eyes

– Lovelorn (2004) 3.50 stars
– Elegy (2005) 3.50 stars
– Vinland Saga (2005) 3.50 stars
– Legend Land (2006) 3.50 stars
– My Destiny (2009) NOT RATED
Njord (2009) 3.50 stars
– At Heaven’s End (2010) NOT RATED
– Meredead (2011) NOT RATED
– Symphonies of the Night (2013) NOT RATED
Sign Of The Dragonhead (2018) 3.50 stars


Leb I Sol

– Leb I Sol (1977) NOT RATED


Led Zeppelin

– Led Zeppelin (1969) 4.50 stars
– Led Zeppelin II (1969) 4.50 stars
– Led Zeppelin III (1970) 4.00 stars
– Led Zeppelin [IV] (1971) 5.00 stars
– Houses of the Holy (1973) 4.00 stars
– Physical Graffiti (1975) 4.00 stars
– Presence (1976) 3.50 stars
– The Song Remains the Same (1976) 2.50 stars
– In Through the Out Door (1979) 3.00 stars
– Coda (1982) 2.50 stars


Lee Aaron

– Metal Queen (1984) 3.50 stars


Lee Abraham

– Black & White (2009) 4.00 stars


Lee Z

– Time Will Tell (1995) 3.50 stars
– Shadowland (2005) 4.00 stars


Legend (UK)

– Spirit (2013) NOT RATED


Legend

Fröm the Fjörds (1979) 4.00 stars


Legend Of The Seagullmen

– Legend Of The Seagullmen (2018) NOT RATED


Legenda Aurea

– Sedna (2007) 4.00 stars
– Ellipsis (2009) 4.00 stars


Legs Diamond

Legs Diamond (1977) 4.50 stars
– A Diamond Is a Hard Rock (1978) 5.00 stars
– Fire Power (1979) 3.00 stars
– Out on Bail (1984) 3.50 stars
– Land of the Gun (1986) 4.50 stars
– Town Bad Girl (1990) 4.50 stars
– The Wish (1993) 4.00 stars
– Uncut Diamond (1999) 4.50 stars


Leitmotiv

– Entangled (2007) 3.50 stars


Lemur Voice

– Insights (1996) 4.50 stars
– Divided (1999) 4.00 stars


L’Engoulevent

– L’Île où vivent les loups (1977) NOT RATED
– Étoifilan (1979) NOT RATED


The Lens

– A Word in Your Eye (2001) 3.00 stars
– Regeneration (2010) 3.00 stars

Associated with the band IQ due to its members, fans should be aware that the music on offer here (although pleasant enough) is also occasionally boring, and not even close to the music of IQ when it comes to the excitement level, songwriting quality, or the emotion associated with that band. For “IQ completists” only. Just average.


Leprous

– Aeolia (2006) 3.50 stars


Le Roux

– Last Safe Place (1982) 3.00 stars
– So Fired Up (1983) 4.50 stars


Leslie West

Mountain (1969) 4.00 stars


Lesoir

– Latitude (2017) NOT RATED


Lethal

– Poison Seed (1996) 3.00 stars


Leverage

– Tides (2006) 4.50 stars
– Blind Fire (2008) 4.50 stars
– Circus Colossus (2009) 4.50 stars


Leviathan (IT)

– Volume (1998) NOT RATED


Leviathan

– Riddles, Questions, Poetry & Outrage (1996) 3.00 stars
– Scoring the Chapters (1997) 3.00 stars
– At Long Last, Progress Stopped to Follow (2011) 3.00 stars


Lifesigns

– Lifesigns (2013) 4.00 stars


Light Damage

– Light Damage (2015) 4.00 stars


Light Of Darkness

– Light Of Darkness (1971) NOT RATED


Lighthouse

– One Fine Light (1971) 3.00 stars
– One Fine Morning (1971) 4.00 stars
– Thoughts of Movin’ On (1971) 4.00 stars
– Lighthouse Live! (1972) 4.00 stars
– Sunny Days (1972) 4.50 stars
– Can You Feel It? (1973) 3.50 stars
– Good Day (1974) 2.50 stars


Lightseekers

– Flying Free (2008) 4.00 stars


Lightshine

– Feeling (1976) NOT RATED


Lightspeed

– Waves (2006) NOT RATED


Like Wendy

– The Storm Inside (1998) NOT RATED


Lillian Axe

– Lillian Axe (1988) 3.50 stars
– Love + War (1989) 3.50 stars
– Poetic Justice (1992) 3.50 stars
Psychoschizophrenia (1993) 4.00 stars


Lily

– V.C.U. (We See You) (1973) NOT RATED


Line of Fire

– Line of Fire (2005) 4.00 stars
– Momentum (2010) 4.00 stars


Lion

– Trouble in Angel City (1989) 3.50 stars


Lion’s Share

– Lion’s Share (1995) 4.50 stars
– Emotional Coma (2007) 3.50 stars
– Dark Hours (2009) 4.00 stars


Lionheart

– Hot Tonight (1984) 3.50 stars


Lionville

– Lionville (2011) 4.00 stars
– II (2012) 4.00 stars


Liquid Horizon

– Revolutions (2007) 4.00 stars
– The Script of Life (2011) 4.00 stars


A Liquid Landscape

– Nightingale Express (2012) 3.00 stars
– The Largest Fire Known to Man (2014) 3.00 stars


Liquid Scarlet

– Liquid Scarlet (2004) NOT RATED
– II (2005) NOT RATED


Liquid Tension Experiment

– Liquid Tension Experiment (1998) 4.50 stars
– Liquid Tension Experiment 2 (1999) 4.50 stars


Liquorworks

– Psycho Soundwaves (2016) NOT RATED


Lisa Bade

– Suspicion (1982) 3.50 stars


Lita Ford

– Dancin’ on the Edge (1984) 2.50 stars


Lithium Dawn

– Tearing Back the Veil I: Ascension (2015) NOT RATED


Little Angels

– Don’t Prey for Me (1989) 4.50 stars
– Young Gods (1991) 4.00 stars
– Jam (1993) 3.50 stars


Little Atlas

– Neverworldly (1998) 4.00 stars
– Surface Serene (2003) NOT RATED
Wanderlust (2005) 4.00 stars
– Hollow (2007) 4.00 stars
– Automatic Day (2013) NOT RATED


Little Cæsar

Little Cæsar (1990) 4.00 stars
– Influence (1992) 3.50 stars
– Redemption (2009) 3.50 stars
– American Dream (2012) 3.50 stars


Little River Band

Playing to Win (1985) 4.50 stars
– No Reins (1986) 4.50 stars
– Get Lucky (1990) 3.50 stars


Little Tragedies

– At Nights (2014) NOT RATED


Livit

– Unspoken (1995) 3.50 stars


Lizard

– Master and M (2013) NOT RATED


Lizzy Borden

– Love You to Pieces (1985) 3.50 stars
– Menace to Society (1986) 4.00 stars
– Visual Lies (1987) 4.00 stars


The Load

– Load Have Mercy (1998) 3.00 stars


Lobate Scarp

– Time and Space (2012) NOT RATED


Locanda delle Fate

– Forse le lucciole non si amano più (1977) 4.00 stars


Locomotive

– We Are Everything You See (1970) NOT RATED


Logical Riddle

Evolution (2012) 0.50 stars


Logos

– L’enigma della vita (2014) 4.00 stars


London Underground

– Honey Drops (2010) NOT RATED


Lonely Robot

– Please Come Home (2015) 4.00 stars

This isn’t really a band at all, but instead a solo release by John Mitchell, guitarist and vocalist for It Bites, Frost*, Kino, Arena, etc. Without any liner notes, I’m sorry to say I can’t tell how many friends John included on this release—there’s certainly a female guest vocalist on one track—but John’s influence dominates. Therefore, fans of John’s aforementioned bands should grab a copy of this album since you’ll probably find much to enjoy in this well-produced and well-performed collection of tracks. I sure did.


Lonewolf

– Army of the Damned (2012) 2.00 stars


Long Earth

– The Source (2017) 3.00 stars


Looking Glass

– Looking Glass (1972) NOT RATED


Loonypark

– Perpetual (2016) NOT RATED


Lord of Mushrooms

– Lord Of Mushrooms (2002) NOT RATED
– 7 Deadly Songs (2005) 4.50 stars
– Perspectives (2012) NOT RATED


Lords of Black

– Lords of Black (2014) 4.00 stars
II (2016) 4.00 stars


The Lords of the New Church

– The Lords of the New Church (1982) 2.50 stars


Lord Tracy

– Deaf Gods of Babylon (1989) 3.00 stars


LoreWeaveR

– Imperviae Auditiones (2011) 4.00 stars


Lorraine Lewis

Lorraine Lewis (2001) 2.50 stars


Los Angeles

– Los Angeles (2007) 4.50 stars
– Neverland (2009) 4.50 stars


Lost Horizon

– Awakening the World (2001) 4.00 stars
– A Flame to the Ground Beneath (2003) 4.00 stars


Lost in Thought

– Opus Arise (2011) 4.50 stars


Lost Tales

– A Volo Radente (1999) NOT RATED


Lou Gramm

– Ready or Not (1987) 3.50 stars
– Long Hard Look (1989) 3.50 stars


Lou Reed

– Transformer (1972) 2.00 stars


Loudness

– The Birthday Eve (1981) 3.00 stars
– Devil Soldier (1982) 3.50 stars
– The Law of Devil’s Land (1983) 3.50 stars
Disillusion (1984) 4.00 stars
– Thunder in the East (1985) 4.00 stars
– Lightning Strikes (1986) 4.00 stars
– Hurricane Eyes (1987) 4.00 stars
– Jealousy (1988) 4.00 stars
– Early Singles (1989) 4.00 stars
– Soldier of Fortune (1989) 4.00 stars
– On the Prowl (1991) 3.50 stars
– Loud ‘n’ Rare (1991) 3.50 stars
– Loudness (1992) 3.50 stars
– Heavy Metal Hippies (1994) 3.50 stars
– Ghetto Machine (1997) 3.00 stars
– Dragon (1998) 1.50 stars
– Engine (1999) 1.50 stars
– Spiritual Canoe (2001) 1.50 stars
– Pandemonium (2001) 1.50 stars
– Biosphere (2002) 1.50 stars
– Terror Hakuri (2004) 1.50 stars
– Racing (2004) 1.50 stars
– Breaking the Taboo (2006) 1.50 stars
– Metal Mad (2008) 1.50 stars
– Eve to Dawn (2011) 2.00 stars


Love.Might.Kill

– Brace for Impact (2011) 4.00 stars


Loverboy

– Loverboy (1980) 3.50 stars
– Get Lucky (1981) 3.00 stars
– Keep It Up (1983) 3.00 stars
– Lovin’ Every Minute of It (1985) 3.00 stars
– Wildside (1987) 3.00 stars


Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody

– Ascending to Infinity (2012) 4.00 stars


Lucid Dream

– Otherworldly (2016) NOT RATED


Lucifer’s Friend

– Lucifer’s Friend (1970) 5.00 stars
– Where the Groupies Killed the Blues (1972) 4.00 stars
– I’m Just a Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer (1973) 4.00 stars
Banquet (1974) 4.50 stars
– Mind Exploding (1976) 4.50 stars
– Good Time Warrior (1978) 4.00 stars
Sneak Me In (1980) 4.00 stars
– Mean Machine (1981) 4.00 stars
– Sumo Grip (1994) 3.50 stars
– Awakening (2015) 3.50 stars
– Too Late to Hate (2016) 4.50 stars

See my “Lucifer’s Friend – An Overview” for more information.


Lucifer Was

– Blues From Hellah (2004) 4.00 stars
– The Crown Of Creation (2010) NOT RATED
– DiesGrows (2014) NOT RATED


Lumerians

– The High Frontier (2013) NOT RATED


Lumus

– Bacchus’ Curse (2012) 4.00 stars


Lunatica

– Atlantis (2001) 2.50 stars
– The Edge of Infinity (2006) 3.50 stars


Lunatic Soul

– Lunatic Soul (2008) 2.00 stars
Impressions (2011) 1.50 stars

Damn, I find these albums horribly boring, as bland as their album covers. I do not recommend them in the least. Although perhaps I’m missing something since I know several people who adore this group and praise everything the band releases. But I, on the other hand, find nothing of excitement on either of these two albums, even after numerous attempts.


L’Uovo Di Colombo

– L’Uovo Di Colombo (1973) NOT RATED


Lynch Mob

– Wicked Sensation (1990) 3.50 stars
– Lynch Mob (1992) 3.50 stars


Lynyrd Skynyrd

– Pronounced (1973) 4.00 stars
– Second Helping (1974) 4.00 stars
– Nuthin’ Fancy (1975) 3.50 stars
– Lynyrd Skynyrd (1991) 4.00 stars


Lyrian

– The Jester’s Quest in the City of Glass (2016) NOT RATED