Better than I expected
Honestly I didn't expect this record to be all that good because of the sophomore jinx but I am pleasantly surprised. This is a solid record with some real great catches on it and I like all of the songs-which doesn't happen that often. Every band puts out a record with a stinker or two on it with some exceptions. I still don't care for the vocalist but he is good enough to not be annoying af. I wish the guitar was mixed to have a “bigger” sound but then some of Jake’s small touches might have been missed. He is still one of my favorite guitarists and Im happy as hell he is back again. If you love blues based gritty rock then this record will not disappoint!
Why no bonus track
By -Penguin Person
Really enjoying Patina but wondering why the bonus track Punchdown thats on the import CD version is not included on the iTunes version or US CD , its not like it can`t fit . Thats my only complaint
I’ve been a fan of Jake for decades. His work with Ozzy and Badlands is outstanding. The first Red Dragon Cartel album was s total shift from his writing in the past. Different but the first album was good.
I find this second effort to be ok. Somehow, it did not move me as much. The songwriting doesn’t stand out in comparison to his previous body of work. I was expecting more energy and a grittier sound. The mood of the album is kinda slow and the same throughout the entire record.
Non the less, I’m happy Jake is making music and is active again.
After a couple times through, I think they have created a better album than the first! Awesome job!
Huge step up from the debut
By Nature Of Threat
This is a total return to form for Jake E. Lee. He has been my favorite guitarist since '83 and a massive influence on my playing. I admit to being underwhelmed with the first RDC album.
This album on the other hand.... is very cohesive. The songs are strong. Jake is brilliant. Its a mature album as far as his guitar playing. He really stretches out and uses a ton of colors on this album.
For all of you guitarists who want guitar 'hero' stuff, there are still plenty of moments where he really blazes, but overall this is album is more about solid songs and very precise parts delivered the way only a guy as talented as Jake E. Lee can.
You can tell that a LOT of TLC went into picking different guitars, amps, pedals combos etc. to paint with a much wider spectrum. Great production, great mix. Give this album a listen. It is well worth it.
By Fates Fanatic
I agree on vocals not being my best match, but he seems to be settling into a new style although reminiscent of Badlands as far as guitar which I love with Jake. My favorite genre for him. So by comparison he lacks a little, but at times it was tinny with Ray as far as Hakes high riffs and Rays highs. Soto would rock with Jake. Still in all I’m really digging the first two tunes as far as Jakes style. Awesome!!
Solid start to their 2nd release
November 9th can't come soon enough!!!
The opening riff brings me back to Jake's 1st Badlands album...raw, raunchy & full of attitude. Let's just hope the rest is just as strong!!!
By Mickey Mike