Last in Line, the band featuring the remaining members of the original Dio band have announced full details of their new album 'II'. Due for release on 22nd February 2019, the set has been proceeded by a video for the first song released from the album, 'Landslide'.
Comprising Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Phil Soussan, and Andrew Freeman, the disc, which is being released via Frontiers SRL, is available to pre-order in a variety of formats via a PledgeMusic campaign. Pre-order 'II' and gain access to exclusive and unique merchandise bundles and experiences with the band, plus behind the scenes access with exclusive photos and videos from the making of the record.
Last In Line was formed in 2011, when Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, and Vivian Campbell, (Ronnie James Dio’s co-conspirators and co-writers on the 'Holy Diver', 'Last In Line' - the album from which they took their name, and 'Sacred Heart'albums) teamed up with esteemed vocalist Andrew Freeman. The debut album “Heavy Crown” was released in February 2016, landing at #1 on the Billboard Heat-Seekers Chart. Initially, the release had been preceded by tragedy when bassist Jimmy Bain unexpectedly passed away at the age of 68 on January 23, 2016. Last In Line, honoring what they knew would be Bain’s wish to keep the band moving, brought in renowned bassist Phil Soussan (ex-Ozzy Osbourne) and committed to sustained touring in support of the album, which included shows in Campbell's hometown of Belfast.
“The musical style of ‘II’ is different from ‘Heavy Crown’, but it wasn't something that we planned to do,” explains Vivian Campbell. “Phil is a more intricate player than Jimmy was and that, together with the natural growth and development of the band led us to the songs on the album. As always, we simply started to jam on ideas and see where they led us. But it's fair to say that the songs on this album sound more developed, with more parts and more experimentation than the songs on ‘Heavy Crown’. The first album set a tone, but on ‘II’ we developed that idea and took it to the next logical stage.”
Drummer Vinny Appice, on the sound of the new record and song writing process, says; “I always sound like me. Viv and I have been playing together for years and have the same feel and pulse and attitude. Now with Phil on bass, he allows a more melodic approach on the bass parts making the songs even more interesting. He fits in perfectly being from the same musical family and time as me and Viv. Mr. Freeman sings from his soul and completes the band's sound with his melodies and amazing range.”
Asked about first single ‘Landslide’ - the video for which can be viewed below - vocalist Andrew Freeman says, “Landslide’ was the first song we wrote for this record. It was really easy to write as all of the parts fell into place quickly. The title ‘Landslide’is a metaphor relating to the day to day struggles that we all go through as people. Trying to keep on course when dealing with adversity, manipulation through media and leadership. It’s meant to inspire strength and resolve."
Last in Line 'II' Tracklisting:
2. Black Out The Sun
4. Gods And Tyrants
5. Year Of The Gun
6. Give Up The Ghost
7. The Unknown
8. Sword From The Stone
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light