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My Life With Lizzy Borden

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“Hello suckers!” = Lizzy Borden

The first time I had seen or heard of Lizzy Borden was from a little photo and small article in Circus Magazine.  It was a cool shot of the band in black and white standing on the roof of a building and Lizzy had a big axe proppoed on his toe.  Would love to find that photo somewhere.

I think I first heard them on one of the old Metal Blade Records compilations but it wasn’t really until 1986 that I got into them via a former friend from high school.  I remember going to his house and he had the Give ‘Em The Axe EP on vinyl.  I was hooked.  In subsequent years we all got into Love You To Pieces and the Muderess Metal Roadshow thanks to the VHS they put out,  Good times!  That former friend from high school and I did Give “em The Axe for our junior year air band contest.  I think we won because everyone else was a bit scared.

Sure Lizzy and the band always looked a bit silly and even more so now, but they’ve never really done a bad record.  I finally got to see them play at the NORVA in Norfolk, VA back in 2004 opening for Yngwie, not long before their guitarist, Alex Nelson, was killed in a car wreck.  He was a killer player.  They were all very cool folks.   I couldn’t believe they didn’t play Give ‘Em the Axe though!  I felt cheated!

So, here’s the review that you’ve so anxiously been waiting for.

Give ‘Em The Axe EP – 1984

This was a cool EP.  The title tracks rules.  No Time to Lose and Kiss of Death are cool.  I never liked their cover of Long Live Rock and Roll (Rainbow).  7/10

Love You To Pieces – 1985

Oh man.  This album rules.  There’s not a bad track on it but the highlights ae Warfare, American Metal, Rod of Iron and Red Rum.  I listened to this tape so much.  No telling how many copies I went through over the years.  10/10

Menace To Society – 1986

Another fantastic record by Lizzy Borden but it suffered severely from poor production.  It was very tinny and I don’t really know that a bass was used on it.  I’m one of the few Lizzy fans who actually thinks this one is as good as the previews album.  My faves are Notorious, Ursa Minor and Love Kills.  10/10

Terror Rising EP – 1987

Ugh.  This really was a bit of a waste of petroleum based materials.  Catch Your Death was a cool tune but the cover version of the Tubes’ Don’t Touch Me There with Betsy from Bitch, the title track and the god awful cover of White Rabbit makes me with I could get my $5.98 back from the Music Man.  2/10

Visual Lies – 1987

Another Lizzy album that I love but it’s a lot different than their previous albums.  It’s a little more polished in production terms and a little more palatable for the MTV crowd.  They had a video for Me Against the World and the song was featured in the terrible movie Black Roses.  I dig the album though.  There are some really great tracks like Lord of the Flies, Shock Treatment, the title track and Eyes of a Stranger.  Worthwhile listening for sure.  By the way, this featured Joe Holmes on guitar who was in Ozzy for a brief time.  9/10

Master of Disguise – 1989

This is where started losing me a bit.  While it’s not a bad album, it was missing something.  I could never put my finger on it.  I think that this was supposed a solo album by Lizzy…allegedly.  I haven’t listened to this one in years and years.  I won’t anytime soon!  1/10

Deal With the Devil – 2000

This was a good comeback album for the guys.  I like this one a lot and still spin it a few times a year.  There Will Be Blood Tonight is a good track.  Their cover of Alice Cooper’s Generation Landslide was pretty decent too.  I really dig Zanzibar and The World Is Mine.  7/10

Appointment With Death – 2007

I haven’t listened to this one since it came out but I don’t remember it striking me like the previous album did.  Can’t really even name any songs off of it…so there you go.  0/10

So, as it stands, I always recommend Love You to Pieces, Menace to Society and Visual Lies to everyone.

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  1. I am a huge Lizzy Borden fan.
    I would rank their albums this way from best to worst.
    Appointment with death-Fantstic
    Menace to society-As great as it was in 1986.
    Love you to pieces-Really strong album.
    Give ’em the axe-The first one I heard and their cover of Long live rock and roll really works.
    Deal with the devil-Decent comeback.
    Master of disguise-It’s a mixed bag.
    Visual Lies-Bland and limp.
    Terror Rising-Weak leftovers.

    Metal Mark

    January 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

  2. It’s one of the few Dio era Rainbow songs that I never cared for.

    Sean (The Metal Files)

    January 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

  3. I remember the live album being good too, but have heard it since at least 1987.

    Metal Mark

    January 26, 2010 at 7:13 pm

  4. Ahhh, The Murderess Metal Road Show! classic.

    Well, I am right there with ya’ from 84,85 & 86.

    After that I am afraid they started turning in crappy production (maybe not their fault 100%) and average to slightly “above-average” albums as a whole.

    Now for individual tracks, they were still creating good music from 87-90. After that I guess they just fell off my “metal radar”.

    **funny, the guy’s house I went to (to listen to the FATES WARNING) just ordered the DVD (or VHS not sure) online. When it comes in we were going to “Give his wife the Axe” and take over the living room home theater to jam on it….

    I am not sure what that last crazy L.B. is supposed to be though? I watched some stuff on You Tube and it was pretty bad and Lizzy actually scared me he/it looked so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

    Curtis King
    Demolish HQ

    demolishfanzine

    January 26, 2010 at 11:48 pm

  5. I really like everything about “Appointment With Death”… Old School, if you will. “The Darker Side” is as sinister and (dark) as a Metal ballad can get. I highly endorse this album, it was a terrific way for Lizzy Borden to let the Metal world know… his band is still creeping around the corner.

    metalodyssey

    February 1, 2010 at 10:54 am

  6. […] Borden Concert Review – 041710 As stated before, I am a pretty big fan of Lizzy Borden. so I was pretty excited when I heard that they were coming to Give 'em the […]

  7. Master OF Disguise a 1/10? That album was a masterpiece. The title song, Sins Of The Flesh, Love Is a Crime, Never Too Young. All great songs. Excellent production. I’d say it is my favorite LB album.

    James JT Thomas

    August 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm


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