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The Lizards

Self-Titled CD

Hyperspace Records

Genres: hard rock, heavy metal

Hyperspace Records
PO Box 1374
Manhasset, NY 11030

April 2002

The Lizards, a band on the newly formed (and very ambitious) Hyperspace Records label, have packed this album full of standard - yet funk influenced - hard rock. John Garner's gruff vocals blend with the heavy instrumentation perfectly, producing a very moody debut album. "The Rodeo" is a good example of an average song on this album. It is a pounding, funky heavy metal piece with a gritty attitude and lots of energy. Meanwhile, "Under The City," my favourite piece here, is an absolutely wonderful song that definitely owes a bit to "Stairway To Heaven" era Led Zeppelin. The song's great chorus is almost worth the price of admission alone. Fortunately, the rest of the album is good (albeit not as good), too.

Nothing flees from the regular expectations of a heavy metal album here - but that doesn't interfere with the overall quality at all. This is very recommended for fans of the genre.


Matt Shimmer