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Cold Blooded Kings

by The Lizards

New Classic Rock- Music in the spirit of 70's hard rock. Bluesy, funky and heavy.
Genre: Rock: 70's Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Opal Crest of Zed
4:58 $0.99
2. Cold Blooded Kings
3:35 $0.99
3. Take a Ride
4:56 $0.99
4. Down
7:54 $0.99
5. Rising Star
5:03 $0.99
6. Hyperspace
6:52 $0.99
7. Dark Matter
3:41 $0.99
8. We Are Dinosaurs
5:37 $0.99
9. Magic Cloud
2:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Lizards - Cold Blooded Kings (from review at

A very 70's/21st Century hybrid sound, classic rock overtones, bluesy and even funky in parts, this is interesting to say the least. Vocalist Mike DiMeo (Ex-Riot) has the perfect blend of Paul Rodgers/David Coverdale in his voice, soaring over the virtuosity of Bobby Rondinelli (Sabbath/Rainbow) on drums, Bassist Randy Pratt and Stringsman Patrick Klein. And virtuosity is the word, there's some incredible playing on this album, from all concerned.

Driving rock is fused with a laid back feel, Sabbath without the gloom and doom. Almost a live feel to the recording, which is refreshing. It does away with the over-processed sound of a lot of new music. Modern nostalgia if you like.

There's nine, deeply original songs on offer. True, you can here the influences, Free, Led Zep, Purple et al. But there is a definite originality, "Hyperspace" has a ZZ Top like main riff, with a Deep Purple influenced mid section. Classic instrumental. "Dark Matter" has a bluesier feel with a beautiful guitar solo.

The beauty of an album like this, due to the quality of performance, is that every time you listen to it, you hear something new. A different rhythm pattern, an altered bassline. "We Are Dinosaurs" is a darker romp, but has a certain groove, almost funky. Confidence is the key with "Cold Blooded Kings", musicians who know exactly what they're doing. There is a rumour of a 2005 tour supporting Glenn Hughes, which would be breathtaking, this album was written with live performance in mind I'm sure. I'll call this review the first of 2005 and "The Lizards" set an impressive benchmark for the rest of the year.

-Steve Atkinson

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Great Classic rock . Dimeo is great!!!
JUST BUY IT!The Lizards bring back Classic rock with Mike Dimeo (Riot) & Bobby Rondinelli (Sabbath, Rainbow, BOC, others...)like it should be played. I hear Purple, Sabbath, BOC, Zep all over this disc. It's a must buy for fans of this genre.


Great new CD, classic rock sound!
This is the Lizards' 3rd CD and their debut with former Riot singer Mike Dimeo. With this change they have successfully reinvented themselves while never losing site of what good rock and roll is all about ...jamming! The CD is melodic, punchy, and alive! Bobby Rondinelli is fantastic throughout and they certainly let him cut loose as he displays a quite flattering Bonham-esque sound pounding the skins with authority and killer chops. I also really dig the bass grooves Randy Pratt lays down in some of the breakdowns. Great songwriting and cool hooks make this a keeper in my book.


Better than expected.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss John, but Mike does an excellent job!


The Lizards : a great band
Maybe you thought that nowadays groups can't make music anymore, in the old 70s style. Then try this... Wonderful instrumentation, perfect voice for the job, enjoy !!


great musicians, great songs.big sound
the first song grabs your attention, and from there this cd is solid hard rock! Cold Blooded Kings has the feel of a classic album that you somehow forgot about in your closet, but of course with much better production.I highly recommend this cd. All the elements are in place- songwriting,lyrics,great guitar and bass work, and incredible drumming!
I bought 2 copies because I was afraid one would wear out!

Rick Stehr

Great CD!
Good old fashion (70's and 80's) Rock 'n' Roll with influences from all over....especially track 5 and 6 (Rising Star and Hyperspace). Worth the time and money to listen & buy!


This is a big one
Last Saturday was the second time that I have seen the Lizards here in Holland. They played some songs from this album and there was no doubt for me. BUY this disc. Now two days later there was no other disc in my player. I loved these disc especially the tracks Down and Hyperspace.

Gene Bartholomew

Rock is back and out of hibernation!!
First off the sound quality is great, the band is balanced , vocals crisp and drums punch, even the distortion is clear. While short the cd is great, if radio had it's head out of it's ass, {like the music industry in general} you'd be hearing several of these. If you like Foghat,Cactus,Led Zep,Black-Sab,Dio, etc you'll love The Lizards. Hope to see'em live-COLD IS COOL--THE LIZARDS RULE!

Steve (Sams Records RI)

This CD kick's ASS!!!!
This CD is for all the people like myself who miss classic hard rock with Balls!!! This band Rocks!!! There sound is BIG!!! VERY BIG!!! It has all the ingedients needed ...killer riffs & solo's...heavy grooves, a great singer and massive drum sound (ala Bonham). All the musicians involved are seasoned pro's and it shows...big time. Definitley a CD for fans of Y&T, Rainbow, Riot, UFO, Zepplin, Moxy and all the other killer hard rockin' bands from the 70's. So if your tired of the down tuned boring durge that's polluting the airways now...this CD is like a breath of fresh air. Oh yeah the other CDs by The Lizards rock just as hard as Cold Blooded Kings...and are also highly recommended.