We Will Ride by Inglorious: breathing fresh life into an irresistible 70s rock template

Inglorious's difficult album number four We Will Ride is worth the trouble

Inglorious - We Will Ride
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Cliché has it that following up your debut album is the tough ask. But London-based quintet Inglorious’s fourth proved to be a considerably bigger challenge, after all but leonine frontman Nathan James and drummer Phil Beaver quit after recording 2019’s Ride To Nowhere

With three new members seemingly contributing more than their predecessors in terms of gnarly riffs and rhythmic gutpunch, the band have also overcome lockdown restrictions to record We Will Ride in a socially distanced Cardiff studio.

The results are their best to date, with She Won’t Let Go and Medusa (who apparently ‘gives good lovin”, snakes in hair notwithstanding) taking inspiration from femme fatales to breathe fresh life into an irresistible 70s rock template.

Echoes of Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Rainbow (both Dio and Bonnet eras) abound across melodically strident, melodramatically charged and riff-studded hard rock of a kind few bands currently dare to be passé enough to attempt. 

Elsewhere an injection of Wagnerian power metal and James’s opera-worthy singing fuel the howlingly good He Will Provide, Cruel Intentions and the windswept title track. 

Consider the redemption arc complete.

Johnny Sharp

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock