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Many Different Hearts Beating

Kingdom Come are one of the most unique bands in heavy music. Their works defy classification – neither critics nor musicians themselves are able to put them in a specific genre. The one to blame for that is, of course, Lenny Wolf, the band’s founder, main songwriter and irreplaceable frontman. It’s been two years since the last Kingdom Come album saw the light of (or even four years, if we do not count a compilation, even with a few....

Рецензии на "Outlier"

Слава и богатство никогда не имели особого значения для главного вдохновителя Kingdom Come гера Ленни Вольфа. Все более чем 30 лет, в течение которых он являлся основным художником хард-рока, его основным желанием было продолжать развиваться. Его кредо всегда было: честность перед коммерческими соображениями. «Естественно, нет никого счастливее меня, ведь мою музыку боготворят столько поклонников, – говорит он, – но даже этот аспект ....

Interview with Lenny. May 2013

Kingdom Come’s 1988 debut album made them a household name internationally. With a catchy, commercial appeal and a similarity to the heavy blues of Led Zeppelin, the band immediately shot to the top (the single “Get It On” was a radio darling for quite some time). But with quick stardom comes envious peers and sharp critics. Vocalist Lenny Wolf took the critiques in stride and has persevered, as he has turned Kingdom Come into a long....

"Outlier" review by Powerplay May 2013

Back in 1988, Kingdom Come came out of nowhere and nil hard with their debut. Fans, MTV, and radio loved it, but many critics hated it. The world was looking for the next Led Zeppelin and Kingdom Come was it. They, unabashedly, look Page's rhythms, Bonham's drum patterns, and Plant's vocal inflections and made them their own. The band and album soared lo incomprehensible heights in a very short period of time. However, as ....

"Outlier" (2013) reviews

Of all the characters to emerge in the ongoing soap opera that is the hard rock world in
 the last three decades, few are more enigmatic
 or harder to pigeonhole than Lenny Wolf. His
 Robert Plant infused voice first hit international
 radar screens with Stone Fury in the mid 80s; 
their brief two album tenure - 'Burns Like A
Star' in '84 and 'Let Them Ta....

Blowin’ Wind With Lenny Wolf of Kingdom Come, March 2011

Kingdom Come might be a name you remember from the past. They put out two albums in the US that charted well for them and spawned hit singles like “Get It On”, “What Love Can Be” and “Do You Like It?” Very few may know that For well over 20 years, Lenny Wolf has been releasing music with his band Kingdom Come for well over 20 years. Lenny Wolf still manages to bring his creative vision to life releasing some amazing albums such as “H....

Kingdom Come | Led Zeppelin - Myths & Facts

I guess these are the most known and still unexploded myths about Kingdom Come...

MYTH: In one of their first big interviews the band Kingdom Come have said that they have never heard Led Zeppelin!

FACT: In fact, it was a cut from a Danny Stag's phrase (lead guitar), when the band was asked for a thousand time about the Led Zeppelin "cloning" he couldn't stand anymore and started kidding, saing "Oh, no! Not this q....

File-O-Facts: Lenny Wolf
 of Kingdom Come

Name: Lenny Wolf
. Star sign: Pisces - Rising sign: Sagittarius
. Place of birth: Hamburg-Germany
. Now based at: Hamburg - and still a little LA
. Level of education: below average - street wise;-)

First instrument played: Accordion
. Current instrument: Vocal, rhythm guitar, bass, little keyboard. Last venue played at: Rock festival in Sweden
. Last gig attended: Rock festival in Sweden

Turn On: L....

"Ain't Crying For The Moon" (2006) reviews

Lenny Wolf strikes back with a new Kingdom Come album, this is more of a soloalbum from Lenny where he has done most of the work by himself with a little help from various unknown musicians. I really like Lenny's two albums with Stone Fury that I think is great AOR/MHR albums and the first 4 albums with Kingdom Come are good stuff. But after Bad Image (1993) I have lost my faith in K.C and the following albums has been pretty w....

"Magnified" (2009) reviews

When I listen to Kingdom Come's latest release Magnified, I can't help but feel this is how Steelheart's last album should have sounded. Both CDs are far removed from the band's original days, but in the case of Kingdom Come vocalist Lenny Wolf hasn't changed a bit. His voice isn't hidden in distortion and overdubs, and even though the music itself has 'matured', at least fans can still relate to that voice. That simple fact mak....

"Independent" (2002) reviews

It's funny how things comes back like cycles, many bands returns to their sound in the beginnings. And so do Lenny Wolf with his Kingdom Come, it's his 8th album under that name but for those who remember his works before that know about the 2 great Stone Fury albums he did with Bruce Gowdy (Unruly Child).

As a matter of fact so does this new album sound a bit like Stone fury at some moments and also the magnificent thi....

Interview with Lenny Wolf, may 2011

Back in 1988 and soon after a young German rocker moved to LA to pursue his musical ambitions, Lenny Wolf achieved his dream when the debut album of his new band Kingdom Come reached platinum status. The comparisons with Led Zeppelin were inevitable and in the end, this lead to the band's demise years Joter. Returning to his hometown of Hamburg, Lenny has not surrendered and still waves the Kingdom Come flag, releasing albums and pla....

"Perpetual" (2004) reviews

Let’s be brutal: Kingdom Come blew their career 16 years ago, with the release of their self-titled debut album, and misfiring marketing campaign that saw the band alienate so many rock fans in America and Britain.

A musical tragedy, because while that controversial first record mimicked Led Zeppelin to the point of plagiarism, subsequently they’ve developed, refined and embellished their style to the point where they’ve hard....

Interview with Lenny Wolf by Classic Rock, 2007

Ten albums on from their debut, and now a very different band, but the ‘Led clones’ millstone still hangs round their neck.

If truth be told, Kingdom Come committed musical suicide a long time ago; in 1988, to be precise, when their self-titled debut album was sent to American radio stations, attached to a rumour that this was Led Zeppelin secretly back together. Compounding that ‘felony’, the band amazingly denied there was ....

"Too" (2000) review by Classic Rock

The hard rock world never really forgave Kingdom Come for their opportunistic attempt at ransacking the Led Zeppelin legacy during the late 1980s. But the group's sole remaining member, vocalist Lenny Wolf, refuses to throw in the towel and still enjoys moderate success in his native Germany.

While 1989's 'In Your Face' opus has stood the test of time astonishingly well, that album and the group's eponymous debut were the pla....

"Rendered Waters" (2011) reviews

When you think to back in the day and remember bands that made an impact right from the start with kick-ass music and stunning vocals, one band comes to mind and that is KINGDOM COME. Yeah, you heard the claims they are LED ZEPPELIN clones but people found out differently as time went by. Ever since that self-titled debut in 1988 fans still to this day go back to that release and reminisce. With many releases under their belt s....

Exclusive Interview to our site

Hello everybody who can hear us!

Today we're happy to talk with a real genius, outstanding man, who doesn't do the same again & again, he's always growing up, not following to the trends. His self development is more important to him than a commercial success. With a man who's faithfully on his Mission during the years... He shares a part of him with us. He shares his deepest feelings and emotions, his wise ....

Lenny Wolf's biography

I was born March 11, 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. The day I was born, the city experienced a catastrophe - a huge flood in Hamburg.

I went to several public schools in Hamburg, since nobody wanted to keep an eye on me ( I wonder why ) and was finally put into a school for difficult children when I was 14 years old. The good thing about it was that they really supported my need to play the guitar, to keep me cool. My first instru....

Full in bloom, April 4th, 2009

FIB MUSIC:  What's new? Tell us about the new album. When can we expect to see you touring?

Lenny:  Don't really like talking much about music. It's something you should "listen" too. But it surely is another growing step for me, in regards of combining sounds and building a bridge between the 80's and 2009. I think Kingdom Come has developed a unique approach of writing. Not doing the same thing over and over again, and taki....

Kingdom Come History

In 1988, after having been signed to Polygram Records, New York by Derek Shulman, Lenny Wolf and his manager Marty Wolff (no relation), were asked to put a new band together. The players he chose for his new band were: James Kottak on drums, Danny Stag on lead guitar, Rick Steier on rhythm guitar and Johnny B.Frank on the bass guitar (for more background see Lenny Wolf Biography).

A very lucky event happened when Lenny ....

"Outlier" (2013) reviews

Of all the characters to emerge in the ongoing soap opera that is the hard rock world in
 the last three decades, few are more enigmatic
 or harder to pigeonhole than Lenny Wolf. His
 Robert Plant infused voice first hit international
 radar screens with Stone Fury in the mid 80s; 
their brief two album tenure - 'Burns Like A
Star' in '84 and 'Let Them Talk' some two years
 later - as different as chalk and cheese. But it
I was the creative, oft fractious love affair that
 began with the eponymous Kingdom Come
 debut in '88 that really focused media attention. 
Lambasted as Led Zeppelin rip off merchants (ironic when you consider the
mighty Zep themselves openly plagiarised what had gone before as and when 
it suited), to these ears Kingdom Come have never really been granted a fair
crack of the whip. Admittedly, when they started to move away from what was
considered a 'mainstream' sound with 'Bad Image' in '93 they were never the
 easiest of bands to digest; but in true pioneering spirit, isn't that rather the 

Released some four years after the last Kingdom Come studio album
 'Magnified', the latest such offering 'Outlier' marks yet another pronounced
 change in direction, albeit one that older fans may now find much more
 palatable. These days Kingdom Come is pretty much Lenny Wolf solo with
 additional musicians brought in only where necessary, so first of all credit to
the man for crafting an album that actually sounds like a band release. Dark, 
moody, oft wistful and melancholic...'Outlier' is all these things and a hell of
a lot more besides!
The most upbeat, heaviest and certainly most melodically accessible
release to bear the Kingdom Come name since 'Master Seven' or 'Twilight
Cruiser' back in the mid 90s, Lenny it would seem has undergone something
of a renaissance in writing terms. Proffering a real cross section of Kingdom
Come sounds from all eras and delivering them in a dynamic, post-industrial,
gothically tinged manner pulsating opener 'God Does Not Sing Our Song'
sums up the revitalised approach perfectly...guitar heavy but never afraid 
to explore something new. And I'm happy to report, that attention grabbing 
approach continues apace through the likes of 'Running High Distortion',
'Don't Want You To Wait' and 'Let The Silence Talk'.

Took a few spins to really stick, but this is surprisingly good!

Dave Cockett from the magazine FIREWORK

"Outlier" is a very far cry from Kingdom Come's debut way back in 1988 - you know the one - where everyone cried blasphemy because of how close the band's sound and Lenny Wolf's voice was to Zeppelin. Well, while that didn't garner them any favours with fans in the long run, 'Outlier" should Alter a four year recording lapse, Wolf has returned with a well-constructed album that touches all of the bases: cruising music with "Running High Distortion", melancholy stabs at darkness with "God Does Not Sing Our Song", "Rough Ride Ralleye" with its overt industrial meanderings, and "Let The Silence Talk", "The Trap Is Alive", and 'Such A Shame" which are just great rockers. The likes of "Holy Curtain", "Skip The Cover And Feel", and "Don't Want You To Wait" don't really hit the spot though. Wolf is a genius - he plays all of the instruments, wrote all of the songs, and even mixed, produced and recorded "Outlier".

In all, there is a nod to Wolf's 80s simple-rocking past, but there are contemporary leanings herein as well.


TONY PIJAR from Powerplay magazine

NI ROCKS recommends "Outlier" by KINGDOM COME

As much as I love finding new bands to listen to, it’s always good to get new releases from some of the “classic” rock bands that have been around for decades. From Steamhammer/SPV comes the new release by Kingdom Come entitled “Outlier” that gets released in the UK on 29th April. This is first release by Kingdom Come since 2009, although reading the press release the recording is largely the work of frontman Lenny Wolf who recorded all the instruments other than the guitar solos and produced, engineered, mixed and mastered the album.


Wolf’s vocals retain their distinguished, instantly recognisable quality throughout although the tracks vary significantly. “Outlier” is definitely not an album where all the tracks sound the same. I have to admit I’m not overly keen on the extensive use of synthesiser on “Rough Ride Rallye” but other than that there’s little to criticize. Favourite tracks would include “Running High Distortion”, “Let The Silence Talk”, “The Trap Is Alive” and “Skip The Cover And Feel.”


Review-Lenny Wolf is one of those singers that never really got his fair due. Whether it was his stint in Stone Fury or when Kingdom Come were the MTV darlings and critics were hailing them as a new era Led Zeppelin, while fans were on the fence while some bought into the hype and others ridiculed the band for being a rip off. Well while original members James Kottak and Rick Steier after the second record In Your Face was not met with the same open arms they bailed to greener grass leaving Lenny to keep going. I will be honest, while I was not a fan of In Your Face, I will say that is the last time I even listened to them. Until now, time has been kind to Lenny his voice still sounds amazing and the band today sounds better than it did in the 80’s. That was the biggest shock to me is that this record did not sound dated and that Lenny made it sound modern while still maintaining the Kingdom Come sound. Rough Ride Ralleye sounds like the song fans expected after Get it On. Where when you hear comeback records or a band that has stuck it out releasing new music, they seem to think they fit in their heydays still, this record fells like it is trying to show people that Kingdom Come is more than some one trick pony and that they have so much left in their career to do. This record makes me want to go back and see what I been missing since In Your Face. I will be honest I am blown away from what Lenny has done, and I think this even outshines the debut record in my eyes. Lenny shows bands like Jet, Wolfmother and etc. how it is done and he creates a record that I would never have expected from him or this band ever again. I am floored; I am a Kingdom Come fan once again. This is the biggest shock of the last decade to me in terms of what this cd delivers and really does to wipe the memory of what fans once ridiculed. Kingdom Come old school fans, you have to hear this cd.

9 out of 10


KINGDOM COME – Outlier – CD review March 20, 2013

It’s been a long, long time since Kingdom Come were all over MTV, whilst at the same time being ridiculed as Led Zeppelin copyists. Me? I’m more likely to bung on a copy of “Kingdom Come” or “In Your Face” than I am anything by the lumpen Zep. Of course, they ceased to be a band after that, with singer and songwriter Lenny Wolf using the band name, despite doing almost everything himself.

And fair play, for never giving up, as this is about the 14th Kingdom Come album he’s put out over the last 25 years. With the exception of the solo guitar parts contributed by Eric Förster, all instruments were recorded by the Kingdom Come boss himself. In addition, Wolf produced, engineered, mixed and mastered his new album. So he’s got no-one to blame but himself. But he won’t have to, because by and large, this is a cracking album.

It’s not a million miles away from what he was doing during the platinum selling days, and for an old rocker like me, that’s quite literally music to my ears. However, there are some jarring, electronic sounds popping up hither and thither, whether keyboards and samples, which don’t quite ring true to me. And it’s a sound that is dated, and not in a good way. Luckily, they’re not to intrusive, and the classic rock still shines through.

He’s still in good voice, and even though there seems to be a strain of melancholia, fans of yore will find comfort in songs like ‘Let The Silence Talk’ and ‘Don`t Want You To Wait ‘. It’s his first studio album featuring completely new material since the 2009 release, “Magnified”, and people who have been waiting for this won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by The Flashwounds Team on Mar 25, 2013

By Seth M

“Kingdom Come?” Yes, that’s what I said too when Outlier showed up in my stack of new music. I don’t know how many of you out there remember the 80s, but those of you who do will definitely recognize the band’s name from their break-out decade of decadence hit “Get It On.” I don’t think there was a single person who heard that song and didn’t instantly scream, “Led Zeppelin ripoff” or a kinder “Damn, that singer sounds a lot like Robert Plant,” but it was undeniable that Kingdom Come rocked that sound hard and had some major chops both on their albums and when they played live ~ I can still remember them opening up the Monsters of Rock tour and getting the crowd pretty damn amped.

So guess what, if you liked that sound then, you’re probably still going to like it now. The band doesn’t have the same line-up anymore, but it’s definitely led by that same powerful voice ~ and that voice belongs to Lenny Wolf, who has single-handedly kept Kingdom Come going for over 25 years.

And when I say, “…single handedly,” I mean it ~ with the exception of the solo guitar parts that were contributed by Eric Forster, all instruments were recorded by Wolf (left in photo). And if that weren’t enough, Outlier was recorded at his Two Square Noise Factory studio in Hamburg and he also produced, engineered, mixed and mastered it. This is a man who has remained devoted to his music, his sound, regardless of what other genres have come and gone from the spotlight over the years.

So, getting back to the album…as I have said before in other reviews, I will always be honest about what I think of the music I’m reviewing ~ and what I think about Kingdom Come’s Outlier is that if you dug the band’s sound back in the late 80s (or at any point over the past quarter decade and 14 albums), then you’re going to be really happy with their new material. Because Wolf has been so successful in keeping true to the Kingdom Come sound, though, if you didn’t like their music way back when, you aren’t going to like it now. That may seem like a strange thing to say in a review, but it’s the truth…which winds up being a compliment to Kingdom Come, but also an honest statement about who’s going to appreciate their music. Wolf’s voice is still commanding and magnetic, the tracks are well-written, and the entire album has a Zeppelin feel to it.
Stands-out for me were “Let The Silence Talk,” which had a good melodic blues feel, and “Running High Distortion,” which is one of the harder-hitting tracks from an instrumental standpoint. Check out the new release (on Steamhammer/SPV) on May 7th, 2013 in the US (and on April 26th and 29th in Germany and April, respectively).

by Katarzyna Zakolska at 25 March 2013, 9:05 AM

KINGDOME COME is a German / American band formed in 1987 by Lenny Wolf, German origin. The bran new “Outlier” is the band's new material since 2009, when their last album “Magnified”, was released. My first entanglement with this great band was when my friend recommended me their song “Should I”. As a Hard Rock magnet, it wasn't so hard for me to fall in love with this creation.

“Outlier” is the common ground for brilliance and experience when it comes to Hard Rock. “Don't Want You To Wait” is one of my favorites, tuning with broadened keyboards, very atmospheric, somewhat Folkish yet with Metal type riffing that had me going for RAMMSTEIN. The chorus is pretty catchy, fine singing with Wolf's strong voice. “God Does Not Sing Our Song”, the opening track, has such a profound atmosphere, created by the rhythm section and the awesome riffing. Wolf is at his best with diverse vocal pattern from being gentle to hoarse in blink of an eye, making the song to shape up as a melancholic / melodious oriented as if it was from afar. As always, a memorable chorus plus an exquisite guitar solo. Well played and energetic drumming with a wonderful vocal line lies within the depths of “Let The Silence Talk”, a tremendous listener. “The Trap is Alive” is not too far behind, with great bass line, additional liveliness in the drumming along with AC/DC type of riffs. Sure you can miss another favorable solo moment and catchy licks.

“Rough Ride Ralleye” is a song pampered with electronic attributes relaying a mysterious ambiance. Trance like rhythm and riffs remind me fundamentals of Industrial Metal, a little similar to OOMPH!. On the chorus, is a mere cry out but has that coldness of early U2“Holy Curtain” is a bit melancholic, echoing in the vein of PINK FLOYD“Such a Same” continues with the band's own feel, with faster drums and stronger riffs, not so harsh but typical for KINGDOME COMEWolf's Bluesy and charismatic vocals had me thinking of WHITESNAKE. Experience sure makes the difference. On “Skip the Cover and Feel” there is almost a pure American vibe of Country meets Blues, yet the guitaring is heavier and the chorus is mega strong melodic lines.

I was a bit surprised how an 80s oriented band got in so close with modern elements, yet it is still KINGDOME COME with their own sound, totally awesome. Listening to this song list again and again is a must, new things will be discovered and absorbed. You couldn't be bored. Fans of KINGDOME COME with take a smooth ride through this one.




By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, March 4, 2013 @ 7:37 AM

Fame and fortune have always played a minor role in KINGDOM COME mastermindLenny Wolf's longstanding career. In fact, his more than 30 years as an artist have been fuelled first and foremost by musical challenges and the desire to keep evolving. His credo has always been: authenticity before commercial considerations. "Naturally, nobody is happier than I am when my music is loved by as many fans as possible," he says, "but these kinds of aspects are irrelevant when it comes to creating a new album. The only thing that matters is testing myself as an artist and embarking on new paths." To avoid any misunderstandings: the new KINGDOM COME album Outlier presents flawless rock music with a welcome tendency towards melancholia and a gift for anthems. But: With Outlier Lenny is starting a new chapter of his diverse creative career, expertly positioning his charismatic voice between traditional rock structures and modern sound elements, which add a third dimension to this album.

"I simply felt the need to delve deep inside of me and run riot in the infinite expanse of the audio cosmos. The result is a friction of mercilessly mechanical, heartless sound collages, combined with my typical melancholy-melodious style," Wolf explains the album's artfully interwoven experimental approach to his sound, which never detracts from the familiar atmospheric basic mood of his songs. "A whole number of souls happen to dwell in my breast, which is why experimentation and the development of my musical existence simply belong together." Lenny purposely takes into account that this approach may also lead to friction and requires an open mind of its listeners: "It's of secondary importance to me whether this is clever in business terms. To me, it's all about creating optimum varieties of sound signals which go through the ear straight into the heart. Some call it a vocation. Hallelujah."

A vocation which is reflected in ten haunting, stirring and diverse songs. Some numbers are welcome reminders of KINGDOM COME's past, other songs document a future-oriented direction. "I could have written a track such as "Let The Silence Talk" back in 1988 during our In Your Face period, whereas listening to "Rough Ride Rallye" and "When Colors Break The Grey" for the first time may have you think: Oops, what's all this about," Lenny confesses, knowing fully well that it's precisely those opposite poles which make Outlier a very special album. Especially since "one song by itself cannot reflect the character of a whole album. To understand this record, you have to take time and become one with those compositions, some of which are extremely diverse."

Outlier is well worth the effort, especially in view of the album's deep lyrical content. As ever, Lenny's lyrics are personal snapshots straight from his soul, touching on autobiographical subjects on "Don't Want You To Wait" and documenting - for example on "God Does Not Sing Our Song" and "Skip The Cover And Feel" - an attitude which is as fierce as ever and deeply rooted in Lenny Wolf. He has also consciously chosen the album title in line with this: "The term Outliersuits me to a tee. It symbolises my whole personality, the musical media I work with, the story of my life."

Outlier was recorded at Wolf's own Hamburg studio, the Two Square Noise Factory. With the exception of the solo guitar parts contributed by Eric Forster, all instruments were recorded by theKINGDOM COME boss himself. In addition, Wolf produced, engineered, mixed and mastered his new album. "Eighteen-months of struggle and madness lie behind me, a period which saw me go through the usual alternating bath of euphoria and doubt. As an artist, you can never be quite sure just what you've cooked up, but I happen to be an idealist and simply have to keep embarking on new adventurous journeys. The path of predictability has never satisfied me."

is KINGDOM COME's first studio album featuring completely new material since the arrival of their 2009 release,Magnified. The album is bound to provoke discussion, in every respect, which is precisely the intention Lenny has with his compositions: "I never write to please anybody, I simply stretch my means of expression as a musician as far as possible. Always in the hope that others will like the result." That certainly is one thing that Lenny needn't worry about!

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