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Lynch Mob

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An American hard rock/heavy metal outfit with a rotating cast of players, the aptly named Lynch Mob is the brainchild of guitar virtuoso -- and sole permanent member -- George Lynch. Founded in 1989 after the acrimonious split of Lynch's previous outfit, Dokken, the initial lineup of the group consisted of Lynch, Dokken drummer Mick Brown, bass player Anthony Esposito, and vocalist Oni Logan. Employing a muscular blend of hard rock, R&B, and blues, Lynch Mob issued their debut album, Wicked Sensation, in 1990 via Elektra. Logan would leave the group shortly after completing the tour in support of the LP, which led to the arrival of new vocalist Rob Mason, who made his debut two years later on the band's eponymous second full-length outing. Despite garnering critical praise, the album failed to break through, due in large part to the burgeoning grunge and alternative rock scene, which in 1992 was bursting at the seams. Lynch Mob officially disbanded three years later, and Lynch and Brown returned to Dokken for a short time. Lynch unveiled a completely retooled Lynch Mob in 1999 and released Smoke This, which saw the group adding rap metal to their résumé. 2003's REvolution marked the return of vocalist Rob Mason, and featured reworked versions of songs from the band's first two LPs, as well as some Lynch-era Dokken material. The band returned to the classic hard rock sound of their genesis for 2009's Oni Logan-fronted Smoke and Mirrors, which was released on Frontiers Records. 2014's Sun Red Sun, the band's sixth studio long-player, also featured Logan on vocals, as did 2015's Rebel, and 2017's The Brotherhood. ~ James Christopher Monger
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