Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground.

Guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, formerly of metal act Dokken, have reunited for 12 respectable cuts on Wicked Underground. As the album's co-writers, they take a few steps away from the more commercial sound of their old band for emotional, bluesier tracks that they occasionally brush with keyboards. That said, favorable shades of Dokken can still be heard on "When You Bleed." Pilson is no stranger to singing, and even though his voice's timbre is similar to former bandmate Don Dokken's, he takes a middle-ground approach instead of trying to send it soaring to the rafters. Opening track "A Breath and a Scream" is one of the album's best, and be sure to inspect "Even Higher," "Inner View," and "Closer to None." The stilted notes combined with freewheeling improvs on the instrumental "Chromanic" tip their hat to Joe Satriani; "Vaccine" also recalls that virtuoso's manic energy. This is worth seeing played live when Lynch/Pilson hit the road this summer.—CLT