I Rule The Ruins is the first collection of all 4 albums that Warlock made for Universal records – they contain bonus tracks where applicable. Formed in 1983 Warlock were a German based heavy metal band who enjoyed commercial success in the mid 80’s, the band split up and Doro (the Singer) went on to have a successful solo career. All the albums have been re-mastered and the box contains a booklet with notes by Classic Rock’s Malcolm Dome.
The title is a tip-off: Lenny Kravitz is a hippie, something that was commonplace 20 years before his debut, Let Love Rule, and was familiar five years later when he scaled the charts with Are You Gonna Go My Way, but was practically unheard of in 1989 when the Grateful Dead were reaping the benefits of hippies turning into establishment. Kravitz had yet to become a classic rock caricature and he could still surprise on this unformed, endearingly unwieldy first record, where he split the difference between John Lennon, Curtis Mayfield, David Bowie, and Prince, sometimes exhibiting too clear of a debt to his idols but more often getting by on a combination of chutzpah and pastiche, something that winds up as an enormously appealing guilty pleasure.