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House of Lords
Released: 2014, Frontiers Records
Since reuniting 14 years ago with THE POWER & THE MYTH, James Christian and House of Lords have been on an absolute tear, releasing 4 incredible hard rock studio albums and a rock solid live album. Christian also found the time to release a very good solo album in 2013. Well James and the rest of the Lords are back with PRECIOUS METAL, the band’s 9th full-length album.
The second that the hyper-energetic “Battle” starts, you can feel that House of Lords have a fire lit under their collective asses. The song is one of the hardest-edged that the band has ever done, and shows that they really mean business this time out. There’s nothing particularly new or different on this album than say, CARTESIAN DREAMS or SAHARA, but somehow the band have kicked it into another gear this time out. From the performances to the song writing, the band has truly stepped up their already impressive game. The core of the band’s guitar-driven melodic hard rock is still intact, nearly every song gleams with perfection, whether it’s Christian’s ever-impassioned vocals, Bell’s powerful riffs and solos, or the bashing rhythm section of McCarvill and Zampa. Oddly, the only song that feels a step below standard is the title track. Every other song is A+ material, with personal favorites being speedy “Epic”, brooding “Turn Back the Tide”.
It’s amazing really, House of Lords have had a 25 year career and have yet to release a bad, or even substandard album. The fact that PRECIOUS METAL might just be their best album ever is not only incredible, but proves that this is a band with plenty of gas left in the tank. All hail!
2. Breakin’ Free
4. Live Every Day (Like it’s the Last)
5. Permission to Die
6. Precious Metal
7. Swimmin’ with the Sharks
9. Enemy Mine
11. Turn Back the Tide
12. Might Just Save My Life
James Christian: Vocals
Jimi Bell: Guitar
Chris McCarvill: Bass
BJ Zampa: Drums
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