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April 2000
Released: 2000, Crunch
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Rick

Lordz are a relatively new powermetal band hailing from Quebec, Canada. They play powermetal verging on thrash. Lordz was formed in late 1997 and consists of Mathieu Pelletier bass, Martin Brulotte: drums, Pascal Côté: guitar, Kim Helsing: vocals and Jocelyn Daguerre: guitar. This is the bands first release and was premiered on March 10, 2000.

The CD consists of 5 songs with a running time of just under 29 minutes. First I have to say that the packaging is top notch. The cover art is very medieval with knights and wizards and the picture inside the jewel case of the skeleton and the unicorn is just awesome. Back to the songs. The CD kicks off with the track "Lordz". This is a galloping tune which shows a decidedly Iron Maiden influence without actually sounding like Maiden. Track 2 is the almost nine minute piece titled "The Other Side" It begins with a very melodic opening with some nice guitar work then half way through breaks down into a riff similar to the beginning of "Am I Evil" by Diamond Head. The track then speeds up near the end, building to a rousing finish before fading out. "Run For Your Life" is a thrashy number followed by the instrumental "Reaching The Summit". The CD closes out with the track "Typhoon". This is the best track on the disc and features some great guitar harmonies from Cote and Daguerre. Helsing reaches some high notes on this track which gives the song some added power.

For a first recording this is a decent effort. There are a few areas that need to be addressed but they are only minor. The mix is not the best but for what is virtually demo this can be expected. On the upside Lordz are a fairly new unit who will only get better with time. Helsing has a good voice and the musicianship is way above average. With a decent production budget Lordz could turn what is a good CD into a great one!
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