Released: 2004, Frontiers Records / Atenzia Records
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
First, let me give some background info about House of Lords. Ex-Giuaffra members, Gregg and Chuck, formed House Of Lords in 1988. They brought along Ken, James, and Lanny to form a new super group. After some demos they released their self-titled debut in 1989 produced by Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones). Their debut is still counted as one of the best arena rock albums from the 80’s. A lot of touring followed with the band as support to Cheap Trick in the U.S. and Scorpions in Europe. In 1990 they released their follow up SAHARA - once again produced by Andy. A long tour with Nelson followed during 1991 and after that the band was laid to rest. Another version of the band was put together by JVC in Japan and Victory Records in U.S. Work on a third album began called DEMONS DOWN. During the 90’s the original members several different things such as playing with other artists, producing albums, composing film music…. During that time they kept in touch with each other. In 2001 the original band reunited and got a deal with Frontiers Records. It has taken them 2 years to finish THE POWER AND THE MYTH. The keyboard player Gregg Giuaffra is not a part of the band anymore since he has chosen to concentrate on his solo career. To take his place they have taken 4 other very famous keyboard players (see the line up).
THE POWER AND THE MYTH continues where the band left off many years ago. However, they have updated their sound. House of Lords took care of the great production themselves. As you should know, House of Lords play very melodic hard rock but instead of using keyboards high in the mix, they have put lead vocals and guitar as the main ingredients. There are some influences of heavy rock in their music and the tracks are most are memorable. James has an appropriate voice that matches the music. Lanny is a great guitar player and he follows the music and puts in his magical guitar harmonies.
All songs are of a very high class and I can’t pick any favorite amongst them, even the cover is brilliant. This is pure brilliant melodic hard rock. This is absolutely one of the albums you must buy this year if you’re a fan of melodic hard rock. House of Lords continue on their path to be one of the greater bands in this genre.