Ever since the beginning, camp House Of Lords has never been a quiet one. Still, the last couple of releases has seen the same team of core member James Christian (vocals), Jimi Bell (guitars), B.J. Zampa (drums) and Chris McCarvill (bass), and it is really paying off! Because, to these ears Precious Metal is easy one of the best albums House Of Lords have delivered so far. You will find a couple of those on these pages.
And while on the first incarnation the keyboards were equally as important as the guitars, nowadays it is the guitar that dominates the sound. Besides the mighty tones of Christian of course. Yet that still leads us to the melodic rock sound of all that is to love about the band. Maybe it is because they manage to (still or again, depending on your point of view) sound fresh and energetic on this disk that makes it so appealing. With the title track actually being some sort of ballad, instead of a thundering rock anthem. Anyway, in this shape the boys may continue forever as far as I am concerned. Love this stuff!
Even if I may be biased as I tend to feel they never made a bad record, trust me when I say that if you have ever loved their sound, this is an album to own!
When someone like Gene Simmons gets involved in a band, you can be sure of a number of things: it rocks, it has quality, and he is pretty sure he makes some extra bucks 😉
Well, I am not sure about the money, but the first album by the mighty House Of Lords sure qualifies in the other aspects. Fronted by the powerhouse vocalist James Christian, and with a band that is a kind of who´s who (a lot of attorneys involved gives that away), keyboard wizard Greg Giuffria, Ken Mary on drums, Chuck Wright on bass and Lanny Cordola on guitars. The band not only wrote songs themselves, but also secured tracks and or help from Stan Bush, David Glen Eisley, and Rick Nielsen to name a few.
Style wise this is hard rock with many pomp features. Not a big surprise with Giuffria present. All this melted into an album that hits home hard. Be it with ballad like stuff, rockers, or mid tempo pieces, this is music with grandeur and impact. Pleasure Palace builds up slowly, I Wanna Be Loved rocks, Edge Of Your Life starts as a ballad, before turning into a monster chorus and powers up quite big. Looking For Strange, with it´s quirky boogie piano intro, is another up tempo rocker and Love Don´t Lie is the power ballad we all know (either from this, or from another rendition). More rockers follow and also my personal favourite Under Blue Skies, to give us another timeless album every home should own. Great stuff and like I mentioned in my post of Cartesian Dreams, this is music I never get tired of.
Ever since singer James Christian reignited House Of Lords, the guys have really been on a roll. And though I am not totally sure about this (and too lazy to look it up), I do believe the current line up with Jimi Bell on guitars, BJ Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass is the most persistent one.
Style wise they stick to the music that got them a record contract in the heyday. And that is just fine with me as I really like this big pompous style of hard rock. Christian himself is handling keyboards now, and while not being the wizard former sidekick Greg Giuffria obviously is, he still adds nice colours to the songs. And having his wife Robin Beck helping out on backing vocals does not hurt either. Speaking of Christian, recording in his studio, producing, mixing (with help from Dennis Ward) writing (with help), the man is a giant!
The music is what we have come to expect and like I said before, I really dig this stuff. So maybe little surprises, but you get the quality this music deserves and your expectations are met on the song department. So just lick it up and enjoy it to the fullest. I am a happy guy and will keep on buying this stuff as long as they operate on this level.