House of Lords has always been a stable and strong exponent of the American version of 80s inspired hard rock. The sole reason over the years has been James Christian, who has fronted and been the centerpiece everything has been built around.
After a long hiatus, they reformed in 2000, and have since released albums that range from rock solid to excellent. Not a single album disappoints and all are packed with first class hard rock. Sure, some of the albums might not be quite as strong as others, but one thing is for sure; when it says House of Lords on the cover you know what to expect!
The numerous changes in the line-up have almost gone unnoticed because James Christian is holding it all together. When guitarist Jimi Bell joined the ranks in 2005, things really started to click. One awesome album followed another, my favorite being Come to My Kingdom.
Album number eleven is another perfect example of American Hard Rock, with strong roots in the 80s, and another strong performance from James Christian and Jimi Bell. The bottom level is as always high, and with a few highlights spread over the curse of the album, we are once more treated to some fine hard rock.
You get exactly what you bargained for here, and once more, it’s done with heart and soul.
Best moments: ‘Harlequin,’ ‘Saint of the Lost Souls,’ ‘Reign of Fire,’ and ‘Grains of Sand.’
1. Harlequin (5:46)
2. Oceans Divide (4:18)
3. Hit the Wall (5:17)
4. Saint of the Lost Souls (4:33)
5. The Sun Will Never Set Again (4:15)
6. New Day Breakin’ (4:32)
7. Reign of Fire (4:31)
8. Concussion (3:52)
9. Art of Letting Go (3:43)
10. Grains of Sand (3:49)
11. The Other Option (4:22)
Playing Time: 49:04
James Christian - Vocals
Jimi Bell - Guitars
Chris Tristram - Bass
B.J. Zampa - Drums