House of Lords
Big Money
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 23 September, 2011
Playing time: 50:44

"Big Money" is the 6th full length album from the powerhouse House Of Lords and all you fans of AOR and melodic hard rock know the quality level this band normally delivers, so my expectations are high. With James Christian as the big front man and with his strong characteristic vocal effort, he is the stamp and trademark of this group. And as usual he has surrounded himself with great musicans; on guitar he got the great Jimi Bell, on the bass Chris McCarvill and finally on drums BJ Zampa.

After listening to "Big Money" several times, I must surrender to the tight and solid production and HOL shows what heavyweights they are in this genre. BIG is the right word for the intro track and also the title track, 'Big Money' is a metal roller with drums heavy as lead, awesome vocals from James and fatty guitar riffs from Jimi Bell who's playing in absolute world class. 'One Man Down' is the next highlight on "Big Money" with a soft intro and then a burst into a powerful vocal performance and high pressure guitar mode. 'First To Cry' fills my heart with lot of heat and feelings and HOL is a gem in the melodic rock scene. In the super track 'Someday When' James uses his whole vocal arsenal and lifts the song into the classic field. 'Searchin'' is the only weaker track, compared to the rest the album, so we skip to the much stronger 'Living in a Dream World' with a more progressive and dark side of HOL and they do it extremely well.

They cover all the genres from AOR to heavy hard rock. It's a pleasure to discover new favourite tracks on the album each time I listen to it and it's a sign that it will stay quite a long time in my Ipod. Thumbs up guys.

01. Big Money
. One Man Down
. First To Cry
. Someday When
. Searchin'
. Living in a Dream World
. The Next Time I Hold You
. Run for Your Life
. Hologram
. Seven
. Once Twice
. Blood
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target ( Denmark)
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Patrik Skoglund
Date: 8 September, 2011