Power of Metal.dk Review

House of Lords
Precious Metal
Style: Hard Rock
Release date: 21 February, 2014
Playing time: 51:02

This is one of my most awaited releases this year. I've been a big, big fan of this amazing melodic rock band for many years. I have to tribute Gene Simmons (Simmons Records) for taking this band under his big black wings in the end of the 80's and helped them to release their eponymous debut album in 1988. He recruited the strong rock voice of James Christian and installed him in the front row. James is nowadays the foundation and the soul of House Of Lords and he seems to be in very good shape. His strong solo album 'Lay It All On Me' was released in 2013 and now it's time for another House Of Lords album!

'Precious Metal' is House of Lords ninth studio album and is the follow up of the superb album 'Big Money' from 2011. 'Precious Metal' was recorded and produced by James Christian and it has a clear, flawless sound-picture (as usual). The album is a melodic hard rock cheese-cake with a sugar sweet taste. Twelve smooth candy pieces of solid hard rock work. I'm not surprised really, because I've never been disappointed when I listen to Christian, Bell, McCarville and Zampa's disc productions. House of Lords stands for a high quality and 'Precious Metal' is another golden disc with a sound that is more in a "back to the basic" rock n roll. I love every minute of the album and this is 80's hard rock when it's the best.

After several spins of 'Precious Metal' with mixed tempos and different characters in the songs turn my listening into pure pleasure, but the disc is also a growing character from that was a darn good album has now turned into a monster album. The production is flawless and just right balanced in an appealing way, and the performance is without unnecessary oddities and is well performed. James Christian sings probably better than ever and Jimi Bell plays guitar with heavy, but melodic riffs throughout the album.

The opening track "Battle" appearing from their early heydays and could have been a track that was left over from that time. Song number two 'I'm Breaking Free' is a groovy heavy metal song with a mid-tempo with an already for me classical chorus. Subsequent 'Epic' is first-class hard rock with one of the better tracks going at a rapid pace. The tempo is turning down a little, at first in the lovely 'Live Every Day (Like It's the Last)', which in its unadorned mid-tempo pace gives sufficient enjoyment too, then to be touched by the beautiful and very catchy song 'Permission To Die'.

The title track is a rousing and powerful rock ballad, which clearly belongs to James voice, which is among the largest in the industry, nothing other than a beautiful track. After the last notes concerning ebbed in the previous track so begins the disc's best song 'Swimmin' With the Sharks' a dazzling song and an arena rock favourite song. 'Raw' is the weakest track on the album, but far from bad. 'Enemy Of Mine' is a AOR power ballad that crushes any doubts that the disc would now drop in quality towards the end. This could possibly be a future House Of Lords classic and with the shining voice of Robin Beck as guest. A charming and very beautiful song!!

'Action' gives you what the title suggests, stylish song with stylish melodies in all parties. The next song 'Turn Back the Tide' is a witty song, but with dimmed and emotional melodies that changes into a smoking rock n roll song. The disc is rounded off with 'You Might Just Saved My Life', which is a glorious ending of an album that might not have saved my life, but as in all cases saved my needs for outstanding songs filled with first-class melodies, nicely delivered with a touch of late 80's goodies. It doesn't feels like you can do this summation often nowadays. I'm giving the gold medal to the lords of the house.

(I saw his lovely wife Robin Beck together with some awesome rock legends with James Christian as a choir member?!, last autumn in cold and snowy Lycksele. I waited all night long to see him grab the microphone and hear him sing by himself, but in vain). I will have the pleasure to once again see Robin Beck and it will be at the Sweden Rock Festival in June, where all members of House of Lords will be with her ​​on stage (goes the rumors). On Väsby Rock Festival in July, the House of Lords themselves will appear and my tickets are already bought!

A given album for my 'best album of 2014 list'!

James Christian – vocals
Jimi Bell – guitars
BJ Zampa – drums
Chris McCarvill - bass

01. Battle
I'm Breakin' Free
Live Every Day (Like It's the Last)
Permission To Die
Precious Metal
Swimmin' With the Sharks
Enemy Mine
Turn Back the Tide
12. You Might Just Save My Life
Label: Frontiers Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 92/100
Reviewed by: Patrik J Skoglund
Date: 21 February, 2014
Website: www.jameschristianmusic.com