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HOUSE OF LORDS - INDESTRUCTIBLE

FRONTIERS RECORDS | Release Date: June 5 2015

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It seems like it was only the other day that House of Lords put out the irresistible ‘Precious Metal’ and so soon after James Christian’s equally impressive third solo album in 2013; and already there is another opus about to hit the decks. ‘Indestructible’ marks House of Lord’s tenth outing and coincidentally it is also the tenth anniversary of the current incarnation of the band led by Christian.


For those familiar with the band of recent years the great news is that nothing has changed at all. That trademark sound is still here but further honed as the band continues to grow as a unit. This is great sweeping Hard Rock, full of great arrangements, huge melodies and great big hooks. As yu might expect from House of Lords the production is sumptuous too.


Opening with a killer one-two punch of lead single ‘Go To Hell’ and title track ‘Indestructible’ the album gets off to a fiery start after the initial mood setting archaic quasi-religious chant gives way to a huge riff and driving vocals backed with the soft cloudbank of keys. It’s stirring stuff, and the album continues to deliver  with the more reflective ‘Pillar of Salt’ setting a lighter drifting tone with an almost if ‘The Beatles were Zep’ vibe, though vocally Christian is at times overshadowed in the mix. The roaring ‘100mph’ getting us right back in the thick of the Metal meets Hard Rock meat of the album.


The mid-section of the album showcases the lush Melodic side of the band with the sweeping sheen of ‘Call my Bluff’ perhaps the song that best showcases Christian’s vocals and ‘We Will Always Be One’ taking you into even softer ground and ballad territory – it takes a few listens this one, but it’s worth persevering. After the dip into the shallower waters ‘Die to Tell’ again takes up the Metal thrust with abandon before ‘Another Dawn’ blossoms into a top-notch Melodic anthem – one of the very best here.


We close just as strongly as we started with the lush production and Classic Rock of ‘Eye of the Storm’ and the searing ‘Ain’t Suicidal’ – another fine Metallic Hard Rock outburst which is another of our favorites - a track which typifies the Metallic leanings of ‘Indestructible’ – old school it may be but it’s damned good and the refrain simply takes flight. The album closes with ‘Stand and Deliver’ which underlines the harder edge the band has in 2015 – it’s the sort of storming road song made to play loud and with so much energy you can’t help but rock out.


House of Lords manage to up the ante yet again – this is stirring stuff and these guys show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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