LORD GREY - LADY OF THE LAKE (2002, SHIRE RECORDS)
Tony Silva - drums, backing vocals
Earle Lord - vocals
Geoff Gaboriault - guitar, backing vocals
Ben Walburn - guitar, backing vocals
Marc Kolodziej - bass
Here's another one of those 80's albums getting a breath of fresh 21st century air thrown over it. Perhaps buoyed by the minor success of the Z Records band Savannah
, this outfit called Lord Grey come wafting in from the 80's as if Cyndi Lauper
had never been away for close on two decades. Named after two guys in the band (Earle Lord and original bassist Doug Grey), their sound invokes memories of Surgin
(without the keyboards), and bands of the eurometal scene. You even get a sniff at what would eventually become Savannah
, though Lord Grey has a heavier and rockier feel when compared to the AOR overtones of that band. Singer Earl Lord has a tendency to drift off into Ted Poley
territory, but at the time these boys were goin' down, Earl would quite rightly say 'Ted who?'
When one looks at the bandname and cover, one immediately thinks this is a prog effort. But no, this is hard rock all the way. The songs themselves are loud and proud, classy too, though by todays standard they also sound dated. Good for some, not for others. Plenty of strong guitars, chops and riffs, and the obligatory big choruses as invented by Def Leppard
. A good start for the band with the riff-heavy 'Feel The Fire' followed by the stop start mid-tempo rocker 'Never Change Your Heart'. The Poley vocalisms hit home on the title track, but unfortunately the guitar strut plods ever so slightly. The ballad 'Give My Life To You' starts out pleasantly enough before the twin guitar attack kicks in. It's followed by 'Right Or Wrong', a full-on rocker guaranteed to bring the house down. Check out Earl's soaring vocal, giving Shy
's Tony Mills
a run for the money. 'Walk'n' is another hard-hitter while the last track 'Gypsy Soul' is a bluesy workout similar to Frontline
's 'This Pain Will Last Forever', though not in the same class (obviously).
Not utterly sure this album is gonna set the house on fire because of it's earlier history, but at least it's a good attempt by Shire Records to put this out into the market. It's definitely not throwaway material, and when compared to some of the later/current stuff out there, it can surely hold it's own. For fans of the 80's scene in particular.
01 Feel the Fire
02 Never Change Your Heart
03 Lady of the Lake
05 Give My Life for You
06 Leave it in the Wild
07 Right or Wrong
09 Gypsy Soul
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