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Lord - 2003 A Personal Journey


LORD - A PERSONAL JOURNEY (2003, METAL INVASION)
Lord Tim - vocals, programming, songs, mixing, engineering, artwork, design
Gustav Hoffmann - additional keyboards, backing vocals
Justin Lesley - bass guitar on Footsteps in the Sand, Freedom, The Richest Man, One World and Behind The Mask
Stuart Marshall - additional backing vocals, assistant engineering
Rob Zimola - Assistant engineering


Background
If you have ever been involved with the band Dungeon, either met the band themselves or visited their website, then you'll know first hand what a bunch of extremely talented and cool guys they are. Their fearless leader is Lord Tim, someone I have immense respect for. Here I sit at my computer, listening to Tim's debut solo album, having to critique something I wish I had the talent to do. I rate Tim in the same league as guys like Danny Danzi and Dann Huff. Not only are they virtuoso guitarists, and excellent vocalists, but they can also back it up with the song-writing and production. 'A Personal Journey' allows Tim to bring out a side of himself that doesn't fit in with Dungeon's material. It is clear after listening to this album why the songs do not fit the Dungeon mould.

The Songs
Firstly, there are a number of instrumentals, ranging from the Joe Satriani styled 'Reflections' to the George Lynch inspired 'By George!'. On the songs featuring vocals you get solid hard melodic rock. 'Footsteps In The Sand' has a strong Fifth Angel feel. There are ties to Leatherwolf on 'The Richest Man' and 'Behind The Mask'. 'Last Rites' is the most metal track, quite fast and aggressive.

In Summary
Though many of the solo's are taken from 4-track demo recordings, they have been digitally cleaned and sound fine. Due to budget restrictions the drums are machine made and it is more noticeable on some tracks than others. The production is good considering Tim did most of it himself and with limited funds. That again emphasises Tim's talent, as does the whole album. Thanks to Tim for the opportunity to get a peak inside the world of a usually very private person.

Track Listing:
01 The Dreaming
02 Footsteps In The Sand
03 Reflections
04 Freedom
05 By George!
06 The Richest Man
07 Journey Through Hell
08 The Traveller
09 One World
10 Behind The Mask
11 Rainy Nights
12 Last Rites

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