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House Of Lords - 2015 Indestructible



ARTIST: House Of Lords
ALBUM: Indestructible
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 693
YEAR: 2015

SPONSOR: Frontiers Portal

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: James Christian - vocals * Jimi Bell - guitars * Chris McCarvill - bass * B.J Zampa - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Go To Hell * 02 Indestructible * 03 Pillar Of Salt * 04 100 Mph * 05 Call My Bluff * 06 We Will Always Be One * 07 Die To Tell * 08 Another Dawn * 09 Eye Of The Storm * 10 Ain't Suicidal * 11 Stand And Deliver

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WEBLINKS: www.jameschristianmusic.com


Background
Nearly every House Of Lords album has been reviewed here at GDM. No stopping now while we're on a roll. They just seem to keep delivering the goods, at least for a decade or so; the band line-up very stable and album's are excellent. A very bold statement given the latest album title, and if it's titanium plated metal that you want, then look no further.


The Songs
Like many listeners and reviewers have already staked out, the industrial heavy left-hand guitar style of Jimi Bell is a compelling reason why this band gets a look in. I'll add to that his other side-kick band Maxx Explosion as well (review coming). Monstrous riffs keep coming at you. If this was a movie in 3D, you'll be lurching back in your seat. You gotta love the chanting Monks at the start of 'Go To Hell', but it's that irrepressible guitar tone of Bell that sets the album on its way. So too with the title 'Indestructible', where James Christian could be singing about Humanity v3.0, but I think he's singing about the power of compassion.. 'Look at me now, I'm indestructible, I don't even have a heart to hurt. I'm lifting humans now, I'm indestructible.' 'Pillar Of Salt' is an emotive rocker, with the focus on vocals, which is where Christian fits in. Bell's guitar solo also lifts this song beyond the ordinary. '100mph' is just how I like HoL to sound.. full on and at top-throttle. The mid-section of the album eases up, but not by much. 'Call My Bluff' and 'We Will Always Be One' are a legacy of HoL's past melodic rock efforts. 'Die To Tell' and 'Another Dawn' maintain that flair for the dramatic, while 'Ain't Suicidal' and the finale 'Stand And Deliver' is just that; big, bold and brash metal. It's a statement, no less no more. Wow.


In Summary
'Indestructible' adds to House Of Lords impressive resume of album releases. You can stack these all up and know that you have a quality set of CD's in your collection. Probably one of Frontiers more consistent bands on their roster, and an album that will sit somewhere in my Top 20 by years end.


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#1 | gdazegod on July 20 2015 06:45:26
House Of Lords - 2015 Go To Hell
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#2 | DEMONAOR on July 20 2015 16:41:29
Yep a top album of the year.
#3 | jeffrey343 on November 21 2015 00:10:00
This is every bit as good as 'Precious Metal', which I reviewed last year. Impressive that they can turn out another great album in such short time. Having said that, these guys are apparently a band where I have to be in just the right mood to really enjoy them. And I haven't been in that mood as much this year as I was in early 2014 with 'Precious Metal' was getting a lot of play from me.

Some reviewers have mentioned that JC is getting a lot of help from his better half Robin Beck on the high harmonies. I don't hear it as much as others. To me, this sounds pretty much just like their past several albums. Not a problem for me - if it ain't broke, why fix it? That's one of the good aspects of the current scene - artists don't have to worry as much about tweaking their sound to please the record company execs or the radio station managers.

To me, the big 'radio hit' would be 'Call My Bluff'. It's kinda like the sound from Rainbow's 'Stone Cold'. The whole album is great, and I consider it to be their most consistent effort yet.
 
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