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House of Lords - "World Upside Down"

Reviewed by: Tommny Hash
Genre: Prog Rock
Country: USA
Language: English
Length: 57:17
Release Date: May 19, 2006
Band Members: James Christian (vocals, guitar) Jimi Bell (guitar)
  Jeff Kent (bass, keyboards, backing vocals) B.J. Zampa (drums)
  Robin Beck (backing vocals) Terry Brock (backing vocals)
Track Listing: 1.)- Mask Of Eternity 8.)-Million Miles
  2.)- These Are The Times 9.)- Your Eyes
  3.)- All The Way to Heaven 10.)-Ghost Of Time
  4.)-Field Of Shattered Dreams 11.)-My Generation
  5.)- I'm free 12.)- S.O.S. In America
  6.)-All The Pieces Falling 13.)-World Upside Down
  7.)-Rock Bottom
The Review

This record as well as their last one, 'The Power and the Myth', proves that now is the time for this band. Faring a much better sound at this point than in the in their overproduced late 80's phase, House of Lords have recently pertained to a highly technical edge to the melodic rock stance they present. Originally arising out of the ashes of both Angel and Giuffria, the band now stands making music on their own terms without any major label pressure, producing a darkish record filled with moodiness and grinding guitar riffs. ***

Featuring vocalist James Christian and guest Gregg Giuffria producing the keyboards (although he is not a full-time member anymore), the album captures the essence of technical melodic metal, filled with hard edged emotion, especially with tracks such as "All the Way to Heaven" and the churning "Rock Bottom." But it is tracks such as the semi-acoustic "All the Pieces Falling," the sub-balladry of "Your Eyes," and the highly atmospheric "Ghosts of Time" that really stand out with their hooks and melodies; in other words, in perfect world, these would be all over the radio. ***

Needless to say that one of the bands that founded the whole melodic metal/rock AOR genre are continuing it with profound execution, where 'World Upside Down' has raised the bar.


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