Frontiers www.frontiers.it [Released 21.03.14]
The ninth album from veteran Melodic/Arena rock band House of Lords finds the band playing with the attitude and energy of a band half their age. With “Precious Metal” the band are mixing their classic sound with a modern edge and, it would be fair to say, that they are evoking a sound more akin to their earlier albums then they have on the last couple of releases.
With soaring vocals, flourishes of keyboard and the great guitar runs that you would expect from the band – the album almost feels like the modern day successor to 1990’s “Sahara” (the album’s artwork also gives a nod in that direction with the use of the sword on both covers).
Vocalist and original member James Christian sounds as good as at any time in the band’s 27 year career and with guitarist Jimi Bell has created a musical partnership that will keep House of Lords fans happy. The production work on “Precious Metal” is modern, slick and exactly what the album needed – it also comes courtesy of Christian who has already carved out for himself a reputation as a top notch producer.
“But what about the songs on the album?” I hear you ask. Well, there is certainly no filler or padding to “Precious Metal”, with each of the 12 tracks sitting well amongst the others. “Live Every Day (Like It’s the Last)”, “Enemy Mine” and “Turn Back The Tide” are essential listening but it would be unfair to single out any track above the others on this album as each is consistently good.
House of Lords are bound to pick up new fans, as well as re-engaging with older ones (who will no doubt love “Precious Metal”) with this album and I look forward to live dates later this year. *****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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