ARTIST:

HOUSE OF LORDS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

NEW WORLD - NEW EYES

(2020)
LABEL:

FRONTIERS RECORDS

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
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"House Of Lords has hit very hard with this very convincing "New World - New Eyes"."
LYNOTT (15.06.2020)  
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For over thirty years now, veterans of House Of Lords have been offering us their melodic hard rock albums on a regular basis. 'Saint Of The Lost Souls', released three years ago,  left us with a mixed feeling. So, this "New World - New Eyes" was eagerly awaited.

The quartet remains the same as in the previous production. James Christian, the man with the velvet voice, and the excellent guitarist Jimi Bell are still leading the way, Chris Tristam here investigates his second album with them on bass and B. J. Zampa is now celebrating his fifteenth birthday behind the drums with the band. It is on the composition side that the novelty comes. Indeed, House Of Lords chose for this "New World - New Eyes" to call upon Mark Spiro to release some tracks from his bag. This American author, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer has already brought his know-how to some big names such as Giant, Bad English, Reo Speedwagon, Kansas, Mr Big and Winger, without forgetting to offer some personal opus. 

The melodic hard rock proposed by House Of Lords is known to be particularly well worked, majestic and addictive. Spiro, who has always instilled a strong sensitivity in his compositions, didn't have to force his nature to adapt his musicality to the American sounds. The mix of talents is here of a formidable efficiency. This twelfth opus of the combo definitely makes you forget the "Saint Of The Lost Souls" pitfall. 

The eponymous track opens the album in a Gotthard style. Then comes an electro-atmospheric passage lasting more than a minute before we get acquainted with the first real measures of 'Change (What's It Gonna Take)'. Marked by Mark Spiro's recognizable style, it keeps the listener in his calm discovery of the work. The acceleration will come later, after a 'One More', which has a memorable chorus in the great tradition of House Of Lord and the only ballad of the work, the sensitive 'Perfectly (You And I)' which perfectly respects the traditions of the genre.

Four gems then follow with 'The Both Of Us', 'Chemical Rush' (with its Whitesnake side on the verses), 'We're All That We Got' (what a melodic rise!) and 'Better Off Broken'. The choruses are monumental and the choruses rain down on the listener drowned by the flood of guitars.

It's a pity, however, that this beautiful momentum is slowed down by two less notable tracks. Indeed, '$5 Buck Of Gasoline', despite its little 'Kashmir' side of Led Zep (the rhythm on the verses) and 'The Chase', with its Def Leppard-style start, unfortunately don't manage to reach the level of the previous tracks. Luckily the opus ends with the powerfull 'Summit' and its chorus to be sung at the top of one's lungs. 

House Of Lords has hit very hard with this "New World - New Eyes". This is good news which allows us to envisage, rather serenely, a place in the top five places in the race for the best albums of the year in the melodic hard rock category.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. New World New Eyes
02. Change (What's It Gonna Take)
03. One More
04. Perfectly (You And I)
05. The Both Of Us
06. Chemical Rush
07. We're All That We Got
08. Better Off Broken
09. $5 Buck Of Gasoline
10. The Chase
11. The Summit

LINEUP:
B.J. Zampa : Batterie
Chris Tristram: Basse
James Christian: Chant / Claviers
Jimi Bell: Guitares
   
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