ARTIST:

HOUSE OF LORDS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

DEMONS DOWN

(1992)
LABEL:

VICTORY

GENRE:

MELODIC HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Easy-Listening
"Each track of this "Demons Down" deserves a careful listening and brings House of Lords in the ranks of the best melodic hard rock bands."
LOLOCELTIC (10.02.2010)  
5/5
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Two years after the excellent "Sahara", and while the period doesn't seem to be any more in Hard Melodic Rock, the airwaves beginning to be invaded by Grunge, House Of Lords offers us a new album, "Demons Down" characterized by a new turn-over within a team led by Gregg Giuffria and James Christian. The American combo sees landing some big names with the bassist Sean McNabb who replaces Chuck Wright that he had already replaced in Quiet Riot, and especially with the legendary Tommy Aldridge on drums. The team is completed by the guitarist Dennis Chick, less known, but having already proved himself within VVSI.

The production of this "Demons Down" is even more powerful than on its predecessors, carried by the keyboards of Giuffria. The latter manages to fill all the spaces while letting the other instruments express themselves. James Christian's voice is undoubtedly the jewel of this opus and is supported by omnipresent choirs reinforced by some prestigious guests (Paul Stanley, Fiona, David Glen Eisley). The rhythmic section propels the whole with strength and accuracy, while Dennis Chick, if he is more discreet than his predecessors, puts his talent at the service of the whole, while slipping some quality solos, and an ounce of first order on the introduction of a "Down, Down, Down" also marked by a surge of double-pedals on its final.

Because this is the main strength of House Of Lords on "Demons Down": it is impossible to find the slightest weakness, either in the interpretation or in the composition. Each track is a single or a hymn in power, while the tempos are varied and the whole palette of the Hard FM is approached. The melodic hard of the quintet can be powerful ("O Father"), heavy ("Talkin' Bout Love"), or flirt with the legends of the genre like on "Metallic Blue", whose riff and double keyboard/guitar solo are not without evoking Deep Purple. But House Of Lords also perfectly masters the more commercial side of its style. "What's Forever For" is a power ballad with a heady chorus, while the mid-tempo "Spirit Of Love" has all the weapons to be a hit on the FM waves. Finally, helped by Alan Pasqua (Giant), Giuffria and Christian reach the stars with a delicate and airy "Inside You".

As you can see, each track deserves to be stopped here and makes "Demons Down" an accomplished work that should have marked this musical genre if it hadn't been in decline. Unfortunately, it also marks the end of the first part of a story that was thought to be over long ago. But don't let that stop you from buying this true masterpiece and giving it the tribute it didn't get at the time.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. O Father - 5:56
02. Demons Down - 3:35
03. What's Forever For - 4:37
04. Talkin' 'Bout Love - 4:51
05. Spirit Of Love - 4:35
06. Down, Down, Down - 4:51
07. Metallic Blue - 5:07
08. Inside You - 5:39
09. Johnny's Got A Mind Of His Own - 3:43
10. Can't Fight Love - 3:22

LINEUP:
Dennis Chick: Guitares
Gregg Giuffria: Claviers
James Christian: Chant
Sean Mcnabb: Basse
Tommy Aldridge: Batterie
   
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