House Of Lords – House Of Lords [1988]

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This is the debut album by American melodic hard rock/AOR band “House of Lords” originally released in 1989. “House of Lords”, arguably the archetypal AOR super-group of the lat e 80s, were actually a re-formed version of the band “Giuffria”. Under Gene Simmon’s management, AOR hero Greg Giuffria reunited with former “Giuffira” members guitarist Lanny Cordola and bassist Chuck Wright (who played on the debut album). The line up also featured “Fifth Angel”/Alice Cooper drummer Ken Mary and last but not least, singer James Christian who would led the band through the decades.

“House of Lords” arguably set to combine the most appealing elements of 80s rock drawing from such subgenres as melodic hard rock, AOR and glam metal. Perhaps the album’s greatest achievement comes down to the fact that all musicians are given room to shine on “House of Lords” each of the five a protagonist in their own right.

Songs commonly open on Giuffria’s imaginative keyboard harmonies which also kick in during the choruses. Lanny’s guitar is just as much in the spotlight delivering thick opening riffs and flamboyant melodic shredding. Ken Mary’s drum attack is up front in the mix while the stickman holds nothing back delivering big toms and the occasional double bass attack. The latter is perfectly complemented by Wright’s bass lines handling everything from pomp AOR, to hair metal to melodic hard rock, delivering the appropriate tone on each occasion. Finally there is Chrisitan’s monumental performance making instant classics out of “Pleasure Palace” , “Edge of your life”, “Hearts of the world” and “I wanna be loved”.

“House of lords” would go through various line-up changes in the following years, break up and re-form with only consistency provided by James Christian who went on to lead the group in the new millennium effectively releasing a string of superior melodic hard rock albums. Still the “House of Lords” debut still stands as the very definition of a super-group at work!

Band Members
Chuck Wright – Bass,Backing Vocals
Gregg Giuffria – Keyboards,Backing Vocals
James Christian – Vocals
Ken Mary – Drums,Backing Vocals
Lanny Cordola – Guitars,Backing Vocals

Tracks
01. Pleasure Palace (6:19)
02. I Wanna Be Loved (3:18)
03. Edge Of Your Life (5:14)
04. Lookin’ For Strange (4:01)
05. Love Don’t Lie (4:16)
06. Slip Of The Tongue (3:27)
07. Hearts Of The World (4:12)
08. Under Blue Skies (4:35)
09. Call My Name (4:00)
10. Jealous Heart (3:42)

 

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