...a record which is a solid reminder that House Of Lords is a musical force to be reckoned with in the melodic rock world.
House of Lords were put together by former Giuffria members Gregg Giuffria (Angel), Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot) and Lanny Cordola. They brought in Alice Cooper drummer Ken Mary to fill out the instrumental portion of the group and based on some early demos they caught the interest of Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, who signed the band to his new custom label Simmons Records, a subsidiary of RCA/BMG. The band's 1989 self-titled debut, produced by the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), also featured the untapped talents of vocalist James Christian. The album is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80's. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals and instrumental capabilities of the band, reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans.
In 1990, House of Lords released their sophomore effort, "Sahara", produced again by Andy Johns. With Doug Aldrich filling the spot for Cordola, the album is another spectacular sampling of incisive, tastefully executed hard rock. House of Lords gained considerable chart success with their cover version of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home". It was the number one most requested song on rock radio in the U.S. that year. After a long tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded.
Another version of House of Lords was formed in 1992 thanks to the input of JVC in Japan who went on to produce a third album for the group: "Demon's Down". This was a more melodic record, with a dramatically altered line-up that only featured original members Giuffria and Christian. This new incarnation however didn't last long, before the band called it a day. House of Lords reunited in 2000 with the original line-up featuring keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Ken Mary, guitarist Lanny Cordola and singer James Christian, releasing the controversial "Power and the Myth" an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70's rock influences.
After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of "Power and the Myth". New members Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and the last arrival Chris McCarvill on bass have supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album "World Upside Down", a record which caused a real stir in the Hard Rock and Melodic Rock scene.
House of Lords toured relentlessly Europe and the States in support to the release and delivered some great performances, who had their peak at the United Forces of Rock Festival 2006 in Ludwigsburg, Germany where the band went down a storm playing in front of a screaming crowd. "World Upside Down" was a real success for the band, so James Christian and the guys went back to the recording with the precise task to create a true rock milestone which could pick up where "World Upside Down" left off.
The result is "Come To My Kingdom": a record which is a solid reminder that House Of Lords is a musical force to be reckoned with in the melodic rock world. The new album is filled with expertly crafted songs that cross over from the melodic world to 2008, without missing a beat. The sheer power of the vocal and music will make you a believer that "Come To My Kingdom" is destined to become a true classic House Of Lords album.
The band will be touring Europe from the spring 2008. Dates will be posted at the Frontiers Records website as well as www.jameschristianmusic.com