Press release

House Of Lords and Talisman


HOUSE OF LORDS singer James Christian has recently released this statement concerning the recording of the forthcoming studio album :
Hello everyone, I wanted to make this announcement before any rumour trickle in regarding the new HOUSE OF LORDS line-up. As many of you know the original line-up just completed a few shows at Firefest in Europe. It was great to be together again with my band-mates and perform songs from our catalogues of CDs. In my opinion, this reunion needed to happen and I am so glad that it did. I only wish that we could have had the whole band there.

That being said, a new CD of HOL with the original line-up would not be exactly what the fans expect. Not that the music would not be stellar because Ken, Chuck and Lanny are the best musicians I have ever played with.

The fans have expressed the fact that they really miss the traditional HOL sound and that they missed that on our last release. Musical tastes change and that is what happened with the original HOL line-up.

I wanted to do a House of Lords CD that remained true to the sound that our fans remember. Also the Melodic Rock sound still remains true in my heart and I want to continue to write and sing songs in that vein. I would not be able to accomplish that without a change.

After speaking with Gregg and discussing his involvement in the CD, we commenced the writing of the new studio album, with a renewed line up consisting of myself and Gregg Giuffria together with Jimi Bell on guitar (ex WAYNE, MIKE VESCERA, THUNDERHEAD), B.J Zampa on drums (ex MALMSTEEN, DRIVER, WAYNE, THUNDERHEAD) and the experienced musician and songwriter Jeff Kent on bass. They are all experienced musicians and have brought a lot to the new songs both in terms of writing and of arrangements.

I am sure the new record will please all our fans and will mark the beginning of a new and successful era for the band”.


Jeff Scott Soto and Marcel Jacob are busy writing and recording a brand new TALISMAN album, tentatively called “Bar”. Recording is taking place at Ulf Wahlberg’s XTC studios in Stockholm, Sweden and the recording line-up will also feature long-time members Fredrik Akesson on guitars and Jaime Borger on drums.

According to bass player Marcel Jacob: “The material is extremely melodic and groovy. Very little metal... and we are working on some ballad material”. The album is tentatively planned for a late summer release and the band is considering some possibilities for live appearances in the fall.