Fireworks

CD Reviews

House Of Lords - 'Big Money' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/b9/55/77/1491_houseoflordsbigmoney_1313005176.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     August 10, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
8113   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Eighth full length album by House Of Lords.

House Of Lords' eighth full length album ‘Big Money’ follows on from their 2009 release ‘Cartesian Dreams’ with the tried and tested formula that's kept them as one of the leading lights of Melodic Hard Rock for twenty years. It may only be James Christian that remains from 1988's debut but his strong rasping melodic vocals are an indelible stamp on House Of Lords' music.

Those that are familiar with House Of Lords will find plenty to get excited about on here: guitarist Jimi Bell, drummer BJ Zampa and bass player Chris McCarvill are totally sold on the idea of making the kind of album that gets original House Of Lords fans salivating from the mouth, unlike their predecessors who chose to forge a new, modern direction on 2004's ‘The Power And The Myth’, an album that was universally unpopular with the die-hards and was at odds with Christian's vocal style as he himself alluded to at the time. If I have to be harsh, the ballad ‘The Next Time I Hold You’ breaks no new ground but overall the choruses are big and the production values supplied by James Christian himself are slick and precise, although I would have liked to have heard McCarvill's bass slightly higher up in the mix.


Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Bell's guitar playing is prominent and if it's big riffs you're after such as on the title track, ‘One Man Down’ and ‘Seven’, or great solos such as on ‘Run For Your Life’, the beautiful but short solo on ‘Someday When’, or lovely arpeggio on ‘Hologram’, then you won't be disappointed. Big, glorious choruses are in abundance and it's hard to pick out any one in particular. The ‘wouldn't sound out of place on a Bon Jovi album’ ‘First To Cry’, the afore-mentioned honey-dripped ‘Someday When’ and ‘Hologram’, with its Def Leppard style multi-layering, ‘Livin' In A Dream World’ with its Arabesque feel, or ‘Once Twice’ with its exuberant, pacey sing-along style … all have memorable hooks that will have you singing them for days. Take your pick!

Zampa and McCarvill are solid and tight as you would expect having been chosen by Christian, although that's not to say that Zampa doesn't indulge with some lavish fills at every opportunity if you care to take notice. For a man in his fifties, James Christian's vocals seem not to have lost any of their edge. Much of the album may be centred on themes of love but he conveys the sentiments with aplomb and sure as hell shows no sign of slowing down. There's very little to fault this album other than what I've already mentioned, so go and grab yourself a copy. Like a fine wine, House Of Lords as a musical entity are as good today as they were twenty-three years ago. Once tasted, they're hard to put down.

Carl Buxton

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  August 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
     1  2  3  4
  5  6  7  8  91011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 2 weeks, 2 days ago
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Not sure why the password disappeared, but it's back. Pls. download your copy from the usual place (i.e. Fireworks - > Bonus CD 87 on the TOP menu). Have fun! :)
  • SeaDog57 : Berny looking for the link and password to Issue 87 free music
  • Berny : @yvesrock: Apologies for the troubles. I've just sent you an email.
  • yvesrock : Hi,I ordered the 11th june the new Fireworks' magazine (issue 87) and I didn't receive it. Can you see if you sent it ? Best wishes Yves
  • yvesrock : Hi,
  • Berny : @Gazza2005: Please accept my apologies for the delay in processing your order. You should have received a confirmation mail by now. We are really trying our best to fix the payment issue as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience! PS: It seems as if you sent the payment twice, we sent you a refund.
  • Gazza2005 : I have bought issue 80 and I still ha e not had confirmation of my download. Please could this be sorted out
  • Gazza2005 : Hello. Can someone direct me to my download please
  • Gazza2005 : Can someone help please
  • Gazza2005 : It’s Fireworks 80
  • Gazza2005 : Just paid for my online version / download but I keep getting failure message. All paid for so what is going on
  • Berny : Sorted! Thanks for your patience, enjoy the magazine! :)
  • HenningHallq : Hey guys! I purchased FIREWORKS #87 yesterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account. Can you help me with this? Thanks a lot!
  • Siodmak : Really thanks !!!!
  • Berny : @Siodmak: Pls. do not worry about the error message, we currently have to process orders manually because of a n issue with our payment system. I do not want to bore you with technical details, but the redirection from PayPal to our shop does not work as it should, that's why your purchase is not assigned automatically. We are working on it! Sorry for the troubles & thanks for your understanding. We hope you like the new issue of Fireworks! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys : - ) same problem as with previous number: just purchased Fireworks Mag. 87, and this is the message: "We are sorry, but it looks like your transaction failed". I've paid it with paypol. Thanks for your help!!
  • Berny : @Raphone @colorvine: You should have received your download instructions by now, if you haven't, pls. send a mail to «email» - Sorry for the troubles!
  • colorvine : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Raphone : Hello! Purchased FIREWORKS #87 yeasterday and paid by my paypal, but there is still no download link on my account.Can you help? Thanks
  • Berny : Fireworks Magazine #87 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks again Berny
  • Berny : Hi SeaDog57: Apologies!Password can be found in the forum, link was (again) added to the "Fireworks" menu.
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; need a download link for #86 and the pg number for the Code
  • Berny : @Siodmark: Pls. check your mail! Apologies for the troubles, we hope you enjoy the magazine! :)
  • Siodmak : Hello guys! Purchased FIREWORKS #86 and paid by my paypal, but there is no download link on my account. Can you please help me? tnks ; - )
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site