September 28, 2022

House of Lords – Review of Saints and Sinners

Label: Frontiers Music

Genre: Melodic Rock

EU release date: September 16, 2022

Line up:

James Christian – Vocals, Guitars
Jimi Bell – Guitars
Mark Mangold – Keyboards
Johan Koleberg – Drums

List of tracks:

Saints and sinners
House of the Lord
take it all
road warrior
mistress of darkness
avalanche
Roll like thunder
Flashy
dream everything
take back my heart
fallen angels

Even though the term “supergroup” is used almost inflationary these days, the House of Lords was certainly one in its early days. Besides singer James Christian, there were Gregg Griuffria, Chuck Wright, Ken Mary and Lanny Cordola on board; all good sounding names. This quintet had a major influence on melodic metal and delivered a timeless classic with their second album ‘Sahara’.

Over time, there were several line-up changes and even though House Of Lords never really delivered bad records, the band led by James Christian were unable to replicate their early hits. Even the latest album ‘Saints and Sinners’ won’t change that.

House Of Lords continues to rely on the basic musical formula of previous releases. On their eleventh studio album, great melodies, feelings, but also a certain harshness are in order. And as you might expect, it’s the voice of bandleader Christian who is the main driving force behind ‘Saints and Sinners’.

AOR is the main musical direction that manifests in songs like ‘Take It All’. If you prefer more rock sounds, you should try your luck with ‘Road Warrior’. The fast rock song has plenty of momentum before House Of Lords builds the big melodic arcs with “Mistress of the Dark.”

Anyone who expects the unstoppable power of an avalanche with ‘Avalanche’ will be disappointed because it is a piano ballad, which soulfully tries to find its way into the listener’s heart. But in order not to get completely lost in the maelstrom of emotions, ‘Roll Like Thunder’ follows, perhaps the best song on the album. Christian and his colleagues take it up a notch and one wonders why they don’t do it more often.

‘Saints and Sinners’ is a rock solid album. James Christian remains faithful to his musical principles and delivers a record that offers beautiful melodies, a lot of emotion, and sometimes a share of harshness. Thus, the singer meets all expectations and satisfies confirmed listeners without taking big risks.

Written by: Markus Wiedenmann

Rating 8/10

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