(7/10) House Of Lords becomes more and more a kind of emotional rollercoaster for me. The band of mainman James Christian released excellent records in the end of the 80's before they put the band on hold till the early 2000's. The re-start with "Power and the myth" was a bumpy one and the album delievered less than what was expected, based on the history.
I think that 2006 was an important year for House Of Lords. Christian found with Jimi Bell (g), Chris McCarvill (b) and BJ Zampa (d) partners in crime. The line up is a very stable one and the guys are working together up till today. This brought quality and continuity into House Of Lords. Excellent longplayers have been the result and therefore the expectations for the new album have been high.
After I have listened the first time to "Indestructable" I must say that I was a bit disappointed. The newest record of the four-piece has some good tracks . Tunes like the 'double header' in the beginning are great ones with excellent hooks. "Go to hell" starts with choral vocals before a harder riff picks it up and kicks off a hardrock song that has some oriental medlody lines and a rocking guitar. The following title track is even better. "Indestructable" is a heavy piece of melodic rock that has a mighty groove. It's the best number on the album.
There are some more rockers with the same pattern. "Die to tell" comes out of your speaker quite heavy too and the pushing bouncer "Ain't suicidal" is another fast rocker that makes fun.
And now comes the awaited BUT: tunes like "Pillar of salt", "Call my bluff" and the pathetic "We will always be one" are trivial and too sticky. Those tunes aren't sonic viagra. House Of Lords prove that they can do better.
To conclude: "Indestructable" is an album that has some highlights, but also some weaker spots. After having heard the album a few more times the impression got better than after the first round. Still, House Of Lord has potential for more. That's what they showed on the last records as well as with some songs on this album.
- Go to hell
- Pillar of salt
- Call my bluff
- We will aleays be one
- Die to tell
- Another dawn
- Eye of the storm
- Ain't suicidal