House of Lords
Saint of the Lost Souls

Tracks
1. Harlequin
2. Oceans Divide
3. Hit the Wall
4. Saint of the Lost Souls
5. The Sun Will Never Set Again
6. New Day Breakin’
7. Reign of Fire
8. Concussion
9. Art of Letting Go
10. Grains of Sand
11. The Other Option


Band:
James Christian – Lead Vocals
Jimi Bell – Guitars
Chris Tristram – Bass
BJ Zampa - Drums


Discography:
House of Lords (1989)
Sahara (1990)
Demons Down (1992)
The Power And The Myth (2004)
World Upside Down (2006
Live in the UK (2007)
Come to My Kingdom (2008)
Cartesian Dreams (2009)
Big Money (2011)
Precious Metal (2014)

Indestructible (2015)


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Info:

Released 2017-03-24
Reviewed 2016-03-29

Links:
jameschristianmusic.com
frontiers

I reviewed House of Lords back in 2011; I said some nice things about the album Big Money that I liked. Since then some years have passed and the band has released two more albums, two albums that I have not written about. But now I have put pen to papyrus and drawn some hieroglyphs about the album there, an album that I probably shouldn’t like as much as I do. Because I really think this album sounds kind of tired. It sounds tired and lacking energy but it is still really good, something that feels a bit like a contradiction to me.

Arena rock is a good description of how this album sounds, the choruses are often large and with choruses that you want to sing along with. Quite catchy. It sounds much like House of Lords do, Christian’s vocals, the kind of style of songs they do although when I heard them last I thought they had more energy, perhaps the increased use of keys have had the effect of making their music appear to have less drive. The songs are of the usual selection for an album like this in the usual quantities, some ballady stuff, some mid-tempo, some more up-tempo, but nothing that really make the album fully come to life.

Yeah I like this album even though it lacks a sense of drive and energy, the songs are still great and enjoyable to listen to, strange as it may seem. It is an album that is a bit contradictory but it is great and kind of fresh as well, I think House of Lords fans will find this a very enjoyable album. Of all the great tracks on the album I think that the title track is the most uninteresting one, it isn’t really a good one an perhaps that is partly the reason for the sense of this album being a bit on the tired side. Although I also think that opening track Harlequin is another part in this as it is a great but tired track.

In the end I think the conclusion is that the album called Saint of the Lost Souls is a great album that should appeal to fans of this band, fans of the arena rock genre. It may be somewhat tired but the quality of the songs outweighs this and I think that James Christian and his band mates has put together one more very solid effort once more proving that they are a band that usually delivers the good stuff, even when they make tired stuff. I really like it.

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Label: Frontiers Music
Three similar bands: Def Leppard/Whitesnake/Van Halen
Rating: HHHHHHH (5/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm


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