House Of Lords - 'Indestructible'

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THE BAND:                                                                                             
James Christian -vocals
Jimi Bell - guitar
Chris McCarvill - bass
BJ Zampa - drums


                                                                                 
TRACK LISTING:
1.)"Go To Hell" - This track opens with what sounded like a Catholic choir.  The rhythm guitar opens with a very short pick slide before opening into the main rhythm guitar riff.  Jimi plays the rhythm riff twice connecting the opening choir with the main intro section.  The main musical intro consisted of a standard House Of Lords intro arrangement.  There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse.  Underneath the rhythm guitar of the musical verse the band added a keyboard arrangement.  This keyboard arrangement really gave the verse a full sound.  Underneath the third lyric line Jimi change the rhythm guitar.  This rhythm change was just underneath the third lyric line.  For the fourth and seventh lyric lines of the musical verse James added a small echo at the end o his vocal line.  Instead of changing the rhythm guitar to connect the musical verse with the musical chorus James carried his last vocal line out just a little longer.  There was a small musical bridge consisted of a tom-tom fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus. There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  The vocal lines of the musical chorus consisted of a huge James vocal hook.  There was a tom-tom fill connecting the first chorus with the second verse.  The second verse and chorus was basically a repeat of the first two.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The outro after the coda consisted of a strange keyboard effect.

2.) "Indestructible" - This track opened with a snare and tom-tom pattern.  As the pattern progresses Jimi kicks-in a lead guitar riff.  The snare and tom-tom pattern continues up to the main intro section.  For the main intro BJ switched to a sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern.  Though there was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse BJ continued with the sixteenth-note hi-hat pattern.  The verse had a very simple sound to it.  After the forth and eighth lyric line there was a small drum fill.  There was a rhythm arrangement change for the musical chorus.  The pre- chorus had a huge House of Lords hook attached to it.  There was a drum fill connecting the pre-chorus with the chorus.  James vocals lines of the chorus had an amazing sound to them.  After the first chorus there was a lead guitar solo that lead to a breakdown section.
3.)" Pillar Of Salt" - This track opens with two rhythm guitar riffs before going into the main intro section.  After the second riff the drum line kicks-in.  It sounded like the band added a second rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical intro.  After the intro there was a drastic musical change.  For this musical change the main rhythm guitar switched from a distorted electric guitar to a clean electric picking rhythm.  Underneath the clean electric rhythm there was a second fill-in rhythm guitar riff.  It sounded like the band incorporated a very simple acoustic guitar arrangement underneath the lyric lines of the verse.  The band kick-in two electric rhythm guitar arrangements for the musical chorus.  The choruses were very laid back compared to the verses.  The way the guys arranged the music of this track was amazing!!!!  After the second chorus there was a musical build-up that lead to the lead guitar solo.  The coda consisted of an electric guitar riff.
4.)"100 Mph" - This intro opens with a heavy rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of several tom-tom patterns and cymbal crashes.  There was a snare drum pattern along with a vocal accent connecting the musical intro with the musical verse.  The rhythm guitar change for the musical verse had a very intense sound to it.  There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the lyric lines of the musical verse.  The musical verse and musical chorus was just a little too close together for my taste.  As a drummer I have to say it was the drum line that made this track.  with that being said this song was the first song on the release that actually had a lead guitar solo.
5.)"Call My Bluff" - From beginning to end this was a classically written James Christian song!
6.)"We Will Always Be One" - This ballad ranks up there will all of the ballads House Of Lords has written over the years.
7.)"Die To Tell" - This track opens with a lead guitar effect.  Underneath the effect BJ plays a tom-tom pattern.  As it progresses there are scattered backing vocal accents.  There was a snare drum pattern connecting the pre-intro with the main musical intro.  The rhythm guitar of the main intro section had a very intense feel to it.  There was a rhythm guitar change underneath the lyric lines of the musical verse.  The lyric lines and rhythm guitar riffs consist of the same pattern.  There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  At times through the musical chorus you can hear a very cool bass line.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo section.  This lead guitar solo lead to the third chorus.  The bass line was just amazing!
8.)"Another Dawn" - I really loved the way this semi-ballad was constructed.  It just proves why James has been in the music business for as long has he has!!!  
9.)"Eye Of The Storm" - BJ opened this song with a drum pattern that was done using drum triggers.  The musical verse consisted of a vocal line over the top of a very simple rhythm guitar arrangement.  The band keep the musical and lyrical verse very simple.  The choruses were amazing.  For the second verse it sounded like the band slowed the song down just a little.  James along with this version of House Of Lords are just amazing song songwriters and this song proves this!

10.)"Ain't Suicidal" - This track was just utterly amazing.  Especially the choruses and solo sections!!!!
11.)"Stand And Deliver" -This intro consisted of a rhythm guitar arrangement over the top of drum line.  Over the top of the rhythm guitar arrangement there was several James vocal accents.  The band kept the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the intro.  The way the guys arranged the short choruses gave te song a early eighties hard rock feel.  After the second chorus there was a lead guitar solo.  The lead guitar solo was amazing sounding.  This song was so intense and in your face it would have made for a great opening on the release.


    Former Angel and Giuffria keyboardist Gregg Giuffria originally formed House of Lords in 1987.  The original intent was for this project to be Gregg's third solo release.  However, after signing a record deal with Simmons Records (owned by Kiss member Gene Simmons) it was agreed upon, on Simmon's condition that the band's name be changed to House of Lords and a new lead singer recruited.  Former Eyes (1978) vocalist James Christian was recurited.  After House Of Lords first three releases, 'House Of Lords' (1988) and 'Sahara (1990) and 'Demons Down' (1992) founder Greg Giuffria was dissatisfied with the less keyboard direction he envisioned and chose to leave the band.  After leaving the band James Christian became the official leader of the group.
  
'Indestructible' is the seventh release House Of Lords has recorded since James has taken over has the leader of the band. Though you cannot deny the band had success with Gregg and Simmons Records however, there is no doubt James has taken the band to bigger and better places. 'Indestructible' is the best possible title for this release.  Because it just further proves what House of Lords are, indestructible.  Though personally I like some of their earlier releases better.  This still is an amazing release and the only thing holding the band back is Father Time!  If you're a fan of hard rock or House of Lords then this will make a great addition to your collection!!!