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13
Jan

HOUSE OF LORDS Deliver 'Saint Of The Lost Souls' March 24

Friday, March 24, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of “Saint Of The Lost Souls”, the tenth studio album from House of Lords. The album, which is the follow up to their highly successful “Indestructible”, will be released March 24th.
 
Beginning today, the first audio offering from “Saint Of The Lost Souls” entitled “Oceans Divide” can be heard HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cirgDpXk_K0
 
You can pre-order the album and/or stream first single, "Oceans Divide" here: http://radi.al/SaintoftheLostSouls
 
Recorded and produced by the band’s singer and mastermind James Christian, this collection of songs has an incredible flow of up-tempo and mid-tempo rockers mixed with power ballads, which lean a bit more toward keyboards this time around, but without compromising the band's trademark sound which is based around Jimi Bell’s guitar.
 
“Saint Of The Lost Souls” is already one of the years most anticipated melodic rock releases and will not disappoint fans of the band or genre. James Christian's well crafted and smooth vocals bring the band's craft to new heights. Guitarist Jimi Bell is on fire and the melodic riffs throughout the album will leave you breathless. A new addition on bass is Chris Tristram, who is no stranger to the rock community. His solid performance adds another dimension to the sound and BJ Zampa brings a solid and powerful rhythm foundation to House of Lords.
 
House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of their self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80’s. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria, along with luminaries Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), were reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Deep Purple, and Van Halen and immediately brought the band to the attention of the music media and fans.
 
With their sophomore release, “Sahara”, House of Lords had considerable radio and video chart success with their cover of Blind Faith’s “Can't Find My Way Home”. After a tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded, eventually coming back together with a new lineup (featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with "Demon's Down". With the change in musical climate at the time, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial “Power and the Myth”, an album which featured a sound leaning more towards progressive hard rock with 70’s rock influences. After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark arena rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of “Power and the Myth”. New members Jimi Bell on guitars and B.J. Zampa on drums supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album, “World Upside Down”, a record which caused a real stir in the hard rock and melodic rock scenes. That album was followed up by the equally impressive “Come to My Kingdom” in 2008, "Cartesian Dreams" in 2009, "Big Money" in 2011, and “Precious Metal” in 2014.
 
The band has toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the hard rock scene on both continents. House Of Lords stands for superb hooks and majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of their stellar debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. All these ingredients you will find on “Saint Of The Lost Souls” which shines from the first second to the last!
 
“Saint Of The Lost Souls” Track Listing:
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
 
 

 

 
Mon
09
May

R.I.P JEFF KENT (House Of Lords, Robin Beck, James Christian)

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Today we mourn the passing of yet another member of the melodic rock community.
Singer, producer and songwriter JEFF KENT sadly passed away over the weekend. There are no details of his death, but what matters is that we have lost another very talented and well liked friend of MelodicRock.
 
Jeff began his career writing in the 70s, continued on in the 80s writing with Desmond Child for Kiss; Cyndi Lauper, Ellie Greenwich, Ellen Foley before moving on to writing with Robin Beck, Company Of Wolves, and finally for House Of Lords and James Christian/Robin Beck, for which he is best known in this part of the business.
 
His writing formed the basis for the two major House Of Lords albums ‘Come To My Kingdom’ and ‘World Upside Down’.
 
So 2016 claims another life. JEFF KENT, we thank you for your immense talents and great songs. May you rest in peace.
 
Fri
16
Oct

MAXX EXPLOSION - Dirty Angels (Review)

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Maxx Explosion
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2015
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USA
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Melodic Hard Rock
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Kivel Records
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2015
Monday, March 9, 2015
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Maxx Explosion of course are the max-trio from House Of Lords – drummer BJ Zampa, guitarist Jimi Bell and the singing bassman himself Chris McCarvil.
The album has been out months now, so this is one of a few reviews I’m adding with the caveat that “if you haven’t yet purchased, check this out now!”
 
That sentiment couldn’t be more apt for the band’s second album Dirty Angels. The debut featured some solid songwriting and something a little different to House of Lords, but the production was terrible and I’ve not listened to it since reviewing. A real shame that.
But Dirty Angels fixes that problem and goes another step forward in the songwriting department.
This album helps establish the band’s identity – there’s more character and individual expression here than the debut and the production and mix are a huge step forward. It sounds killer.
 
Harmonies, big grooves, hard edged riffs and catchy songs are the order of the day here.
 
Doctor Saturday is a thumping hard rocker with Chris’ raspy vocal in top form.
I’m not always a fan of rock n’ groove tracks, but the swagger and catchiness of Crazy Hot is inescapable.
The moody AOR of Nothing’s Easy could be one of my favorite ballads for 2015 while the fast moving aggression of Ordinary Life is the band’s most attacking song yet.
All For You is another high quality anthemic ballad while Impossible is another brilliant anthemic harmony filled melodic rocker.
Ok, so their cover of Dream Weaver is also pretty impressive, even if I hate the song!
On The Rise just kicks ass and Dirty Angels is the closing contractually obligated semi-acoustic ballad (just kidding). It’s a great song with a great hook that rocks out at the end.

Buy it. It’s long overdue for a review, but not overdue to be purchased. Melodic rock fans need this, it’s just such a well-rounded and enjoyable record.
House of Lords fans should all have this already, now it’s time for the rest of you.

 

Score: 
90
 
Wed
16
Sep

The Right To Rock Podcast - HOUSE OF LORDS

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2015
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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #199), featuring House of Lords vocalist James Christian. James took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the latest House of Lords release, Indestructible, as well as, the band's upcoming tour planst. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.

Genghis brings up the topic of artists that make use of Kickstarter and YouTube for creating and publishing original content (i.e. albums), specifically artists like Meytal Cohen. Is this the way of the world now for upcoming artists, or just an example of a fluke success based on internet popularity? You decide.

Next, join the lads as they talk with James Christian of House Of Lords, who discusses the band's latest release, Indestructible, subsequent tour plans, and a nearly life-long (he started singing in clubs at 16!) career in the music biz.

 
Mon
20
Jul

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - KK DOWNING, HOUSE OF LORDS, SYMPHONY X

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2015
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INTERVIEWS WITH KK DOWNING (EX-JUDAS PRIEST), HOUSE OF LORDS, SPACEY T (SOUND BARRIER, PRAISE THE DEAD),  SYMPHONY X AND DEATH ANGEL ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with Judas Priest legend KK Downing, James Christian (House of Lords), Tracey 'Spacey T' Singleton (Praise The Dead, ex Sound Barrier, Fishbone), Symphony X's Michael Romeo and Ted Aguilar from Death Angel, and is now available for streaming at this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-kk-downing-house-of-lords-spacey-t-symphony-xdeath-angel-interviews/

In the first hour, legendary former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing drops in to discuss his new range of fragrances for Rockers, Metal for Men and Metal for Women. KK also talks about some of the reasons he chose to leave Priest, and looks at the way in which the classic Priest axe team he formed with Glenn Tipton worked to stay on the cutting edge of lead guitar playing. KK also chooses two of his favourite Priest classics.

Also in part 1, House of Lords vocalist James Christian looks at the band's stellar new album 'Indestructible', their tenth to date, released as the current line up celebrates its tenth anniversary. You'll also hear two new tracks chosen by James.

The second hour kicks off with a chat with renowned guitar hero Tracey 'Spacey T' Singleton, formerly of Sound Barrier, Fishbone, and Mother's Finest, and now playing 8-string guitar with Praise The Dead, a power duo whose sound is simultaneously melodic and crushingly heavy. The band has just released 'The Heavy', the first of 3 EPs, and Tracey gives the low down on this exciting new project. Tracey also pays tribute to Phil Lynott, revealing that Sound Barrier approached the Lizzy legend's management to ask him to produce an album for them. You'll also hear Sound Barrier's cover of Thin Lizzy's 'Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)', and Tracey's choice of another Lizzy gem.

Rounding off the show are interviews with Michael Romeo, guitarist with Prog Metal masters Symphony X, who looks at their forthcoming new album 'Underworld', and Ted Aguilar, rhythm guitarist with classic Thrashers Death Angel. Ted discusses their new CD/DVD package which features a live album, 'The Bay Calls For Blood', and 'Thrashumentary', a career-spanning retrospective documentary.

The show closes with two tracks from Bob Seger's latest album 'Ride Out'.

For the best in Rock & Metal News check out www.metalshockfinland.com www.melodicrock.com www.bravewords.com

 
Fri
19
Jun

HOUSE OF LORDS - Indestructible (Review)

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Go To Hell
Pillar Of Salt
100 Mph
Call My Bluff
Die To Tell
We Will Always Be One
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House Of Lords / Mixed: Ty Sims
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
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Frontiers
Release Year: 
2015
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House Of Lords are in quick time with another all new studio release to follow up last year’s Precious Metal. Now up to album number six since converting to the James Christian controlled lineup of Jimi Bell, B.J. Zampa and Chris McCarvill; House Of Lords are a force to be reckoned with.
They will have to be careful about how much material they are putting out and ensuring that the quality doesn’t drop. In the last 18 months we’ve had two studio albums and James Christian’s own solo album.
 
After the patchy Precious Metal (which I rated too highly at the time), the band deliver some monster melodic rock tunes on Indestructible. It still doesn’t match the brilliance of Come To My Kingdom and World Upside Down, but it does deliver a few new HOL classics, even if the sound of the band has changed somewhat.
What I am referring to is the heavy use of James’ lovely wife Robin Beck on harmony and lead “high vocals” throughout the album.
James’ voice has become a little rougher in recent years, but he is now abdicating the role of singing the higher notes to Robin. Her voice is very cleverly mixed in there, but it’s very obvious and at times it sounds too high compared to the sound of old.
Listen to any of the HOL albums up until Cartesian Dreams and you’ll hear only James on harmonies and high vocals. From Big Money onwards it has slowly changed the band’s sound. And while I love the sound and style of the band and still really enjoy their music – this album especially – it’s a different vocal style/mix being employed.
For this band I do prefer the all-male harmonies of earlier albums.
 
The hard driving Go To Hell is as heavy as it sounds and is made better by an infusion of keyboards (still not enough keyboards in the album generally). The chorus of this and the huge hard rock groove of the very likable Indestructible is dominated by that high pitch vocal from Robin. Same goes for Pillar Of Salt. It’s a good song first and foremost, but I can hardly hear James in the main chorus line.
100 Mph is much the same again, another very high chorus, but it’s a ripping hard rock song and very catchy.
The melodic rock of Call My Bluff features one of the catchiest vocal melody lines in recent HOL memory. A terrific song and hook.
Die To Tell has come classic elements of the HOL sound and it is a good place to point out what a kick ass team James has behind him.
Another Dawn has another strong chorus of course, but I’d have preferred to hear more of James in the chorus.
Ballads come in the form of the anthemic We Will Always Be One and…. Yes, that’s it! One big quality ballad while the rest of the album just rocks out – like the double-time fury of the last two tracks Ain't Suicidal and Stand And Deliver.

Yes, another highly rated quality album from House Of Lords, but more and more so, they are a different sounding band vocally. The songs though are good. Very good. Some of their best in a few albums.
Jimi Bell is a guitar legend and Chris and BJ are the rhythm section from (good) hell. Absolutely blinding performances on there from those guys.
Good production and a clean mix make for an easy listen at any volume, but loud is always preferable of course.
 
Score: 
88
 
Tue
26
May

HOUSE OF LORDS - Pillar of Salt (Audio)

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2015
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You guys seemed to enjoy the first two House of Lords tracks we released from their upcoming album, INDESTRUCTIBLE, so here is another one!!! Please enjoy "Pillar Of Salt" by hitting play on the YouTube video below and let us know what you think!!!

"Pillar Of Salt", "Go To Hell", and "Call My Bluff" will all download instantly when you pre-order the album from iTunes: http://radi.al/HouseofLordsiTunes Not a digital person? Then grab the CD from Amazon Music: http://radi.al/HouseofLordsAmazon

House of Lords' INDESTRUCTIBLE will be released June 5th EU / June 8th UK / June 9th U.S.

 

 
Tue
05
May

Double Stop Podcast - KEN MARY

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015
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This week on The Double Stop Podcast....
 
Ken Mary (House of Lords, Alice Cooper, Impellitteri, Kip Winger) walks us through his career, starting with his early days, his first band (Fifth Angel), his time with Alice Cooper in the 80's, recording early demos with Kip Winger and Paul Taylor, the formation of House of Lords (and why he left after the Sahara tour), his first solo project - Soul Shock Remedy and the House of Lords reunion album The Power and the Myth. He also reveals the terrible back pain that prevented him from playing drums for most of the last 15 years, and how he was able to recover and commence drumming again.
 
 
 
Fri
10
Apr

IOANNIS Offers Free Shipping On New HOL Print

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Friday, April 10, 2015
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Record cover artist Ioannis has just completed the package for the new HOUSE OF LORDS album INDESTRUCTIBLE.

The album is Being released June 7 worldwide on Frontiers Records. “I have known James Christian since his early days in the late 70’s playing the clubs in North East of the US, with what was at the time the biggest band in the area, and was delighted when the chance to work together came up.” said Ioannis, “the inspiration for the art came from the music he gave me to listen to. It was a real joy to do this.”
 
 A limited edition signed print by Ioannis of the front cover is being made available at his store as an exclusive to this websites fans enter the promoted MELODIC ROCK  to get free shipping worldwide, you can view and order the print here:

http://dangerousage.com/dagstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=65&products_id=280

 
 
Thu
09
Apr

HOUSE OF LORDS Are 'Indestructible' In June

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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HOUSE OF LORDS are more solid than ever with the release of their tenth studio album « Indestructible »
Out on Frontiers in June
 
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album aptly entitled Indestructible on June 3 in Europe and June 7 in North America.
 
The new album shows once again what HOUSE OF LORDS stands for: powerful and heavy songs, with major hooks and melodies and grandiose arrangements. “The name Indestructible was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our long careers and what better way to say "Hey, I'm still Here" than by giving the cd a BOLD title,” says singer James Christian.
 
Indestructible features eleven brand new songs, which masterfully combine the best of Heavy and Melodic Hard Rock. “The album is heavier in the beginning, but we love songs that are both Melodic and Heavy” continues Christian, “and the idea was to fill the best of both on one cd without sounding like two different bands. I think we have accomplished that. A good example would be the song “Pillar of Salt" especially gives a good representation of how the new album sounds: a combination of heavy, melodic, and thoughtful lyrics. This song is one of my favorites!”
 
Besides being HOUSE OF LORDS tenth studio album, the new record sees the new line-up celebrating their first ten years together. “It is amazing to work with BJ, Chris and Jimi” tells James Christian, “they are all very aware of what HOUSE OF LORDS represents and they are committed to making records that complement the history of the band.  No matter which HOUSE OF LORDS album you listen to, there is a common thread, which comes from the fact that the four of us are musically in sync. This is the real reason why we have been able to produce records of this calibre”.
 
HOUSE OF LORDS will exclusively appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo (MI) next Sunday, April 12 and start a European tour in September, with a very special surprise show to be announced soon. More details soon!
 
Indestructible tracklisting includes: Go To Hell; Indestructible; Pillar Of Salt; 100 Mph; Call My Bluff; We Will Always Be One; Die To Tell; Another Dawn; Eye Of The Storm; Ain't Suicidal; Stand And Deliver.
 
It is possible to enjoy an EPK presentation of Indestructible following this link: https://youtu.be/EadZs_yj2xM
 
HOUSE OF LORDS:
James Christian – Lead Vocals
Jimi Bell - Guitars
Chris McCarvill – Bass
BJ Zampa - Drums
 
 
Cover art from Ioannis www.dangerousage.com
 

 

 
Tue
17
Feb

Frontiers Rock Fest II - TREAT Out, HOUSE OF LORDS In

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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HOUSE OF LORDS To Appear at the Frontiers Rock Festival II

Frontiers Music Srl announces that HOUSE OF LORDS have taken the place of TREAT in the second day of the Frontiers Rock Festival II which will be held at the Live Club in Trezzo Sull'Adda (Milano) on April 12th.
 
HOUSE OF LORDS singer James Christian says: 'I am very excited to come to this Festival and I look forward to rock all the fans that will come to the show! It will be a great celebration and party for everyone!' HOUSE OF LORDS are currently recording the follow up album to the successful 'Precious Metal' which is scheduled for release in the late summer/fall of 2015. The band, which features besides Christian, long-time members Jimi Bell on guitar, Chris McCarville on bass and BJ Zampa on drums, will play a set which will include a combination of the classic tracks from the early albums and the newer songs from the most recent incarnation.
 
HOUSE OF LORDS debuted in 1989 with the release of their self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best Arena Rock releases of the 80's. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex-Angel and Giuffria keyboardist, Gregg Giuffria, along with luminaries Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), were reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen and immediately brought the band to the attention of the music media and fans. Two more albums followed up ('Sahara' and 'Demon's Down') before the band went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing the controversial 'Power and the Myth', an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70's rock influences.
 
James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of HOUSE OF LORDS, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria. New members Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarville on bass supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album 'World Upside Down', a record which caused a real stir in the Hard Rock and Melodic Rock scene and was followed up by the equally impressive 'Come to My Kingdom' in 2008, "Cartesian Dreams" in 2009 and "Big Money" in 2011. The band also toured relentlessly in Europe and the States in support of their releases and have now become a true staple of the Hard Rock crowd among the two continents. Their latest album 'Precious Metal' cemented once again the amazing abilities of this super talented band!
 
With the special tie that HOUSE OF LORDS have with the Italian crowd we can expect a blazing show offering classic songs and more recent hits. HOUSE OF LORDS will rock the house !!
 
Weblinks: www.frontiersrockfestival.com // www.facebook.com/frontiersrockfestival

 
 
Fri
06
Feb

MAXX EXPLOSION Head Up Kivel Records 2015 Schedule

Monday, March 9, 2015
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News from Kivel Records:

"2015 is here folks and we are getting ready for another year, with some ol favorites and some new faces. Not to mention some promised surprises that will have all the flare you have come to expect from us here. So first off...what is going on? Well here we go!!

2015 Release Schedule for Kivel Records

1. MAXX EXPLOSION "Dirty Angel" Early March 2015
2. ADRIANGALE "Best Of" - Mid March 2015
3. LIVESAY "Frozen Hell" - Mid Spring 2015
4. NO LOVE LOST - Late Spring 2015
5. ROMEO RIOT - Summer 2015
6. TANGO DOWN - Summer 2015
7. LaValle TBA

* Plus more things coming soon!!!! New Merch Items! Shows, Videos and a few new additions to the Kivel Family. So keep an eye out. Kivel titles available through our website, CD Baby, Best Buy, Amazon, NEH and all other fine outlets.
We apologize for any changes in release schedule in regards to the AG Best Of, and promise all of it will be worth the wait. Also in the next week we will have the latest news on TANGO DOWN , in regards to the band, New album and shows all coming at you very soon!

Now with all of that out of the way......we give you the cover art for Maxx Explosion "Dirty Angel".  Along with the first single to download - Doctor Saturday. http://www.melodicrock.com/audio/MaxxExplosion-DrSaturday.mp3

 
Pre-order info coming soon.

Thanks for always partying with us. Here's to 2015...."

 
 
Mon
12
Jan

JAMES CHRISTIAN Discusses new HOUSE OF LORDS Album

Monday, January 12, 2015
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HOUSE OF LORDS vocalist JAMES CHRISTIAN has posted a few comments to his Facebook page inbetween vocal sessions for the next HOL studio CD.
 
The comments read as follows:
 
“Just sitting here in my studio going over vocal tracks for the NEW HOL 2015 CD.
I never realized it before, but I actually have a ritual when recording and producing the songs. I close my studio door (NEVER LOCK) in case of an emergency. But this evening my daughter opened the door and I was literally in a musical trance rocking out to our own music. She turned and walked away without a single word. Well all I can say is that it feels so great to be that invested in the music. After all the years of recording, it still does so much for my well being and happiness.
 
“Jimi BJ and Chris, Are playing their ASS OFF, and the SONGS?, well they inspire me. It's gonna be a great one!!”
 
“It is an extension of Precious Metal but a bit more intense. The song lyrics are deeper in thought. Inspired my my great guitar player JIMI BELL and his classic riffs, BJ is the rock and Chris is the foundation. There really is no formula, Just guys writing the kind of music that we have loved for so many years. If you liked Precious Metal, You will fall in Love with this one.”
 
James also discussed the possible title for the new album:
 
“Working Title For the new CD is "Indestructible" Because of out total dedication to the music we love nothing could break us. We are shooting a video for the song with the same title. I think it is an appropriate title and also shows a band that will not back down. We have been through a lot, and people have created turmoil where there was none. So to them I say, HOL after all these years is "indestructible"”

 

 
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