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  • Audio CD (21 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frontiers Records S.R.L.
  • ASIN: B002HNAAZS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Birchmore on 31 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was pleased to see a new House of Lords album out this year and ordered it without hesitation.

This is simply their best album yet. As usual, powerful songs with memorable lyrics and great musicianship. The production is quite simply outstanding. The drum sound is awesome.

If you are a fan of HOL then get this album now. If you haven't heard of them but like superb rock songs with a heavy metal feel then this will probably be the best album you'll buy this year.

Enjoy.
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I have never listenedto HOL before, but a while ago a bought the album 'Khymera - A New Promise' and loved it, from there I downloaded 'Danger Danger - Revolve' and right when i was really thinking it couldn't get better Amazon reccomended this to me on the home page. After listening to the samples i bought the album on the strength of the samples of the 1st three tracks. I have been listening to it none stop for 2 days now and realise that Bangin is one of the greatest rock anthems. The entire album is filled with catchy choruses (Bangin, Born To Be Your Baby to name a couple), great melodies and harmonies. A simple must buy.

[I would however say that 'Born To Be Your Baby' sounds a bit like Chris Cornell in the verses. From when he did his solo stuff (Casino Royalle Theme)]

10/10
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark G. Williams on 20 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the 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 Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans.

With their sophomore release entitled "Sahara", House of Lords gained considerable chart success with their cover version 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 (only featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with "Demon's Down". This was a more melodic record which saw the big contribution at the songwriting helm - between others - of Mark Baker, a guy who penned a couple of years before the majority of the Signal "Loud and Clear" album, one of the most sought after gems of the Melodic Rock genre.

With the change of the musical climate, House of Lords went into hibernation until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing of 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, B.J.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"House of Lords" refuse to slow down ! 9 Nov. 2009
By Nikiforos V. Skoumas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"House of Lords" is the archetypal all star hard rock band. Making their first appearance in 1988 the band went on to record some of the most influential arena rock albums before breaking up in late 1993. In 2004 the "Lords" returned and have been active and really consistent in their releases. So here comes the fourth post reunion studio album. "Cartesian Dreams". It is very easy for one to underrate this release, it is not as easy a listener as "Come to my Kingdom" nor does it have that `instant classic' quality of "World up side down".

Still it offers a good number of melodic hard rock highlights: "Born to be your baby", "A simple plan" the furious "The bigger they come" and "Bangin" which is a really surprising inclusion as it sounds very much like "Danger Danger"!
I would say that this album's greatest advantage is that it includes equal amounts of pomp rock compositions and direct party metal anthems, offering the listener the best of both worlds. Overall a very strong album which will require a couple of plays to familiarize one's self with the relatively diverse material on "Cartesian Dreams".

The way I see it "Cartesian Dreams" completes a very strong hard rock trilogy that started with "World up side down" and continued with "Come to my kingdom".

"Rock Hard" Greek magazine (issue 46) marks this album with 8,5/10 commenting: "An album that does justice to the fans."

"Classic Rock" UK magazine (issue 137) marks this album with 8/10 commenting: "Cartesian Dreams is as pulsating a slice of melodic pomp rock as you'll hear all year."
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NEW DISCOVERY 21 Jun. 2010
By jimthar - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
ok this is pretty much my first exposure to this band. i had the cassette for their 'sahara' cd about 16 years ago but really didnt listen to it much and remember very little about it. fast forward to today while i'm tooling around myspace listning to 80's metal while rearranging my room. i went through lillian axe, firehouse, and europe before i landed on HOUSE OF LORDS. i gotta tell you, i was blown away. for someone who has lived at the altar of 80's metal, how this band got by me i'll never know. granted this album i'm reviewing didnt come out in the 80's, but the band's been around since then.
i listened to 2 h.o.l. albums while tooling around on myspace. the first one was 'come to my kingdom'. a very good album that i liked very much and will be buying soon.
then i decided to listen to CARTESIAN DREAMS. wow. this album is awesome. i love it. it rocks from beginning to end. it's heavy, melodic, and fun. just like music should be. the guitar and drums are phenominal and the lead singer can belt it out like nobodys business. he reminds me of david coverdale. and it says something that after all these years rocking that his voice still sounds awesome. the production and mixing are also both spot on. this is a well produced album with a great sound.
if you're a fan of 80's metal or even great melodic hard rock, this album is definately for you. you cant go wrong with this one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
AMAZING 29 Jun. 2011
By RETGuitars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing a HOL video on Headbangers ball back in the day, but didn't really get into them. I remember liking what I heard, but never went out and looked for their debute album. I am an 80's hard rock/glam what have you collector. I came across HOL here on Amazon, I was looking at some new c.d's and this c.d. came up, so I listened to the samples and immediatley ordered this and Come tomy Kingdom. These guys have it all, great lyrics, Amazing shredding guitar leads, and something that a lot of music today is missing...Melody. These guys are amazing. Some of the best music I've heard in such a long time if ever. These guys really are the Diamond in the rough. If you skip out on this or any of their c.d.'s you are missing out on some amazing music.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Consistent high quality music! 18 Mar. 2010
By Michael - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
House Of Lords have released three awesome albums in a row now and their consistent quality is unmatched in this style of music. I'm not going to single out particular songs because I just want to say that the quality of the recording is excellent, the mixing is spot on, the mastering is huge, and the performances by all the musicians is perfect. These guys know what they are doing and they are an example to other bands of what is expected in this day and age. The only other band with this much consistency is Eden's Curse who I also admire alot. Some critics might complain about the lack of experimentation in the delivery of the music but I think that when something is this good it should be encouraged. I can easily recommend this album to fans of heavy melodic rock - 4.5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 13 Feb. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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WHOA! Finally something that took my breath and made me pump my fist. This album has THE sound I personally love. Desert Rain is a my favorite so far but I've barely listened through once so that may change. Title track is also heavy. Cartisian has the big sound HOL is known for and includes some heavy riffs. James sounds great although a couple tunes in the middle kind of run together because that big sound in the chorus' just kinda blends it all together, could've used a little stripping back I guess to break it up; like James' solo work or Can't Find My Way Home style. It takes listening to 100 or more albums to come across something this exciting. THAT METAL SHOW book this band ASAP!
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