The Frontiers Records press release:
House of Lords
was formed in 1988 by Giuffria members, keyboardist Gregg Giuffria
(Angel) and bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot). They brought in Alice
Cooper drummer Ken Mary and the highly respected Lanny Cordola on
guitars to fill out the instrumental portion of the group. They were
destined to become a real supergroup. Based on the line-up and some
early demos, they eventually caught the interest of Kiss bassist Gene
Simmons, who immediately signed the band to his new custom label Simmons
The band's 1989 self-titled debut, produced by the legendary Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones), also featured the untapped talents of vocalist James Christian. The album is still regarded as one of the best arena rock releases of the 80's. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals and instrumental capabilities of the band, reminiscent of such front runners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans. House Of Lords toured with Cheap Trick for a SRO tour of the U.S., and later joined the Scorpions for a trek through Europe.
In 1990, House of Lords released their sophomore effort, Sahara, produced again by Andy Johns. Lanny Cordola had left the group prior to the recording sessions, and Doug Aldrich (currently with Whitesnake and a former member of Dio, Hurricane and Bad Moon Rising) was brought in to handle the majority of the guitar tracks on the album. He would later accompany the group on the road. Other notables such as Cheap Trick's Rick Neilson and Chris Impellitteri contributed their unique guitar work to Sahara as well. Like its predecessor, the album is a spectacular sampling of incisive, tastefully executed hard rock. House of Lords gained considerable chart success with their cover version of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home.” It was the Number One most requested song on rock radio in the U.S. that year. After a long tour with hit rock popsters Nelson in 1991, the band called it a day.
Somehow, they all stayed in touch with each over the years, and talk of a reunion became an ongoing ritual. In 2001, the original House of Lords reformed and inked a production deal with Frontiers Records, a top melodic rock label based in Italy. Over two years in the making, the new album, entitled The Power And The Myth, has the band returning to the fold with stunning production and an updated sound. Gregg Giuffria bowed out of the recordings to concentrate on a solo career. The keyboard spot is more than adequately covered by such stellar musicians as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), Alan Okuye (Rat Bat Blue), Sven Martin (Tattoo), and Ricky Phillips (Bad English, Styx). Altogether, the group rises to the occasion and delivers a solid and lively collection of melodic hard rock tomes poised for the new millennium. Slated for release in early 2004, The Power And The Myth marks a new chapter in the ongoing odyssey of one of the great hard rock bands of the last 20 years, House of Lords.