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Lords of Black: Icons Of The New Days (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

The third album from Lords of Black will probably gain quite a bit more attention than the last two, as singer Ronnie Romero has been getting around a bit, appearing not only on CoreLeoni and with The Ferrymen but also fronting some outfit called Rainbow. Ritchie himself has described Romero’s voice as a “cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury”. To be honest I don’t hear that at all, but there is no doubting that he has a fine set of pipes, while guitarist Tony Hernando is also very much a force to be taken very seriously indeed. The album has been co-produced, mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), who also worked on their last album, and he has managed to capture a sound that is very clean with clear distinction, yet is also very heavy indeed for this style of melodic hard rock/metal.

The riffs really crunch, and interestingly if I was going to put a band out there as a potential influence then it would probably be Heaven & Hell, although more as a melodic rock act as opposed to a metal outfit. It is a very modern album, with a modern production, and it this that really makes it stand out, as when Hernando takes the song by the scruff then he really does shake it around while drummer Andy C and new bassist Dani Criado back him up, allowing Romero to then take control. Now, I wasn’t a fan of the live Rainbow album, as I didn’t think that he was in the same league as the others who had fronted the band, let alone fronted Purple, but here with his own material he is far more comfortable and comes across in a totally different light. The partnership between him and Hernando really works, and it would be interesting to catch these guys in concert as I bet they put on quite a whole. Well worth investigating.

Rating: 7/10

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Track list:
1. World Gone Mad
2. Icons Of The New Days
3. Not In A Place Like This
4. When A Hero Takes A Fall
5. Forevermore
6. The Way I’ll Remember
7. Fallin’
8. King’s Reborn
9. Long Way To Go
10. The Edge Of Darkness
11. Wait No Prayers For The Dying
12. All I Have Left

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Links:
http://www.lordsofblack.com/
http://www.frontiers.it/

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