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Having lain dormant since 1992 (when their last album, Demons Dawn, was issued), mainstream rockers House of Lords decided to reunite over a decade later, and released 2004's The Power and the Myth. Only one small problem — their best-known member (and a co-founding one at that), Gregg Giuffria, was nowhere to be found. Still, the album did manage to contain three original members (guitarist Lanny Cordola, bassist Chuck Wright, and drummer Ken Mary), with a very accomplished keyboardist, ex-Dream Theater's Derek Sherinian, replacing Giuffria. Perhaps by chance (or perhaps not), Sherinian's former band immediately comes to mind during the album-opening "Today." Elsewhere, tracks such as "All Is Gone," "The Man Who I Am," and "Mind Trip" all come from the same melodic/mainstream '80s rock mold — with a progressive edge at times. Fans of slightly sophisticated yet tuneful '80s hard rock are obviously the target audience of The Power and the Myth.

Biography

Formed: 1986

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s

House of Lords' foundations lay in Giuffria, a melodic rock band led by titular keyboardist Gregg Giuffria, best known for their Top 30 hit "Call to the Heart." After being dropped by MCA following the failure of its second album, Silk and Steel, the band started demoing songs for a tentative third album. While shopping for a new deal, the band caught the attention of Gene Simmons, who happened to be starting his own label at the time, Simmons Records. The famous bassist enjoyed what he heard, but...
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