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Lord – Digital Lies Review

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Released by: Dominus Records

Release Date: February 22, 2013 in Australia / New Zealand, distributed by Riot! Entertainment — April 24th, 2013 in Japan, distributed by Rubicon Music

Genre: Heavy/Power/Progressive Metal

Links: http://www.facebook.com/lordofficial

 

Line Up:

Lord Tim – Lead Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards

Andy Dowling – Bass, Backing Vocals

Mark Furtner – Guitars, Backing Vocals

Damian Costas – Drums, Backing Vocals

Special Guests:

Jack Fairweather – Voice Actor: Evil Doctor (Incipio, Digital Lies)

Luke Reeves – Voice Actor: Narrator (Battle Of Venarium)

Amylea Griffin – Voice Actor: Victorian Stage-hand (The Last Encore)

 

Tracklist:

1.Incipio

2.Betrayal Blind

3.Digital Lies

4.Point Of View

5.Walk Away

6.2D Person In A 3D World

7.Final Seconds

8.The Last Encore

9.Because We Can

10.The Chalkboard Prophet

11.Battle Of Venarium

12.Footsteps In The Sand (Bonus Track)

13.The Richest Man (Bonus Track)

 

I’ve been a fan of bands like KAMELOT, VANDEN PLAS, IRON SAVIOR and the original QUEENSRYCHE for as long as I can remember: as a toddler I was more than likely shaking my rattle to the bassline of ‘Eyes Of A Stranger’…and if the vibrant sonic power of Australia’s LORD is of any indication, I’m probably not the only one!

These guys have been quite busy throughout the 2000s! Besides touring with the likes of NEVERMORE, OPETH and NIGHTWISH (among others), the band hailing from Sydney and Wollongong as well as Brisbane are a bunch of bad asses and have been recording some fine material whenever they can catch their breath. And whilst I can highly recommend their 2003 debut A Personal Journey, 2007’s Ascendance and 2009’s Set In Stone, the 10+ cuts that make up Digital Lies bring out the band’s melodic strength with far more passion and cohesiveness than any of their past material.

For starters, anyone familiar with lead vocalist LORD TIM (of DUNGEON fame) should be expecting some rip-roaring performance in the first place, but this is easily among his best work. Numbers like the intensely anthemic ‘Walk Away’ and the industrial-tinged title track reveal and revel in the man’s ability to go from a GEOFF TATE-esque soaring tenor to a snarling PHIL ANSELMO pre-chorus with indomitable ease. But the rest of the band is nothing to sneeze at either: MARK FUTNER and his slicker-than-oil approach to the axe really anchor most of these songs to a ravenous, almost glammish sense of melody, whilst DAMIAN COSTAS pummels forward on the kit with a momentum and attention to detail that borders on religious zeal.

Coupled with refrains that would leave most power metal fans salivating, LORD have never sounded better in all the time I’ve known about them, and that automatically catapults Digital Lies to my #1 recommended pick for getting others into the band in comparison to past studio efforts.

And, better yet…I think that LORD will go higher still as the years go on. Perhaps something at the level of craft of, say, Operation Mindcrime or Christ 0? The possibilities are endless!

 

Written by Derek

Ratings    Derek    8/10

 

 

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