From the roots of the UFO cover band X-UFO comes House Of X featuring former UFO personnel Danny Peyrenol on vocals and Lawarence Archer on guitar, with Clive Edwards (Wild Horses) on drums and Rocky Newton (Lionheart) on bass. While, for the most part, they band has been performing as a cover band, they have also been busy writing original material. The result is a new name and a new album, self-titled, from Escape Music.
Considering the players extensive history in the UK music scene, you have some expectation of what's inside. House Of X plays classic British hard rock, melodic, catchy, and touched a bit by the blues. With exception of a heavier reworking of Peyrenol's Martian Landscape, from No Heavy Petting, there are no other UFO cover songs, nor can you say HoX sounds like that venerable band.
Mostly the album is a collection of rockers. Some are more swift and rowdy like The Road Less Troubled, House Of Lies, and the party mosher No More Tequila, a whole lot of fun. Others have churn with a deeper groove, but are no less catchy like Long Arm of the Law, Busted, and Second Son. That last song has some of thickest riffs, but also a strong bass line and clean vocal arrangement. An interesting number comes with Alive, something that begins like a ballad of sorts, but builds into this riff-charged anthem with another great, harmonic, vocal arrangement, and the bass line kills again. There is an instrumental with Rage, a bit of a racing rocker that ends with this sharp blues guitar breakdown between lead and bass. Though not complete misses, a few songs didn't quite resonate with me and they happen to be first and last, Do Me Wrong and Millions. Yet the former has a nice blues groove to it, the latter a solid solo and another strong bass line. All in all, House Of X's debut is a strong effort, interesting and entertaining classic Brit hard rock, proving that these UK music veterans are still going strong. Recommended.
House Of X's debut is a strong effort, interesting and entertaining classic Brit hard rock, proving that these UK music veterans are still going strong. Recommended.
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