Lords Of Black - Alchemy of souls part II 2LP
Spain's Lords Of Black are set to return in 2021 with a new album, the follow-up to 2020's well received "Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. I". The new album, “Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. II” is a thematic continuation of the story started on the previous album. Musically, vocalist Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, Sunstorm, The Ferrymen) delivers a powerful vocal performance and guitarist Tony Hernando delivers some of the best melodic metal he has ever written. With the downtime created by the global pandemic, Hernando worked incredibly hard to create music that pushed past the boundaries of anything the band had done in the past. The new album is the logical successor to what has started on the last album and shows a newfound musical maturity from the band, who incorporate several musical elements into their style.
“Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. II” enhances the perception that Lords Of Black are now ready to ascend to the upper tiers of European melodic metal. Heavier and darker compared to the album that preceded it, “Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. II” is an album not to be missed by both melodic metal and progressive metal fans alike. An absolute delight for the ears and another classic in the making from these Spanish masters.
Upon their formation, Lords Of Black’s vision was to form a metal band with a modern approach blended with catchy, melodic, and progressive elements. After months of intense hard work on the songs, the band independently released their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014, which was co-produced by Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween).
The band supported the release with a series of successful live shows, including guest spots for a variety of high profile international acts. Later, legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Blackmore's Night) became aware of Ronnie Romero's vocal talents and invited him to front his, at the time, newly reformed Rainbow. This brought the band to the attention of international music media and in particular, the words from Blackmore describing Romero’s voice like “a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury” piqued the curiosity of journalists and fans alike. While enjoying this new found attention, Romero and Hernando continued work on Lords Of Black and signed a worldwide deal with the Frontiers label. The first global release from the partnership was "II", an album which did and continues to blow the minds of fans of modern melodic metal.
Once again, co-produced, mixed, and mastered by Roland Grapow, the album created a stir in the metal scene and is still regarded as a true underground classic. The band played several European shows in support of the release and then headed back to the studio to create the follow up album, "Icons of the New Days". Upon its release, the album once again set a new standard for melodic metal with outstanding epic tracks mixed with glorious power/progressive metal songs.
Like its predecessor, “Alchemy Of Souls, Pt. II” is setting a new gold standard for melodic metal in the new decade.
1. Prelude (Alchimia Confessio 1458 A.D.)
2. Maker Of Nothingness
3. What's Become Of Us
4. Bound To You
5. Before That Time Can Come
6. Mind Killer
7. Death Dealer
8. Prayers Turned To Whispers
9. In A Different Light
10. How Long Do I Have Now
11. Fated To Be Destroyed
12. No Hero Is Homeless