What would you get if John Bush was the lead singer for Corrosion of Conformity and Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf was the lead songwriter?? The answer very well could sound like Columbus OH’s Robot Lords of Toyko. The duo of Rick Ritzler – Drums/Guitar and Paul Jones – Lead Vocals/Guitar have been playing together for almost 15 years and as Robot Lords of Toyko for the last four years. They released their second album “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” in Oct ’08 after employing a virtual list of who’s who from the Midwestern rock and metal scene, including Joe Viers (Snowblynd), Beau Van Bibber (Deflagration), Steve Theado (American Dog), Rob Johnson (Magnitude 9/Solo), Steve Pollick (ex-Icarus Witch/Order of Nine), and instrumental guitar great Neil Zaza, among others to record the album. The guys were able to pull of the nearly impossible trick of making an album that sounds like a band album. The songs are all solid and concise from start to finish with the sound of a seasoned band that has more than a couple of tours together under their belts instead of a project put together and played by a dozen or so individuals.
Taking their cue from influences such as Black Sabbath, the aforementioned C.O.C., King’s X, and Motorhead RLoT is not pretty boy music, it is thick, sludgey, heavy in your face music. If you don’t believe me give songs such as “Princess of Hollywood”, “Deathwagon”, or “Burn the Sky” a listen they will make you a believer.
After years of touring the Midwest, “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” should be the album that finally gets Robot Lords of Toyko known nationally. You can check them out for yourself at http://www.robotlordsoftokyo.com/. You can preview RLoT music at http://www.myspace.com/robotlords
Their self titled debut and “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” are both available for purchase at CDBaby http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=Robot+Lords+of+Tokyo&submit=
For the fans of a rifftastic brew of stoner/doom groove anthems with alcohol-fueled riffage, guitar hero shredding, and more groove-metal swagger than you can shake a stick at Robot Lords of Toyko will be right up your alley.