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Robot Lords of Tokyo

by Robot Lords of Tokyo

The Robot Lords create a rifftastic brew of stoner/doom groove anthems, while paying homage to rhythm and bruise masters Motorhead, UFO and the Crue. For those who like their metal soaked in whiskey, blood and napalm.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Doom/Stoner Metal
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1. Belly Full of Greed
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2. EMLA
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3. Numb
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4. Iron Fist
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5. Sweet Vengeance
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6. Knock 'Em Dead Kid
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7. Off To War
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8. Mother Mary
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9. MCMLXXXVIII
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The origins of the Robot Lords of Tokyo* can be traced back to the Columbus-based hard rock band Green Sky Grey, who independently released three albums between 1999 and 2003 and gigged extensively throughout the Midwest. Shortly after the group's demise in 2004, drummer Rick Ritzler and guitarist Brad Stemple began to get together to jam on the classic metal tunes they grew up with. After several weeks of cranking out classics from Dio, Motley Crue, Motorhead, Ozzy, AC/DC, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath, the duo hatched a plan to record cover versions of some personal favorites, and invite friends to appear as guest musicians on the various tracks.

The first phone call was made to longtime friend and former Green Sky Grey lead singer Paul Jones. As the three began to gather to work out their chosen cover songs, it was inevitable that ideas for original material would start to emerge. Combining the fact that all three play guitar, have home studios, and are on a lifelong quest to write the Ultimate Metal Riff, an intense game of "heavier than thou" quickly ensued. The resulting songs represented elements of the trio's diverse influences, including Black Sabbath, Trouble, Down, Iron Maiden, King's X, Corrosion of Conformity and Motley Crue, among many others. The project had taken a left turn and the all-covers idea was scrapped for a hybrid record consisting of these newly minted originals sprinkled with rock-hard gems from Motorhead, UFO, and Motley Crue. Thus, the Robot Lords of Tokyo were born.

The resulting album is a truly collaborative effort, benefiting immensely from the time and talents of some of Ohio's most outstanding players. Standing proudly at the top of that list is Fall of Man guitarist Joe Viers, who is also a top recording engineer/producer in Ohio. In addition to his engineering/producing/mixing/mastering duties, Joe laid down all the thunderous bass guitar on the CD, truly going above and beyond the call of duty. Another key participant and Robot Lord for life is Beau VanBibber, lead throat for thrash-masters Deflagration. Beau's unique talents and uncompromising delivery were so brutal, he was quickly elevated from guest vocalist on "Iron Fist" and "Knock Em Dead Kid", to a vital component of almost all the originals. Respect!

Finally, four shit-hot guitar slinging friends of ours provided some truly blistering leads that took each track to a new level. Hails and horns in the air to Keith Sparks, Vince Lazzaro, Terry Adams of Throttle Z, and American Dog's six-string assassin Steve Theado. (If you haven't yet experienced American Dog's bone-rattling mash up of Motorhead and ZZ Top, stop what you are doing immediately and GO BUY THEIR ALBUMS – you'll thank me later.)

*Ok, about the name – the story is actually pretty simple: Hardcore fans of groove-metal legends Clutch will recognize the name as a snippet from the lyrics to "10001110101", a track off their 2005 classic Robot Hive/Exodus. Neil Fallon's a genius lyricist and his band are a huge influence, so it seemed like a fitting tribute. As a bizarre aside, it also struck me that an inordinate number of classic metal live albums were recorded in Japan. Think about it: Priest's "Unleashed in the East", Purple's "Made in Japan", Scorpions' "Tokyo Tapes", and all those "at Budokan" albums from Ozzy, Dream Theater, Michael Schenker Group, and Cheap Trick. Weird but true.


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SUKI


THS ALBUM IS FUCKING PIMP, I LOVE IT FUIN ROCKS 2 HUNDRED THUMBS UP.

Cube

Great Stuff...
This is a great album and is a knock out release. This band has an aggressive sound and vibe to them. Their sound reminds me of an angry Clutch with an influence felt from Corrosion of Conformity. This is an amazingly heavy album. There's not a weak track on the whole album. If only there were more bands as good as these guys.
Powerful riffage matched with with superior vocals. Their follow up album, Whiskey Blood & Napalm is also solid.

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"Belly Full of Greed," the lead off track on this gloomy, riff-heavy barrage of sludgy metal, gets the mission statement out there early on: "Prepare for the punishment/ the misery... Your God can't save you now." This sets the tone for what follows- A true heavy metal album that pulls no punches and shakes a fist in your face for the duration. Taking a bit of Sabbath and grinding it up with Motorhead, the concoction yields a powerful prescription, a remedy for anyone who is tired of what passes for popular metal these days. The guitars wrench away, embracing fuzzy tones and creating a deep backbone for each track. While the songs' lyrical content is dark, it wisely strays away from becoming cartoonish, instead maintaining an arrogance that suits the vocalist's voice perfectly. If you like the idea of a Motley Crue cocktail with a twist of Kyuss, this one will go down smooth.

METAL FOR THE MASSES

Great Band ! METAL/PUNK/HARDROCK !
This band is a nice discovery. I hear they have a NEW CD coming out this Summer !!! This Debut cd is great. Must own for Early Metallica fans.

Martin Short

Rockin'like an Monster
Cracking debut from the Robot Lords (from Ohio actually!). The original tracks are killers but importantly the 3 covers on the album are superb I am sure Lemmy would give RLofT a few Kudos for their take on Ironfist, not to mention a beaut of a cover of UFO's Mother Mary. You really should have this album in your collection if you call yourself a rock fan.

BikeyMikey

New Pants Please!
Yep, this is brilliant. I could ramble on about how ear crunching the guitars are, how Paul Jones' voice is just spot on if you like a good old beer n' whiskey rock n' roll and how everything else is held together by Rick Ritzler's drumming. It's a spectacular debut and if they keep it up there's no reason why they shouldn't become a major player in the Rock n' Roll world! The cover of Motorhead's "Iron Fist" will have you running to get new pants within the first minute! Awesome! Cheers & Beers you guys!!!

Giomar

Two Thumbs Up
I just wanna say the vocalist is amazing, the guitar sounds like a mix with guns n roses, alice in chains, with some new metal shit, These guys are talented I recommend this CD.

Harold Owens

Robot lords of Tokyo
Awesame band, would like to hear more originals !