Ohio has always been known for its death and thrash and heavy metal scenes, but stoner metal such as Robot Lords of Tokyo change the playing field with their brand of positive energy driven groove and power. My favorite track on here, and probably a strong college radio cut, “Keepers Of The Night” just fucking rocks, ya. RLOT is definitely not unique in way as this style of metal and rock was perfected by Kyuss and Black Label Society back in the nineties and early 2000. However, these guys are not afraid to be themselves and do what comes naturally to them, and that is play down and dirty and gritty rock/metal with sincerity. Not familiar with their first two records, if “Virtue & Vice” is anything to go by, I like it, not crazy about it, but it is a real feel good listen, especially when you’re feeling down and depressed. I just might become a fan of their’s as I am feeling great listening to it as I write this review.
In the music department, they’ve featured a few notable guest axe slingers such as Tracy G (DIO), Chris Poland (Megadeth, Damn The Machine), Wayne Findley (MSG) and Steve Theado (American Dog). Having featured these well known guitarist also give their album some diversity within the guitar department. Their drumming is solid-in your face, balanced by a low-end rumble bass sound that is vicious enough to level everything in its path. Main singer Paul Jones sings his heart out here, and just pulls you into your speakers without you even knowing about it.
Robot Lords of Tokyo is a worthwhile listen with its raw, groove-fired guitar licks and rhythms, strong vocal performance and rockin’ guitar rhythms and leads. Again, this band may not be the most original band on the earth but sure know how to rock you until you drop. Robot Lords Of Tokyo is sure to give Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society a serious run for their money, ha, ha. Check it out and bang your head until you pass out – fuck yes. [RLOT Records] Sarjoo Devani