Lords Of Black, a Spanish power/heavy metal band, was formed by singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow and Vandenberg) and guitar picker Tony Hernando in 2014 and in that year their debut album called ‘Lords Of Black’ was released as well. ‘Alchemy Of Souls part 1’ is their fourth studio album containing eleven brand new melodic metal songs. Lords Of Black is very obviously influenced by bands like Masterplan, Symphony X, Savatage and Queensrÿche as some of the melodies, riffs, hooks and choruses are indeed very recognisable; maybe this is also due to the fact that Roland Grapow (Masterplan, Helloween) has co-produced, mixed and mastered ‘Alchemy of Souls part 1’! Opener ,,Dying To Love Again” features a great guitar intro followed by massive vocals and very melodic passages; in other words: a great way to kick off a melodic metal album indeed!! Three songs on this album truly stand out; being: the Iced Earth-like ,,Brightest Star” (ponderous tempo and an awesome guitar solo), ,,Shadows Kill Twice” (featuring enchanting hooks and a formidable Savatage-like piano and guitar intro) and the title track. The latter being the longest song (almost 10 minutes) and most awesome track of the entire album. ,,Alchemy Of Souls” starts with an acoustic guitar intro followed by overwhelming guitar hooks, spell-binding melodies and two choppy and breath-taking guitar solos of Tony Hernando; a true live staple to come for sure!! Lords of Black is a band that you should certainly check out and especially this new album is a must have for fans of melodic heavy metal with awesome vocals and virtuosic guitar playing!!