LORDS OF BLACK – Mechanics of Predacity

Lords of Black - Mechanics of Predacity album cover art.
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Label: Frontiers Music s.r.l.
Release date: March 15, 2024

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Italian based Power-Prog masters Lords of Black strike hard with their 6th studio release titled Mechanics Of Predacity on Frontiers Music s.r.l., which is easily their most aggressive album to date. Masterminded by guitarist/founder Tony Hernando, the album has a blend of beautiful acoustic guitar passages, tying into full throttle Heavy Metal. The lineup remains constant with Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, MSG, Elegant Weapons) killing it on the vocals, the incredible drumming of Jo Nunez (Dragonland, Firewind, Gus G.) and the expert bass guitar work of Dani Criado (Ankhara (live), ex-Kaothic).

Predators and Prey

The narrative unfolds as a contemplation of how individuals, tribes, nations, and entities engage in an unending cycle of predation. The album addresses the harsh reality that greed, power, and malevolence have consistently fueled conflicts throughout history. The eternal conflict between oppressors and the oppressed, predators and victims, is shown in the lyrics “the weak ones seem to be just the meat for the strong ones to eat”.

Final Notes

Lords of Black have been on the rise since their debut album, which launched Ronnie Romero into fame. Mechanics of Predacity really shines, showing how far this band has come, and this is the best work so far by the band as a whole. The album has a fantastic mix by Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween), and is a true gem. Fans of everything Ronnie Romero, and of any Power Prog will want to add this to their collection.

Lords of Black band photo from 2024
L-R: Jo Nunez: drums, Dani Criado: bass, Ronnie Romero: vocals and Tony Hernando: guitars.


  • Ronnie Romero: Vocals
  • Tony Hernando: Guitars
  • Dani Criado: Bass
  • Jo Nunez: Drums

Mechanics Of Predacity – Tracklist

  1. For What is Owed to Us
  2. Let the Nightmare Come
  3. I Want the Darkness to Stop
  4. Let It Burn
  5. Can We Be Heroes Again
  6. Crown Of Thorns
  7. Obsessions of the Mind
  8. Build the Silence
  9. A World That’s Departed
    I. About to Rese
    II. Absentia
    III. A Final Sense Of Truth
  10. Born Out Of Time


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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