While the cover art of Virtue & Vice, the third album from Columbus, Ohio’s ROBOT LORDS OF TOKYO is an unmistakable tribute to the 1977 KISS epic Love Gun, the music contained within is a whiskey-soaked mash-up of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and CORROSION OF CONFORMITY. For those unfamiliar with the Lords, they are vocalist Paul Jones and drummer Rick Ritzler. The duo employ bassist Joe Viers and rhythm guitarist Beau Vanbibber, as well as an impressive roster of guest lead guitarists to bring their undeniably southern musical vision to fruition. Notable six-stringers lending their talent to this ten-song CD include: Chris Poland (MEGADETH), Steve Theado (AMERICAN DOG), Tracy G (DIO), Wayne Findlay (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP), and Steve Pollick (ICARUS WITCH). Adding additional spice to the already flavourful sonic gumbo is the inclusion of harmonica on ‘Chicken Little’, and Hammond Organ on no less than three tracks. Somewhat surprising is the cover of CINDERELLA’s ‘Night Songs’; it’s heavied up no doubt about that, but Jones’ gruff bark can’t compare to the soulful styling of Tom Keifer. And album closer ‘Through Perdition’s Flames’ is a nine-minute monster dedicated to Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. Sci-fi sojourn aside, ‘Hell Will Have To Wait’ and ‘Two In The Belly (One In The Head)’ will definitely go over well with the BLS brethren.