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Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
26th September 2014

Ian Sutherland

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kobra and the lotus

Transport issues robbed me of the chance to check out Edinburgh thrashers Disposable and I arrived at Glasgow's comfortable Ivory Black's club just in time to catch The King Lot hitting the stage.

A three piece band hailing from West Lothian in Scotland, The King Lot are more melodic rock band than power trio but still pack a punch. With a surprisingly full sound their confidence is impressive as is the tuneful, groovy rock style they have. The songs are all about melody and strong choruses with excellent harmonies from all three guys on stage. The vocal strength they have shone in the sole cover in the set, Tyketto's 'Forever Young' delivered with an a capella intro.

Frontman Jason Sweeney's strong, melodic voice and his cheeky, likeable persona added to the strength of the playing and quality of the songs to impress the audience who were there to see the much more metal headliner. A band to watch out for.

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Canadians Kobra And The Lotus are unashamedly a pure, out and out Heavy Metal band. Inspired by the likes of Judas Priest, singer and main songwriter Kobra Paige has totally embraced both traditional Metal's musical values and its' work ethic and this is a band that are paying their dues and finding a following by getting out on the road and working their asses off.

Out on tour this time in with their second album 'High Priestess' to promote they have gone from supporting Kiss and Def Leppard on their co-headlining US tour of enormodomes to this headline tour of UK clubs.

kobra and the lotus

Some people may see it as a comedown to be playing a little club in Glasgow after playing the LA Forum etc but there is zero sign of that here. Launching straight into the riff monster that is the title track of 'High Priestess' it is immediately obvious that this is a proven. hard working, tight powerhouse of a band. The four musicians on stage are locked together and even some initial problems with the bass coming in and out of the sound mix didn't phase them at all.

Actually, to be honest, even when the bass guitar cut out the huge powerful sound from the two guitars and the drums still sounded awesome!

kobra and the lotus

While the band supplied the Metal mayhem behind her, the Kobra of the band's name prowled the stage and sang her heart out. Possessing a voice more akin to a female version of Ro