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CD REVIEW: KING OF THE NORTH – Get Out Of Your World

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CD REVIEW: KING OF THE NORTH – Get Out Of Your World
Dirty Rock Records
5 August, 2016
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
8 /10

King Of The North - Get Out Of Your World

Rock n’ Roll ain’t dead, but large tracts of it are a stagnant swamp which haven’t been bothered by an original idea in decades. King Of The North are one of the few bands approaching rock from a different angle, their unique sound the result of singer/guitarist/co-producer Andrew Higgs’ “3 from 1 guitar pedal” system, whereby he captures lead, rhythm and bass tracks from the one instrument at the same time.

The result is a heavy rockin’ groove which shines bright on the Hawkwind-meets-Kyuss title track, the post-apocalyptic Hendrixisms of Love Like Fire, the grungey Burn, which features Cog drummer Lucius Borich, and the chunky blues groove on Hard Wired For Hard Times, which features a killer solo from Higgsy.

Ride Like You’re Free overcomes a repetitious chorus by virtue of the propulsive turbo burn of the best classic rock road songs, giving drummer Danny Loe a chance to shine here, and The Mountain – featuring a spoken word cameo from Mark Of Cain’s John Scott – is a monolithic space trip with riffs like sheer cliffs of solid marble.

Down to The Devil is a gloomy tale of turning to the dark side, featuring the striking lyric “I was down at the oasis handing out free suicides,” and Hard Days Are Done encapsulates the entire history of rock in three-minutes-forty-two seconds. Riffs, melodies, lyrics, pounding rhythms, soloing: it’s all there.

To close the album No Stone Left Unturned takes the duo down a heavy Hendrix route, before heading into the hastily recorded cover of the big man’s Manic Depression.

King Of The North took their time with album #2 and it shows. Better songs, more musical variety, memorable lyrics and melodies, and a truly original sound makes this a hard combo to beat.

Shane

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