Roundtable Review: Kobra and the Lotus – High Priestess

katl_HighPriestessCoverLabel:  Titan

Release Date:  24 Jun 2014

Songs:   10

Length:  45 Minutes

Genre:  Just Heavy Metal

Studio Albums:   This is their 3rd studio album

Location:  Canada

WarpRider – My first taste of this Canadian outfit was during Download Festival in the UK in 2012…the last time I had the privilege of being there.  KATL was the first act on the second stage.  Kobra Paige’s vocals are what struck straight away.  She had the gift in the live setting so when I finally heard the CD I knew it wasn’t just production that made her sound good.  I enjoyed their previous self-titled album, but after giving it some thought, I feel they focused too much on her vocals.  This is where “High Priestess” is different.  Despite some lineup changes, they still boast a classic metal appeal (Judas Priest, Dio), but they let the band showcase more of what they can do this time around with emphasis on tight riffing and guitar solos.  At least, that’s how I hear things in the grand scheme of production.  Some of the standout songs for me are ‘Warhorse,’ ‘Heartbeat,’ ‘Hold On,’ and ‘Soldier.’  Overall, they are a strong band that creates catchy content in the vein of some of our classic metal bands from the glorious 80s.  “High Priestess” is a step in the right direction for the band while seasoned and casual metal listeners should find things they like about the album.  3.5 

RiffRaff – Big, dumb, and a whole lot of fun.  If anything on this record are far from trail blazing and original, Titan is packed full of some outstanding performances, especially in the vocal dept., and catchy songs.  Definitely some Judas Priest worship going on throughout the record, but that’s not really a bad thing unless you count in the fact JP put out an excellent record this year which I would be more apt to reach for when I need a JP fix.  This is well worth looking into if you dig on traditional metal and need something brainless to listen to.  3.25

Irmelinis – I think Kobra and The Lotus’ electronic sounding traditional metal will appeal to many with its power metal melodies and repetitive pace. They have a singer with a high-pitched voice as expected in this style, a cool band name, songs with titles like “Battle Of Wrath” and “Warhorse” as well as an abundance of fancy riffs. If that is what makes you headbang, check this out. 2.5

ChristopherMammal – Bands like Crystal Viper showed how well a modern band can build on classic-style heavy metal with female vocals. Kobra and the Lotus do the same, and they do it very well. Kobra has a super voice and immaculate control across a few octaves. She’s a joy to hear. So too are the instruments, which have a depth and crispness that the amplification and recording didn’t always allow in the 1980s heyday of heavy metal. The tone and timbre of the lead guitar is especially impressive – so is the axework itself. The addition of a 21st century melodic metal flavour to the foundation of heavy metal makes this a really enjoyable album with plenty of variety. 4.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3.3 out of 5 


About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on September 5, 2014, in Album Reviews, Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Here’s a band I’m undecided on. I want to like them. Sometimes Brittany’s vocals get on my nerves, but she’s improved tenfold since their demo days.

    • Yes, I think they did improve. Her singing style is kind of unique and really stands out, but compared to other albums, I think this one is the strongest.

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