KOBRA AND THE LOTUS - High Priestess
If success is measured by the number of tours under an artist's belt instead of albums sold, Canadian bashers Kobra And The Lotus are somewhere near the top of the mountain. And they're still climbing. Since the release of their self-titled second album in 2012, the band has logged several thousand kilometers travelled, played club, arena and festival stages around the world. All of this roadwork has prepared them for what promises to be the most intense touring cycle of their career once the new album, High Priestess, is unleashed.
"We've been going non-stop but it's just the way it has to be," says vocalist Kobra Paige. "I love playing live, I live for it. It's a crucial form of enjoyment for us, and that feeling has to be there if you're going to make this work. I've only known one thing and that's touring. Performing live is what makes us able to sustain ourselves."
Following their North American support tour with Swedish/Danish sextet Amaranthe in August 2013, Kobra And The Lotus made a beeline for Chicago, IL and Groovemasters Studios. Kobra and guitarist Jasio Kulakowski spent the next two months with Grammy Award winning producer Johnny K (Megadeth, Three Doors Down, Disturbed) hammering out the songs that would become the High Preistess album.
High Priestess showcases Kobra And The Lotus' ongoing rise as a hungry no-nonsense metal band straight out of the old school. Folks that were surprised by Kobra's vocal evolution between the Out Of The Pit debut (2010) and the second album will be floored by her new mid-range voice in amongst the highs and lows. Kulakowski, meanwhile, dominates as a riff-heavy shredder with progressive undertones, turning in songs steeped in the realms of classic Judas Priest, Megadeth, Blind Guardian, Death Angel and Metallica. High Priestess is a high energy assault, dynamic and original, perhaps best exhibited by anthems 'Battle Of Wrath', 'Hold On' - both featuring some unexpected new vocal territory - 'I Am I Am', and the over-the-top theatrical show-stopper, 'Lost In The Shadows'.
"High Priestess is a straight-up expression of the music coming out of us, " Kobra admits. "We wrote from the soul. Jasio and I wrote half the album together, I wrote the title track alone, and there was material that was already there that I'd written with other people. We also wrote some material with Johnny in the studio ('Warhorse', 'Battle Of Wrath') because we felt inspired working with him. The album is a collaborative mix."
The band took the "All Killer, No Filler" approach to piecing High Priestess together, keeping the tracklist to a lean and mean 10 tracks rather than trying to bludgeon the listener into submission with 75+ minutes of music. Not rocket science by any means, rather an old school approach to making music that Kobra And The Lotus live by.
Kobra: "If you have 13 or 14 songs on an album you run the risk of watering it down with weaker material. We try to avoid that as much as possible."
On top of releasing their strongest album to date, Kobra And The Lotus just completed their loudest and proudest era yet supporting KISS and Def Leppard in North America.
Kobra And The Lotus - High Priestess
· Grammy nominated Johnny K of Groovemaster Studio Chicago
· Ted Jensen of Sterling Sound NY, NY
Written by Carl Begai