‘A World Without Evil’ – The King Lot’s new release is packed with refined rock songs

Following our interview with Jay Moir, the guitarist of The King Lot, we have exclusive access to the new album prior to its release on 27th of January.

After raising £4000 from a Pledge Campaign, the production of the physical albums are finished and the band are ready to tour this year. Jay’s says, “I’m really proud of how ‘A World Without Evil’ has turned out. It has a good mix of heavy sounds and light touches that really displays what we as a band are capable of. It’s just as much fun playing the song as listening to them. I can’t wait to get on the road and play them all.”

The album cover itself is dark and edgy with the inside portraying the band in, what looks like an abandoned hospital looking cool and biker-esque and an inside sleeve with a thank you to everyone who contributed to the Pledge Campaign.

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Album Cover, “A World Without Evil” | Photo Credit: The King Lot

The album kicks off with the untouched sound of a drum cymbal introducing a crashing guitar riff with effective pinch harmonics. It definitely makes you tap your foot uncontrollably. Then Jason’s impeccable vocals are brought in. The chorus is a great start to the album introducing the album title and showing off Jason’s versatile voice. The verse guitar parts are complex but not overwhelming. They create a brilliantly intense sound for just three people. Then there’s a sudden stop and we’re left with a gentle guitar melody until the effectively simple drum fill brings in a strong solo from Jay showing off his ability of complex guitar techniques with melodic phrases. The song finishes with a bang, with the intro guitar riff and crashing drums. Then what sounds like a little girl completes the song creepily.

All I Want begins with a riff similar to The Cult and a driving drum beat. Jason’s voice is comparable to Jon Bon Jovi in the verses. An effective build up brings us to a slightly tongue and cheek but catchy chorus but if it doesn’t put a smile on your face, you’re made of stone. The lyrics are a tad cliché in places but it adds to the theme of the song so it isn’t necessarily a negative aspect of this simple, cheery rock song. The break then brings an unexpected turn to a random guitar riff which effectively ends the song but sounds a bit out of place in relation to the rest of the song.

A tempo change brings us to Damaged Girls. A slow guitar melody compliments Jason’s vocals, then the chorus is punchy and almost angry with more pinch harmonics in the background of another incredibly catchy chorus. Then the break brings an incredibly heavy riff similar to the last then back to the catchy chorus. Ending with the starting guitar melody.

Save Me has a great, polished introduction, a punchy guitar part in the verse, another captivating chorus with pleasing vocal harmonies and a hard hitting post chorus drum and guitar part. The solo brings, yet again, an impressive display of fast playing and melodic bends.

Lonely produces another surprise with anthem like singing to introduce another Bon Jovi style verse. Another cheery catchy chorus comes with the catchy vocal chanting.

The next few songs portray The King Lot’s winning formula. A brilliantly polished guitar riff, driving drums and impressively versatile vocals, with Jay’s intricate guitar solos.

The album ends on a sombre note with Maybe They’re Watching Us. It’s unsettling guitar riff agrees with Jason’s disturbing lyrics in the verse. Another memorable chorus generates more vocal harmonies and a fast driving chorus. The break is interesting to hear with the effectual guitar effects which brings in a very fitting guitar solo, which flows with the style and theme of the song. The Song seems to end on a hazy confusing way until the creepy whistling of the melody and alarm sound finishes the album effectively and uniquely.

I’m not a big hard rock or heavy metal fan, however, this album is accessible and such a joy to listen to. I couldn’t pick a bad song. It cements The King Lot’s distinctive sound. A barrage of wild vocals, unwavering guitar riffs, hard hitting drum parts and elaborate guitar solos, which are a tad similar in places but at least they show off Jay’s guitar ability and don’t show up in every song preventing the tediousness of most hard rock song structures. They’ve created an album of memorable, straightforward and refined rock songs. I urge anyone, no matter your music taste, to listen to this album.

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