King Of The North, Sound The Underground, 2015

KING OF THE NORTH - Sound The UndergroundFrench label Bad Reputation must have a strong connection to Australia, because King Of The North are far from the only Aussie band on the label’s roster. And knowing the label pretty well by now, it is no surprise we have another in your face rock band on our hands. One that flirts heavily with stoner by the way, resulting in an explosive mix of groove, power and melody.

But what is really surprising is that this is a duo. Yes you read it right, we have singer / guitarist Andrew Higgs and Danny Leo hitting the skins. The secret is that Andrew does the 3 from 1 trick. This makes one guitar sound like 2 guitars and a bass. Must say that this concept really blew my mind. No wonder it has earned him a “future legend of the guitar” nomination from the Australian Guitar Magazine.

So with that out of the way, let’s talk about the music. We get 12 songs and about 48 minutes of music. Some serious riffing going on here, and as I already stated, lots of groove and power. But because of the melodies, this is a disk one can easily digest. Prime songs for me are Into Your Eyes, Watch It Die and The Shrine, but the rest comes close. Recommended!