Calgary-based hard rock quintet KOBRA AND THE LOTUS have returned with their new studio album ‘Evolution‘, which will get a September 20th release on Napalm Records.The upcoming LP sees the band imbued with a new fire that comes through by way of undeniable hooks, soaring guitar riffs, marching drum beats, and the soulful, bombastic vocal delivery of lead singer Kobra Paige. No longer bound by old formulas and expectations from the past, ‘Evolution‘ comes through with a sound that is expansive and, at times, borders on outright swagger. Each song feels like an Active Rock hit in the making, while still having the grit and feverish intensity that longtime fans have come to admire from Kobra and the Lotus.
Fans can now enjoy the first offering from ‘Evolution‘. The band has dropped their music video for the new single “Burn!”
‘Evolution‘ boasts the band’s most cohesive and confident material to date. For the new record, Kobra and the Lotus enlisted the services of producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette[Alter Bridge, Linkin Park, Slash, Sevendust]. “The new body of work sets the tone for the music going forward. Sonically, it’s still heavy. It highlights the showmanship and maintains the edge. At the same time, it’s approachable. It pays tribute to our influences, but it takes the next step. So, it’s a reintroduction to us and a rebirth. A firm goal was to build a strong identity and update everything. We just want to be Kobra and the Lotus; that’s what we’re doing.
The first single, “Burn!” ignites this chapter. A hummable riff snaps into a visceral verse as the frontwoman directly declares, “I really hate you, yes I do.” The track builds towards an incendiary and infectious chorus, hinging on a seesawing guttural groove and hitting like a sledgehammer. “It’s about all of the reasons you hold yourself back,” she explains. “You literally need to burn all of those feelings, stories, excuses, and obstacles keeping you from being your own authentic self. It’s super personal. It’s a product of growing and arriving as a person. I’m realizing who I am. It’s symbolic of the rebirth,” says Kobra.
KOBRA AND THE LOUTS – ‘Evolution’ Tracklist 1. Evolution 2. Burn! 3. We Come Undone 4. Wounds 5. Thundersmith6. Circus 7. Wash Away 8. Liar 9. Get The F*ck Out Of Here 10. In The End 11. Tokyo (Japan Version Only)
Going further into the process behind ‘Evolution,’ Kobra comments, “We’ve never done a record like ‘Evolution.’ We’ve flown demos over the internet back and forth or started a few ideas prior to hitting the studio. This time, we were all working together in the flesh for the full duration of the writing process. It’s a collision of everything we love. We feel like it’s the freshest and most timeless thing we’ve brought to the table.”
In addition to the release of their new record, Kobra and the Lotus will hit the road starting next month. The trek kicks off on August 29th in Nashville, TN and concludes on November 1st in Ft. Myers, FL.
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS On Tour :8/29: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 8/31: Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend 9/2: Huntsville, AL @ Sidetracks Music Hall 9/3: Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music Diner 9/4: Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy 9/5: Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall* 9/6: Stafford Springs, CT @ Stafford Palace Theater 9/9: Laconia, NH @ Granite State Music Hall 9/10: Hampton Beach, NH @ Wally’s 9/11: Portland, ME @ Aura 9/13: Harrison, OH @ The Blue Note 9/14: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop 9/15: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection 9/18: Kansasville, WI @ 1175 Sports Park & Eatery 9/19: St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall9/20: Lombard, IL @ Brauer House 9/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall 9/25: New York, NY @ Sony Hall 9/26: Harrisburg, PA @ Club XL Live 9/27: Lynchburg, VA @ Phase 29/29: Warrendale, PA @ Jergel’s Rhythm Grill 10/1: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse 10/3: Wichita, KS @ Wave – Indoor Stage 10/5: Golden, CO @ Dirty Dogs Roadhouse 10/6: Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater10/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse* 10/10: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage 10/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/12: Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky 10/16: Tucson, AZ @ Encore 10/17: Roswell, NM @ The Liberty* 10/18: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom 10/19: Waco, TX @ The Backyard 10/20: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill 10/22: Houston, TX @ House of Blues 10/23: San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theater 10/24: Corpus Christi, TX @ House of Rock 10/25: Lafayette, LA @ The District 10/26: Miramar Beach, FL @ Village Door Music Hall 10/30: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live 10/31: Savannah, GA @ Victory North 11/1: Ft. Myers, FL @ The Ranch *KOBRA AND THE LOTUS HEADLINE
The global metal scene recognizes Alissa White-Gluz for her unforgettable and inimitable work as the vocalist of iconic metal band Arch Enemy. At this point in her career, the versatile singer has worked steadily in heavy bands for half her life. The impactful frontwoman has cultivated her style and her sound through years of writing, recording, touring, and old fashioned, iron-clad work ethic. Alissa is armed with equal skill and experience, as well as abundant artistic confidence, and is backed by the fact that music lovers all over the world are eager to hear more of her astonishing range. That’s why White-Gluz is doing something new.
It’s an entity dubbed simply “ALISSA” and her brand new solo project has now been worldwide signed by Napalm Records
First things first — White-Gluz remains firmly installed in her role as the frontwoman of Arch Enemy. That status has not and will not change. “ALISSA” is more of a musical collective, led by White-Gluz and featuring contributions from her wide network of also-talented friends, like an own creative commune with little in the way of rules, regulations, or limits.
So what is ALISSA all about? Alissa White-Gluz on her signing with Napalm Records:
“I’m excited to announce that I am currently composing and building my first solo album for the project aptly and honestly entitled “ALISSA” which will see some more of my creative adventures unleashed. It is a welcome creative outlet to unlock all of my lyrical and musical vaults with zero restriction or pressure to conform to any particular style or era. I also pay close attention to what my fans want – I haven’t been ignoring the consistent requests for my clean singing voice! With Angela Gossow as management and Napalm Records just as passionate as I am about this new project, I’m fortunate to have found a home amongst friends and colleagues who are supportive and encouraging of my full musical spectrum. This album will also feature members of the Arch Enemy family, both current and past, as well as many of the other great artists I have had the pleasure of sharing a stage with throughout my career. So many respected artists have invited me into their music over the years, now it’s time to bring them into my world.
Thank you to all my incredible fans around the world – this music is for you!”
Thomas Caser, Napalm Records CEO states:
“A true pleasure to announce this signing today. We are looking forward to this cooperation with one of the most talented front-ladies and artist in today’s business!”
The ALISSA project is about style and substance, with White-Gluz affirming, “This album will be very personal. I have a lot of ideas, songs, lyrics, and compositions built up in my brain over the years, I want to get them out this way.” White-Gluz is stretching her creative muscles and trying new things in a dynamic way.
Most people know Alissa from being in Arch Enemy, where she focuses mostly on her growling vocals. With creating ALISSA it is the perfect platform for presenting her clean singing voice more often as well as delivering other techniques we all have heard from other works with bands. While the project is taking shape, some of the confirmed guests so far include past and present members of Arch Enemy and Kamelot, as well as Doyle from The Misfits. More creative partnerships will be revealed as this exciting and delightfully nebulous project develops and grows. In the meantime, White-Gluz continues to flesh out the material while recruiting players.
ALISSA is essentially another vehicle for White-Gluz to display her talents and an entity that has no boundaries and therein lies the musical thrill — for Alissa White-Gluz and her listeners. An album is already scheduled for 2017 and tour dates will follow around the album release as well.
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