I blasted out Among Kings and Queens’ song “Save You” on my social media accounts today. I shoot out a lot of music that I like in hopes that other people will like it too. I truly love and stand behind every track I share but, for some reason, this one has been stuck in my head ever since I shared it out so I may as well take a deeper look into the EP that this song comes from, ‘Life To Start’.
‘Life To Start’ begins with that fateful single, “Save You”. I won’t dig super into this one as I’ve already shoved it down the throats of all of my followers but this is a great track to kick this EP off with. It really lays out a sense of power that I hope reigns supreme throughout all six songs of this EP. As soon as “Face Down” started playing, I knew my hopes were going to come true. This track starts off with a powerful and fuzzy guitar part before blasting into the same feeling of power that I got from “Save You”. The instrumentation of this track is heavy but the vocals keep it from going into the metal world. Hard rock, sure, but I’m not going to call this metal (but, then again, I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to classifying music as metal). Honestly, this style of vocals against this heavy of instrumentation isn’t usually my thing but the amount of power and energy you get from this band is too good to pass up.
The title track on this EP is much slower than the previous two tracks and it really gives you some insight into just how talented this band is. There’s a sense of restraint when it comes to both the guitar work and the steadiness of the vocals. Although a slower song, there’s still no shortage of energy in this track and the vocals are really given a chance to shine. I love how there were multiple points throughout this song where I really thought it was going to shift into something a bit harder but it never did. It was an element of surprise that I wasn’t quite expecting and also just a testament to the restraint and control that Among Kings And Queens has.
Things kick back up for “Your Prison” and bring an almost Chris Cornell style to the vocals. I really don’t know how to write about this kind of music as it’s not my typical thing but, again, just the force and power this band has– that’s alone is enough to have me sold on them and on this EP. The beginning of “Closer” is a great demonstration of that power. Although it feels simple, it’s impressive. I really like the guitar parts in this track and the more hurried tempo. “Closer” is the type of track that will have you banging your head even if you’re just sitting at your desk.
“1000 Pieces” closes out this track in a super intriguing way. This song is a bit all over the place musically making it a super interesting listen. I feel like every element of this song brings something new to the table during this final track as if letting you know that, although you’re done listening to this EP, Among Kings And Queens has so much more to offer so you better not forget them any time soon.
I’ll admit, this almost radio-rock sound is not one that I typically go for but something sets Among Kings And Queens apart from the rest. I think it’s the energy and power but you take a listen and tell me what you think!
My Favorite Track(s): “Save You”
For Fans Of: Radio-Rock; Power; Energy
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 6.8 out of 10
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