A Night With Lions is a chaotic and fun alternative rock band that hails from Taunton, Somerset in the United Kingdom and they got together to display their unique and badass jams on the self-titled album A Night With Lions. This album is an interesting concoction that mixes in a wide variety of odd sounds and compositions that creates a very unique and fun final product. If you’re into genre-bending music or bands with unavoidable chemistry, you’re going to like listening through this one.
The first track of the album “Why are We Afraid” opens up with a nice introduction. It has a unique sound, mixed in with synths and electric guitars, and a really powerful build up. The drums are excellent; they are clean, fast-paced, and carry the mood of the song perfectly.
As the drums march along, a unique and disco-y electronic sound starts to develop. These guys do a great job mixing in progressive rock and alternative rock sounds with funky, electronic sounds too. The drums do an amazing job being the bridge and glue between the more electronic vibe with the other more rock, metal sounds.
The vocals are not the highest quality, but honestly they are not that unconvincing either. The singer's voice somehow works with the more unique, weird, disco-like sound that surrounds him. While the singing could be more powerful throughout the album, the singer’s style does help build the overall vibe and personality of the album. The vocals somewhat slow down the entire sound, and it helps.
This band is evidently a creative bunch; the songs in the album have excellent, trippy outros and transitions splashed throughout. It’s a great display of the musicians’ talents and wide range, and it makes them a lot of fun to listen to. The band uses synthesizers a lot, like in the track “Best of It” or during the hook on “Tippy Top,” which helps give them a unique and strong sound.
The drums do tend to be the most complex and in-your-face part of the composition, but it’s spot on. The drummer is a really talented musician. The drums and synths are almost purposefully contrasting, one featuring a spacey, trippy vibe while the other a more organic, clean, rock sound. It’s an interesting balance, and a great reflection of what the band and A Night With Lions is really all about. This is a great and unique listen that will leave you wanting more from this group.
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