Nearly 2 years after the release of their debut album Signals, Mallory Knox, the five-piece ‘alternative rock’ band from Cambridge (Joe Savins lead guitar, drummer Dave Rawling, bassist Sam Douglas, James Gilllett rhythm guitar and vocalist Mikey Chapman) are about to release their second, and much awaited album Asymmetry.
After this fairly lengthy time-lapse, many bands would be likely to return with a different sound, but Asymmetry successfully picks up where the band left off, with renewed enthusiasm, but retaining the unique characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd.
The band have obviously been working hard during the album hiatus, resulting in an album that is likely to transport the group to the top of the British music scene with it’s fresh but explosive offering, that contains some huge anthems delivered with absurd confidence. Shout at The Moon is fast paced with a haunting guitar solo, Ghost In The Mirror demonstrates uncompromising guitar riffs and powerful melodies whilst Dare You delivers a more seductive note, that would not sound out of place on a Deaf Havana album.
The effortless vocals of Mikey Chapman are impressively showcased in the tracks Heart and Desire and Lonely Hours, whilst When Are We Waking displays a softer acoustic side not so often seen from Mallory Knox. She Took Him To The Lake – a darker seven minutes long seduction of smooth melodies interspersed with a crowd pleasing chorus.
Mallory Knox have stuck to what they know best but have succeeded in taking this formula to a new level of perfection. The result is an amazing album that will undoubtedly be one of the most impressive British releases this year, delivering the all to familiar Mallory Knox sound but in so many different layers, that add substance and exhibit the bands songwriting capabilities to the full.
After gracing the stages of Slamdunk, Reading and Leeds festivals this year, Mallory Knox have generated a considerable amount of excitement and fervour for this new release , and fans will certainly not be disappointed. This album may even see them elevated up to the heights of being the next alternative rock kings – this album without question is a pinnacle of the best of British rock music.
Written by: Lindsy Stott