Earlier this year, UK band Johnny Wore Black released the exceptional album Walking Underwater Pt. 1, a fiery slab of melodic rock drawing on numerous other vital musical essences to present a thoroughly provocative and thrilling adventure. With second album Walking Underwater Pt. 2 on the near horizon, the solo project of London based songwriter/producer Johnny Jay has chosen September 1st to unveil the first single and teaser from the upcoming encounter. A Cut Above is another compelling exploration of sound and emotive textures by the former Hollywood stuntman, one easily suggesting that the new album will be more than a match for its predecessor and another irresistibly exciting proposition for us all.
A Cut Above sees Jay recruit the bass skills and creative presence of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson once again whilst the song, as the previous album and other releases, is produced by Grammy Award winning producer David Bottrill. There is a certain emotive intensity which seems to brew when the three come together, as shown of the first part of Walking Underwater and the new single is no different. Themed by and taking thoughts into ‘an internal war torn journey of lost love and betrayal’, the single embraces the imagination as potently as it does ears to provide a rigorously captivating incitement.
The song opens with an emotive melody as a guitar gently entices attention to its instantly intriguing narrative. Around it a climate of unrest and intensity is brewing which in league with the equally growing richness of the opening coaxing, leads into an incendiary eruption of almost predatory riffs and punchy beats courted by the throaty weight and texture of Ellefson’s bass. Swiftly joined by the melodic tones of Jay’s always impressive vocals and developing a contagious stride to its persuasion, the song is a dramatic tempest of anthemic resourcefulness around the constant impassioned emotion and angst of the track. As evidenced by previous singles and songs, Jay has a skilled prowess in merging rousing riffs and hooks with intense and dramatic landscapes musically and atmospherically. A Cut Above is another stirring example and arguably his most potent fusion yet, the track from its first immersive note right to its evocative last, an emotionally dark yet vivacious emprise.
If the single is an example of what to expect from Walking Underwater Pt. 2, then it cannot come soon enough and British melodic rock is in for another stirring shot in the arm.
A Cut Above is available on September 1st
For more info hit the Johnny Wore Black official website @ http://www.johnnyworeblack.com/
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