"Between the Shadows" (Frontiers New Recordings; 2024)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

King Zebra's "Between the Shadows" is like a shot of pure energy into your rock'n'roll veins. It's an AOR album that's so dynamic, so catchy, so instantly irresistible, that you'll find yourself reaching for that REPLAY button the minute the album is over.

The problem with too many AOR bands is that music gets too soft, too ballad-y. King Zebra doesn't have that problem. Each track is a solid rocker with crashing guitars, solid vocals, brisk rhythms and infection melodies and choruses. It sounds BIG, and—as mentioned above—the band's energy transfers to the listener. Even when the band does slow down a little bit (as on "With You Forever" and "Love Me Tonight") they still kick ass.

My favorite tracks were the driving "Wicked," the explosive "Cyanide" and the buoyant "Children of the Night." But there's not a weak track here (even the slower tracks I mentioned above still rock like hell).

King Zebra has apparently been around since 2013 and this is the first time we're reviewing them here on That means we got a whole lot of looking back to do and I, for one, am anxious to get to it.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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