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Kings Destroy : And The Rest Will Surely Perish

Kings Destroy are a perfect example of the current unexpected Sabbathian rush.

Well, some day Doom will be listed in the charts everywhere in the barbaric world and not only in the post-civilized Scandinavia. Doom Metal is on its way to global success. The number of Doom bands is ever increasing and the newcomers are often veterans who started out in other scenes and came to sniff gloomy air and bath in groovy despair. Take Kings Destroy as a perfect example of this new unexpected Sabbathian rush: those guys are/were members of the Hardcore bands Killing Time, Uppercut and Electric Frankenstein; one day, just like that, they thought about Doom. Father Osbourne and Holy Vitus. Jesus has awaken their spirits! Jesus, the little acrobat also wears a beard and carries a damn heavy weight on his meager shoulders! Time to mourn with us, guys!

So it was, and Kings Destroy came to life armed with heavy fuzzy riffs, hairy droning leads, acid acrimonious vocals, round bass, and dynamic drumming (but hey! never too much). Despair there is, but also a H.U.G.E. joy to play. Man, how it sounds genuine! I really canít fault this first full-length of these rookies. Itís crammed with catchy music: the clever, ever-changing riffs sustain some simple soloing guitar that always drop its seventies, cool chords at the right time, bringing rhythm to songs that sound as instant classics; itís carved in the black stone of those scout-warriors that were Pentagram, Sabbath and Vitus and achieve some kind of an exploit - one, by not sounding as mere copycats - two, by never leaving the inspiration slip out of their instruments. Where bands like Iron man, Argus, Hour of 13 and others happen to take their foot off the accelerator and canít maintain a nonstop pression, these Hardcore guys have obviously learned a good lesson of energy from their original playground and have released a series of tracks as tense and heavy as they can be inventive. When the vocals start to sink into echo, distorted by some vintage vocoder effects awoken from the dead, creating a (kind of) rapped rhythm (like in track 6), it makes me think of Faith no More. Kings Destroy progress on the fringes of Stoner... they convey the same lively and pulsating energy as Dozer and indulge in the same kind of sarcastic irony as all those Grunge bands among which Faith No More - letís admit it - were a kind of style on their own.

Itís really almost surprising to hear such a rightly crafted Doom coming from the belly of those HxC punks. But let's forget about Punk for a moment, for the production is clean and potent, the songs let all the anger and aggression in momís garage and go explore the mighty groove and a more organized, yet still versatile kind of approach to music. In that respect, you canít say they stayed true to their roots. Their roots are not even Metal! But man, what a gift for adaptation!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Mounty
2. Dusty Mummy
3. The Whittler
4. Planet XXY
5. Medusa
6. Stung
7. Two Tons
8. Old Yeller

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Kings Destroy bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-03-19 by Bertrand Marchal
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