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King Goblin : Demo 2004/Demo 2003

Japan's King Goblin are musical chameleons, changing their style every time they put out a disc. Last year's demo was heavy on the doom/death, with the last cut, 'Red Rum' (hard to read that without saying it to yourself with the proper intonation, eh?) venturing into proggy mental breakdown territory like King Crimson gone terribly wrong.

Their new demo is definitely less doomy than before, although their trademark black/death vomit vocals survive. This time the vocals are bouncing around on a crazy field of jazzy, quirky, proggy riffs, busy enough to seem fiendish at times. People who love a little King Crimson, Primus, or even 'Zappa with their metal will want to take note.

This short n' sweet little disc confirms something that I suspected last year: These guys are driven by humour as well as a desire to experiment. I'd say that they're just plain insane, but insane people can't usually hold themselves together enough to play complex metal like this. Next time they're likely to put out anything from a death metal collection of Andrew W.K.'s greatest hit(s) to a Ramones tribute played backwards.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
'Demo 2004'
1. Megalomaniacs
2. From Dusk 'Til You Die

'Demo 2003'
3. Devil's Formula
4. Black Mountain (Birmingham Queen)
5. Red Rum

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
Hate Your Guts Records
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