Label: Inside Out Music - IOMCD 222 • Format: CD Album, Enhanced • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Hard Rock
A few unfortunate haircuts at the beginning of a band's existence, a well-meant but mismatched tour or two, and a band spends its life consigned to a genre where it fits and functions about as well as COURTNEY LOVE 's chastity belt. Many metalheads think they're Hurricane - Kings X - Ogre Toneswhile a nation of more open-minded music fans have no idea they exist, languishing in the same record bins as DEICIDE.
Would KING'S X have fared better careerwise if they'd been seen from the beginning as, say, a power pop band who happened to turn up the guitars sometimes?
It's academic at this point, but it's also a damn shame that this band never broke through Hurricane - Kings X - Ogre Tones a larger audience. Now recording and playing mostly to the already-converted, the band switch to the InsideOut label in time to release "Ogre Tones"one of the strongest batches of songs in their twenty-year history.
Just listen to songs like "Stay" and "If" — wide-open harmonies and the kind of melodies made for top-down driving and California Abgrund - Mantus - Demut. There's darkness in their music as well, though — sometimes their most simple and universal lyrics are coupled with sinister minor chords, Hurricane - Kings X - Ogre Tones a thunderstorm on the horizon.
And songs like "Sooner or Later" and "Open My Eyes" can be downright grim in outlook — friendships end, those who express themselves are crushed down, desperate people turn to violence. Doug Pinnick All Roads Lead To Rome - Uncle Charlie* And The Childrens Bible Hour Staff - Talking Tools And Othe point-blank asks God, in one song, "why are your people so fuckin' mean?
It's an organic, honest vibe, and it's why no one out there sounds anything like them. KING'S X is another of those bands where, if you haven't been keeping up since the beginning, their discography can be a little daunting. Here's a tip: go pick this up the day it comes out, and while you're at it, buy a used copy of 's "Faith Hope Love" if all you can find is the self-titled album fromthat'll work just as well.
Once you initiate yourself into their slippery, groove-laden, soulful hard rock, going out to pick up the rest of their catalog will be a no-brainer.
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