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Sounds | For I Am King, Liars

De Nederlandse deathmetal/metalcore band For I Am King, die we kennen van hun in 2018 uitgekomen parel I, laat vandaag gelukkig weer van zich horen met nieuw materiaal. Liars kondigt hopelijk een nieuw album aan - ik zeg hopelijk, omdat er nog niet écht officieel uitsluitsel over gegeven is. Let's keep our fingers crossed, dus...

Na een kort virtuoos gitaarintro van Koen Scheepens, trekt zangeres Alma Alizadeh haar strot open: "Liars," screamt ze, "We're fucking liars!" Daaromheen blijven Koen en collega Wouter hun gitaren laten zingen, terwijl bassist Jurgen en drummer Ivo een beat neerzetten die je wegblaast.

Leuk wetenswaardigheidje: Ivo Maarhuis is de nieuwe, buitengewoon getalenteerde drummer van For I Am King. Hiervoor heb je hem kunnen bewonderen toen-ie op de trommels sloeg bij Izegrim. Brothers in Raw sprak hem een poos geleden in het kader van de rubriek Het favoriete instrument van. Liars is het eerste nieuwe materiaal van For I Am King waarop Ivo drumt.




The uniqueness of the Dutch metal band FOR I AM KING is best described by the introduction of the new I-factor, a 3.0 variant of the much sought-after X-factor. The I is the ninth letter of the modern Latin alphabet and it has importance in the fields of mathematics and chemistry as well. In addition, I is the symbol for electric power and it stands in abbreviations for international. With FOR I AM KING, the I-factor (except the I in the band name) lies in the combination of the musical components: modern, complex, furious but always catchy metal with capturing melodies, supplemented by the unique vocals of front-woman and eyecatcher Alma Alizadeh. But there are also the personally and socially engaged lyrics, the outward appearance (artwork, photos, videos) and especially the explosive live shows that enthuse FOR I AM KING’s audiences wherever they appear.

I – the musical direction: As a Roman numeral, I is the number 1. However, I is not the first musical output of this ambitious quintet from Amsterdam, but the second. Guitarist Koen Scheepens: "When we started writing the new material, we absolutely did not want to limit ourselves to musical genres. After a while we gradually noticed that we were able to include everyone's personal taste and ideas into the unity that ‘I’ eventually became. The result is a new face, in which the old one, our debut album ‘Daemons’ (2016, Redfield Records), is still visible. ‘I’ is certainly still metal, influenced by bands like IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, DARKEST HOUR, ARCH ENEMY or KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, but it’s more accessible than our first EP ‘Revengeance’ and more contemporary than ‘Daemons’. ‘I’ sounds familiar, refreshing and characterizes the growth of the band – as friends and musicians."

It's simple: just metal!

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