• John Van de Mergel

Sounds | King Woman, Morning Star


Een zware, slepende sludge-/doomsound laten blenden met een dromerige, wat zwoele zangstijl, op zich niets uitzonderlijk in het genre gezien het werkt. Ik bedoel dan vooral het contrast tussen duistere, lome heavy metal en aparte stemmen. De video bij Morning Star is trouwens in één take opgenomen. Het resultaat is een perfecte match van het visuele en het muzikale aspect.


Celestial Blues verschijnt op 30 juli via Relapse Records.


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Formed in 2009 by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, the Bay Area's King Woman began

as a solo project then later developed into a full band. Over the course of the last decade, King Woman have crafted a sound thoroughly their own - a sound

that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze

alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of doom. The band's debut

EP Doubt (released on leading San Fran avant-garde imprint The Flenser in 2014)

paired weighty subject matter with wistful, brooding, and hypnotic

songwriting. KING WOMAN's mystical sound resonated strongly enough to catch the

attention of renowned independent label Relapse Records, who signed the band in

2016.


KING WOMAN's debut full-length Created in the Image of Suffering is set for a

February 2017 release via Relapse. A profoundly crafted opus of dirgey, ethereal doom-

rock, the album was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck &

Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden. Created In The Image of

Suffering's seven compositions evoke rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of

blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that

call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply

personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental

torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art.


KING WOMAN is:

Kristina Esfandiari

Joey Raygoza

Peter Arensdorf


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