Janiss Garza
April 05, 1991 AT 05:00 AM EST

King of Kings

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jeffrey Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Rita Gam, Carmen Sevilla, Rip Torn
director
Nicholas Ray
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

The music made by King of Kings is almost impossible to classify. It has the heavy crunch of hard rock, but, just as often, incorporates free-form jazz and avant-garde classical electronics. The resulting combination is a shock, not only to the ears but to the entire nervous system. ”Don’t You Ever Go Away” blends an early-’70s progressive-rock groove with a primal, Middle Eastern sound, while ”Stone by Stone” overlays the heaviness of thrash metal with free-flowing spirituality. King of Kings works as an album-long set piece, with the songs unfolding in an adventurous stream of consciousness that ties together dream and reality. The band’s lyrics tend toward the cosmic — there’s a song here called ”Mantra” — but they’re always gritty and passionate. For a band whose members are barely in their 20s, this is an amazingly sophisticated debut. A-

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