King of Kings 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… King of Kings 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… King of Kings Metal
Music Review

King of Kings (1991)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: King of Kings; Genre: Metal

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-

Originally posted Apr 05, 1991 Published in issue #60 Apr 05, 1991 Order article reprints
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