Thursday, March 16, 2017

back to the past: King's X

Progressive band King's X has been making music for a long time. The older generations will remember King's X coming to the attention of the world in the late 80s and early 90s, but there's a lot more to the band than the early period. Nevertheless, for those not familiar with the band, here is one of the songs that gave them prominence. The band has a very long history, as documented on Wikipedia. At the bottom, for your convenience, you will find the complete album from which said song comes. The album is considered a classic of the early period of the band and it gives you a great glimpse into their sound.
King's X - Over My Head (Video)
King's X is an American rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion rock groups. The band's lyrics are largely based on the members' struggles with religion and self-acceptance. King's X was ranked No. 83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King's X has released twelve studio albums, two official live albums, and several independent releases. The band's most recent studio album, XV, was released in 2008 on the InsideOut Music label. Since leaving Atlantic Records, following the release of Ear Candy in 1996, King's X have released albums through Metal Blade Records, InsideOut Music and independently. Each member of the group has recorded several solo albums and have made numerous guest appearances on other artists' albums, as well as participated in numerous compilation projects. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor also have many albums released with side bands in which they participate. Early in their major label career the band secured opening slots on arena tours, including opening for bands like Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Scorpions, Pearl Jam and Mötley Crüe as well as the Woodstock '94 festival. To this day, they continue to tour and perform live. The spiritual nature of the band's lyrics, particularly on their first four albums, has often led to them being labeled a Christian rock band, a label the members have rejected. [Wikipedia]
King's X - Gretchen Goes to Nebraska (1989) Full Album

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