reclaim the darkness - cd/lp out NOW
Vocals - Tony Forde
Guitar - David Hill
Drums - David Haley
KING, an unfaltering and melancholic blackened metal force - keeping the spirit of old while carving a new path, epic while remaining raw, majestic while retaining a primitive atmosphere. Within the debut album “Reclaim The Darkness”, KING creates the perfect soundtrack to tell tales of an old world, a world forged by the gods and walked by giants. Tales of dark and bleak battles, never ending winters and the wonders of time and space.
KING was formed in 2013 by David Hill (guitar) and Tony Forde (vocals) who had worked together previously on grind core and death metal projects but shared the same drive to create something with more depth and space to express their musical ideas and concepts. David Haley joined on drums in 2014, his drum arrangements perfectly captured the atmosphere of KING taking the compositions to the next level. Drawing from shared musical influences like Immortal, Moonsorrow, In Flames, Satyricon, Dissection and Soilwork, the underlying focus during the writing process was on strong song structures to allow the arrangements to effortlessly transition between raw black metal and epic, soaring layered melodies.
Life, death, our existence within and as part of the universe are lyrical themes throughout the album. Gaining equal inspiration from turning towards the heavens, wondering at the stars and the infinity of time and space, to the thought of a new life being born and contemplating our short time on earth as humans. The music was composed with the same concepts in mind with great influence drawn from spending time in nature in astonishing landscapes, listening & feeling the stories that the landscapes told.
Walking through forests filled with 1000-year-old trees, travelling across vast landscapes, over mountains and marvelling at their beauty, staying in ancient cities and sensing the history of empires that had come and gone. These environments create a sense of wonder and brings to the surface the thoughts and concepts of our existence and our part in everything. The goal for the music of KING is about taking the listener on a journey to recreate that feeling of wonder and thoughtfulness, not to show what is already known, but to awaken what has always has been inside.
The debut album was written and recorded over an intense 2-year period, with pre-production completed in their own studio KING entered Crawl Space studios February 2015 for recordings and mixing, with the final product being completed on the Autumn equinox. All music was recorded and engineered by Joseph Haley at Crawl Space Studio and mastered by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering (Gorgoroth, Darkane, I and Symphony X). The result is a timeless offering, ready to be unleashed.
KING signed with Norwegian label Indie Recordings who released Reclaim The Darkness on August 26th 2016. To support the release KING toured throughout Australia and New Zealand performing with Inquisition, Enslaved as well as a string of headlining shows late 2016 and early 2017.
Reclaim The Darkness is out now on CD/LP via Indie Recordings (world) and EVP Recordings (Australia)