Kyng ‘Trampled Sun’ is Timeless Metal – Album Review

2011-09-21

Review by Anne Erickson

Kyng’s new album has imagination and power

Los Angeles’ Kyng know how to make heavy metal soar and roar. On the band’s debut album, Trampled Sun, singer and guitarist Eddie Veliz, bass player Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magaña present close to one hour of timeless-sounding metal that signals their arrival in the heavy music big leagues. Track upon track, the production on Trampled Sun is sharp and the music ambitious, while the songwriting is tight in focus and consistency.

Musically, tracks such as “Trampled Sun” and “Porcelain” carry melodic character and brutal, pounding rhythms. “Between the Blame” and “Down on Me” sound twisted and gnarled, as Kyng take their broad range of influences, mix them up and spit them out with songs that very from psychedelic to metal to alternative rock to ’70s rock. “Porcelain” brings out striking vocal harmonies between Veliz and Castaneda. You can hear Queens of the Stone Age, Led Zeppelin and Foo Fighters throughout the sludge-rock concoction.

Kyng’s Trampled Sun is melodious enough to appeal to a wide variety of music fans, yet heavy enough to recruit even the most prudish of headbangers to their camp. They fuse heavy metal with blues-tinged soul, and the sound is indicative of late-’70s hard rock with a modern, heavy core. The album is edgy and striking in its imagination and power.

Kyng’s album, Trampled Sun, arrives Sept. 27 on REALID Records (through ILG). The band are also set to tour with Wayne Static of Static-X this fall.

Ink Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Guitar Splatters


 




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