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For I Am King
We All Have Demons

Company: Redfield Digital
Release: 2016
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • The intensity of freshly spewed lava

  • Reviewing a two track EP is not the easiest of things to do. However, For I Am King's 'We All Have Demons' has captured my attention since my first listen. "This Is A Warning" is the first track and comes out swinging with insanely heavy riffs, vocals that will send shivers down your spine and a song that gets the metal flowing through my veins with the intensity of freshly spewed lava. Vocal artist Alma delivers some of the best growls and screams I have heard in a long time with guitarists Jurgen and Wouter packing enough wallops to floor a charging rhino. Drummer Jaap and bassist Jasper fatten up the mix with a backend that pulls everything together in a tight, brutal mix. "We All Have Demons" keeps up the frenetic pace and throws in some pretty nifty guitar noodling and some insanely heavy breakdowns that had me nearly snapping my neck with headbanging ferocity. The bridge is incredibly poignant and beautiful before going to a Gothenburg-styled riff that plays the track through to its conclusion. The video for this track is also pretty damn cool as well. These two songs have got me so enamored that I can’t stop listening to them. I am sure I look like a mental patient spasming around in my car when these tracks are on. I am eagerly looking forward to a full length album by these very talented Danes and only hope that this EP can hold me over until then!

    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    All reviews for For I Am King:
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