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King's X: Live All Over The Place - Metal Blade Records - 2004

Track Listing
Disc 1:
Groove Machine
Dogman
Believe
Little Bit Of Soul
Complain
Over My Head
Manic Depression
Black Like Sunday
Finished
Screamer
Johnny

Disc 2:
The Difference (Acoustic)
(Thinking And Wondering) What I'M Gonna Do (Acoustic)
Mr. Evil (Acoustic)
Mississippi Moon (Acoustic)
Goldilox (Acoustic)
Everybody Know A Little Bit (Acoustic)
A Box (Acoustic)
Talk To You
Visions
Cigarettes
Summerland
We Were Born To Be Loved
Moan Jam
Over My Head
They may not be a household name, but when it comes to crowd-pleasing, King's X have one helluva track record. Right from the start, critics sang the praises of the band's uplifting and utterly unique musical brew, and a small but rabid following was the result. That following grew little by little, as legions of satisfied customers brought in new converts. World domination may not have been quite within reach, but King's X had developed quite a reputation for delivering the proverbial goods. The one thing their fans lacked was a live album- a document of their live prowess for all to marvel at.

Well, perhaps having heard comments floating around about the curious lack of live material in their catalogue, King's X oblige the fans like a psychic Santa once again. Okay, so now that the long-awaited live album is finally here, how does it measure up? Well, having caught the band on tour (sandwiched between the more traditional metal fare of Dio and HammerFall), I can say with some authority that "Live All Over The Place" is a fairly accurate depiction of a King's X show today. The liner notes reveal that the album was recorded from the sound board, over the course of several tours, by one Jay Phebus. And I really gotta hand it to the guy: Crank it up, in fact, and you begin to feel like you're in the front row. An extensive full-color booklet, crammed with live shots, reinforces the "I was there" factor, making this a great tour souvenir for those who were there, and a good primer for those who weren't.

With twenty five tracks over two discs, there's plenty to digest here, which is both a blessing and a curse; blissful for the diehard, but a bit overwhelming for the casual fan. At the front end of disc two is an "acoustic" set, but in the loosest sense of the term, since bassist/ vocalist extraordinaire Doug Pinnick appears to have remained plugged in for the duration of this nifty, but perhaps mislabeled event. Ty Tabor's guitar, meanwhile, sounds clean and jangly on these tracks, but by no means acoustic. But like the rest of the album, its all fun, energetic, uplifting and endearingly quirky, so what the heck. Further praise must go to Pinnick, Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill for their trademark vocal harmonies, which manage to remain dead-on most of the time, despite the absence (I think) of studio gadgets to polish them up. Guitar tone is a bit muddy in some places, but when you tune down (as these guys were doing before it became cool), I guess that is bound to happen a bit. Anyway, rejoice, King's X fans, for the long-awaited double-live extravaganza is at hand. And its good.

Note: Check out Doug's groovy and totally appropriate social commentary during "Believe". Something tells me he must have recently seen Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine".

Rating: 7.5


--Vinaya 03.03.05
About this Writer:
Vinaya Saksena // Vinaya is either a writer who dabbles in guitar playing, or a guitar player who dabbles in writing. A Maximum Metal staffer since 2004, he has also served as a reporter for several newspapers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Although his obsession with music is such that it does not allow time for much else by way of hobbies, he also enjoys traveling, trivia, photography, British comedy and the occasional A-Team re-run.

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.

Note: Reviews are graded from 0-5, anything higher or not showing is from our old style. Scores, however, do not reveal the important features. The written review that accompanies the ratings is the best source of information regarding the music on our site. Reviewing is opinionated, not a qualitative science, so scores are personal to the reviewer and could reflect anything from being technically brilliant to gloriously cheesy fun.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: KINGS X
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Live All Over The PlaceKings X
2004
Vinaya Saksena3/4/2005
Ogre TonesKings X
2005
Ken Pierce10/3/2005
XVKings X
2008
Al Kikuras7/11/2008
XVKings X
2008
Kim Thore5/30/2008


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: KINGS X

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ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: KINGS X
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
dUg PinnickKings XKim Thore6/4/2008
Ty TaborKings XKim Thore4/1/2010


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