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King's X
XV

Company: Inside Out
Release: 2008
Reviewer: Strutter
Genre: Progressive rock
Rating
5



  • "XV" may prove to be their seminal release to date



  • Mother's Finest and Circus of Power had a baby and they christened it King's X. Such is the groove that is the 15th release from Texas's own King's X entitled "XV". While Ty Tabor, Jerry Gaskill and Doug Pinnick have been putting out one quality cd after another for almost two decades, "XV" may prove to be their seminal release to date.

    Keeping true to their signature metal/grunge/soul/funk sound, while adding a Beatle-esque, "George Harrison is our Godfather" resonance, "XV" is one of those rare releases that starts off with a core shaking opening track and astroglides its way into a smooth, corporeal rhythm and then knows when to pull you back out to the front of the stage, fist in the air, arena of rock just when you need it. In short, this is a main course meal, no appetizers or filler found here.

    Pinnick's vocals sound like Pinnick-meaning his distinctive vocal powers are and will forever be idiosyncratic and the distinguishing divergence that has always had King's X in a class by themselves. Gaskill and Tabor provide an astonishing and enormous wall of sound that lifts up well-penned and crafted lyrics, another King's X staple, astonishing the listener that 3 is better than bands twice their number and half their sound.

    "XV" is a classic example of how Kings X gets into your brain and knows better than you do of when to give more and when to give you less - in the sense that a musical canvas can be a masterpiece without having to paint every square inch.


    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 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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