Wednesday, August 11, 2010

King Giant - Southern Darkness


King Giant
Southern Darkness
self-released

The band’s name is King Giant and the album is called Southern Darkness. If you guessed this Virginia quintet trucks in heavy doom/stoner/grunge metal, you’d be shooting at an easy target. King Giant isn’t doing anything here that Down hasn’t done already, but you know what? Who gives a shit? When the groove of Potter’s Field grabs you by the gonads and shakes you ‘til you’re sore, the rage of Machine Gun Mantra sends you hiding behind the kitchen door with a butcher knife, the riffs of Shindig rip out your entrails and stuff them in your pockets and the bad vibes of Mississippi River haunt your waking dreams, questions of originality just don’t matter a damn. Frontdude Hammerly has a voice somewhere between the whiskey-scarred growl of Phil Anselmo and the manly bellow of Glenn Danzig, and his charisma carries the tracks on the occasions when the sounds verge on the generic. Southern Darkness may owe a debt to the teeth-gnashing doom that came before it, but it stands proudly shoulder to shoulder with its inspirations. Plus 13 To begins with a banjo before crashing into the swamp with amps cranked to 21. That’s just fucking cool.

- Michael Toland

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