EP of the Week: King 810 – "proem"
Tue, 13 May 2014 08:13:34
"They try to find holes in my story," whispers King 810 frontman David Gunn during a moment of reprieve amidst "Desperate Lovers". "I just point to holes in my body—holes that tell the tales of knife wounds and gun wounds and struggles and suffering".
It's a chilling moment, but it's also starkly poetic. That's one aspect of Gunn's genius. He can paint a harrowing picture yet deliver it soothingly, finding comfort in darkness a la Layne Staley, Dax Riggs, or Philip Anselmo. Right between a buzzsaw guitar groove and pummeling rhythm, this lyrical vignette slightly opens the door into what's on the horizon from King 810. As a whole, that's also what the band's brutal, bombastic, and brilliant EP, proem does.
It begins with a pastiche of news reports echoing the crimes of the band's native Flint, MI—the forgotten city or more often referred to as "Murder Town". A searing guitar twinge ignites "Killem All", which rages with an intensity unmatched by anybody else in heavy music as Gunn screams, "Gun 'em down! Hang their fucking bodies in the hall" and breathless yells, "There's no law in this land. We just kill 'em all". It's unnerving in the best way possible like hearing Undertow for the first time.
That brings us to "Fat Around the Heart". The guitar melody at the beginning feels elegiac as if ushering a funeral procession. Gunn assures, "Your nightmares ain't got nothing on this place" before everything snaps into a true display of power on the jackhammer hook, "Are you scared of the dark?"
"anatomy 1:1" sees Gunn conjure up painfully powerful spoken word and rapid fire it off with the deft wordplay of a timeless poet or street prophet in the vein of 2Pac. You haven't heard anything like this in far too long. King 810 will be reigning over heavy music very soon. That's where this story of Gunn's will end. Get ready for a revolution…
Have you heard King 810 yet?
Get "Fat Around the Heart" here!
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Watch "anatomy 1:1" below