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April 30, 2008

Return of the Kings

Filed under: General — Tom @ 8:26 pm

Wow, these guys have GOT to get some better management/promotion people – three weeks from release date and I just happened to check their website to find that the new King’s X album, XV, will be in stores May 20. What is going on with that? No mailing list to keep fans informed of what’s going on, few updates on the website . . . this is a recipe for exactly the situation the band finds itself in where it feels like the industry has shunned it and the listening public has forgotten it. I can’t place the blame entirely on them, we all know how crappy the industry treats musicians, but that’s when bands like this need to pick up the threads and knit themselves a strong community. And King’s X has had a very strong community of fans backing them for as long as I’ve been on the internet. They just haven’t figured out how to exploit it the way that other similarly small, niche-oriented bands (King Crimson, Marillion) have. King’s X is still stuck relying on word of mouth at a time when word of mouth just isn’t good enough – especially when there are so many reliable, cheap alternatives. Fans WANT to help. Let them.

That said, it’s time to place orders – because unless you’re in one of those lucky cities that will stock this, you’re going to be hitting Amazon like I am. And while there, scroll down and check out the early preview mp3s that have been posted. This album sounds like it is going to kick ass.

(And look at that – while on that page what do I find but a second “Dug” Pinnick solo album that I had no idea existed. What did I tell you about no promotion? These guys are digging their own holes, I’m sad to say. This music is way too good to be this ignored, but they’re doing it to themselves.)



  1. Unfortunately, “XV” and dUg’s recent solo album are only so-so. “XV” is better than most of what they put out on Metal Blade, but there are no GREAT songs on it. Plenty of competent stuff that sounds similar to “Ogre Tones”, but there’s no one track even as memorable as OT’s “Alone.”

    I’m buying the disc when it comes out, but that’s just to thank them for their past work that I hold so dear.

    Comment by Yogi — April 30, 2008 @ 9:50 pm | Reply

  2. Really? Damn. That sucks. The preview clips sounded pretty promising, but that is only 30 seconds of each song. I’ve been fooled before. Still buying, however.

    Comment by Tom — May 1, 2008 @ 9:36 am | Reply

  3. It’s not like it’s BAD. It’s just… meh. I know I shouldn’t dream of another “We Were Born To Be Loved” or “Far, Far Away” or “Pleiades.” They don’t write like that anymore.

    However, they CAN play that stuff live and I look forward to seeing them when (if?) they tour.

    Comment by Yogi — May 1, 2008 @ 3:05 pm | Reply

  4. I’ve been all about Dogman for a while now. Man, what a great album. It’s an oddity in their catalog, for some reason. Nothing else quite like it.

    Comment by Tom — May 1, 2008 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  5. Dogman does stand apart. I HATED it when it came out, but now I really respect them for taking such an artistic left turn. There are songs I don’t love (“Don’t Care”, “Go To Hell”, “Sunshine Rain”), and I really think the fake crowd noise on “Manic Depression” is totally STOOPID, but there’s lots of goodness on there. “Human Behavior” KILLS.

    Now, I’m off to order the new Keneally release!

    Comment by Yogi — May 1, 2008 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

  6. I’m that lone weirdo who fell in love with Ear Candy and won’t give it up. I love a lot of the rest of their catalog though (and wish someone cared enough to remaster some of that earliest stuff).

    I’ll have to try and score a copy of this. They certainly seem to go out of their way not to be noticed.

    Comment by Josh Hathaway — May 6, 2008 @ 8:11 am | Reply

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