Auckland, New Zealand based psychedelic stoner/doom metal band King Cruel has released their three-track debut EP »Creeper« on September 8th, 2023.
Listen to »Creeper« EP on Spotify and other streaming platforms!
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“In the howling depths of the Antipodean musical abyss, there emerged a thunderous entity known only as King Cruel – a psychedelic doom metal band born from the depths of a hallucinogenic inferno. Formed in a haze of mystery and madness, King Cruel consists of three enigmatic souls brought together by their shared hunger for unorthodox expression and a relentless pursuit of sonic liberation.”
Emerging from an Antipodean post-Covid apocalypse in the year 2023, King Cruel reunites three seasoned musicians and producers for a whole new kind of alchemy.
Inspired by the gothic leanings of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, the fuzzed-out brutalism of stoner rock, and the anarchic punch of PetroDragonic Apocalypse-era King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard, the trio from Auckland, New Zealand bring a range of musical influences from their previous musical lives to a simmering sonic cauldron.
The three-track »Creeper« EP channels stories of spell-wielding menaces and ghouls delivered in sinister melodies; twisted fairytales told with a grim smile. Instrumentally, the members of King Cruel seem to abide by a singular maxim: make it loud and make it undeniable. Snaking guitar riffs writhe atop drums that could carve canyons. The resulting three tunes could easily soundtrack a midnight drive or a Victorian killing spree.
As an opening salvo, »Creeper« is a 13-minute triple-punch that will transport you to a musical purgatory somewhere between the classic gallop of Black Sabbath and modern psychedelic-tinged stonerism. Dial it up and enjoy the ride.
Recorded & mixed by Evan Cooper.
Mastered by Josh Hodgson.
Artwork by Luke Oram.
King Cruel is:
Luke Oram – Vocals
Evan Cooper – Drums
Josh Hodgson – Guitars