Throwback Thursday: “La Petite Mort or A Conversation with God” by King 810

Nope. It’s not Thursday. Nope. It’s not even a throwback. Here’s our review of King 810’s “La Petite Mort or A Conversation with God” from September 2016…

King 810 put out a lot of music before “Memoirs of a Murderer” and a lot of music between that and this, their second Major label album with Roadrunner Records. The “Midwest Monsters 2” EP offered up a taste of what this album was going to be like. The album features the original version of the awesome “Vendettas” rather than the remixed version from the EP. Along with a guest appearance from rapper Trick Trick on “In War Time”, presumably recorded in the same sessions. Orchestral elements and samples add to the overall sound, adding a depth to the music and these elements have all been used on the singles that have been released between the albums to great effect. A lot of the songs flow into one another with the use of segways, fades and rises, samples and eerie keys. This adds the the overall atmospheric as well as giving the album a complete sound. Many fans will have feared that King 810 would change their style and move in more of an acoustic bordering on country style or even into rap with some of their between album single offerings. Far from it. The first half of the album is pure metal. “Alpha & Omega” is probably the heaviest song in the Roadrunner Records era of the band. 8 minute epic “La Petite Mort” is deep on atmosphere, spoken word over a variety of musical instruments, stunning and captivating. The autobiographical “I Ain’t Goin’ Back Again” is probably the darkest song on the album, again completely captivating. The Jazz foray of “Life’s not enough” and “Me & Maxine” will catch you completely off guard but they’re amazing songs. King 810 are so much more than a Metal band. David Gunn’s storytelling is a step up throughout. It’s a magical record. [5/5]

Track Listing;

  1. Heavy Lies the Crown
  2. Alpha & Omega
  3. Give My People Back
  4. Vendettas
  5. Black Swan
  6. The Trauma Model
  7. La Petite Mort
  8. I Ain’t Goin Back Again
  9. War Time (feat. Trick Trick)
  10. Life’s Not Enough
  11. Me & Maxine
  12. Wolves Run Together
  13. A Conversation with God

King 810 will be in the UK in February on this tour

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