Kings Destroy releasing ‘Fantasma Nera’ & touring (stream “Barbarossa”)
NYC’s Kings Destroy are following their self-titled 2015 album with the new album Fantasma Nera on March 8 via Svart Records (pre-order), and this one sees them branching out from the stoner metal of their earlier material and going in a few different, much more ambitious directions. The album was produced by David Bottrill (who helmed prog classics like King Crimson’s Thrak and Tool’s Ænima and Lateralus), and guitarist Carl Porcaro says Bottrill “helped us find new creative approaches, and this resulted in an album that doesn’t sound like anything else we’ve ever done.” The lead single/title track saw Kings Destroy going into trippy desert rock territory, and new single “Barbarossa” is something else entirely. It sorta sounds like a cross between the driving alt-rock of The Colour and the Shape-era Foo Fighters and the triumphant classic metal of Powerslave-era Iron Maiden, and Kings Destroy blend these sounds so seamlessly that you’ll forget anyone ever said grunge was a reaction to popular ’80s metal.
According to guitarist Chris Skowronski, “Barbarossa” is “a bit of an outlier” for this album. “It’s more up-tempo and melodic than the rest of the record. Lyrically, the song recounts the last thoughts of a soldier dying on a battlefield. I think that the contrast between the subject matter of the lyrics and vibe of the music works really well.” The song makes its premiere below. The album tracklist is below too, and that’s the artwork above, designed by A Storm of Light’s Josh Graham (who used to be Neurosis’ visual artist and has designed art for Soundgarden and more).
As mentioned, Kings Destroy will be touring with Forming The Void and Gozu in the days leading up to the album’s release. The tour begins in Kingston, NY on 2/27 and includes a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Saint Vitus on March 12 with additional support from Clamfight (tickets). Kings Destroy are also playing Connecticut’s New England Stoner & Doom Fest (May 3-5) and Maryland Doom Fest (June 20-23). All dates are listed below.
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Kings Destroy — 2019 Tour Dates
February 27 Kingston, NY The Anchor
February 28 Portland, ME Geno’s
March 1 Boston, MA Middle East
March 2 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
March 3 Montreal TurboHaus
March 4 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
March 5 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
March 6 Pittsburgh, PA Howlers
May 3–5 Jewett City, CT New England Stoner and Doom Fest
June 20-23 Frederick, MD Maryland Doom Fest