Taake & King Dude announce 2018 North American tour
Norwegian black metal vets Taake returned last year with their seventh proper studio album, Kong Vinter, on Dark Essence Records. Here’s what Jon Rosenthal said about it over at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges:
Taake’s evolution into a more progressive version of itself has resulted in a duality, and Hoest has mastered both halves, just… separately. The black metal existence, as atmospheric as ever, perfectly captures the album’s cover image. Blistering, cold, and ethereal. The other 50% is this new, much more avant-garde approach to which Hoest has sort of adapted. These grooves and strange, slithering riffs echo the legendary Carl-Michael “Czral” Eide in bombast and clanging clarity. However, these two elements are extraordinarily separated, suffering from what I so lovingly call “‘Black Rose Immortal’ syndrome.” Much like the fabled Opeth song, Hoest simply hits a big chord, lets it ring out, then moves onward to something unrelated. It’s jarring, and seemingly thrown together. The elements found within Kong Vinter are undeniably good, great, even, but this oil vs water separation of Hoest’s two halves keeps the album from being his newest triumph.
Taake were supposed to tour North America last year, but visa issues caused them to cancel the whole tour. Now they’ve got those visa issues resolved, and they’re set to come this way in March/April. Most dates feature support from goth-country artist King Dude.
The tour brings Taake and King Dude to NYC on March 24 at Le Poisson Rouge (co-presented by Saint Vitus). Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed on the tour poster below.
Stream Kong Vinter and King Dude’s latest album, 2016’s Sex, below.