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honestly when i first heard Flint, Michigan-based METAL band KING 810 through my cousin when he was working on their record at the former [the end] studio in greenpoint years ago i didn't know what to make of them. they were so intense it was suffocating. in many respects you can see the influence of NYHC breakdowns and JONATHAN DAVIS' histrionics as pinpoints of their sound, but really it seemed they had one emotion: anger.
listening to them made me realize how much humor is a part of metal, going back SPINAL TAP and their send-up of the ridiculous theatricality of it all. its hard not to see that when thinking of KING DIAMOND or IRON MAIDEN, but it equally holds firm with any artist. they all have a shtick no matter how well-crafted or intentioned. with KING 810 their whole identity and raison d'être is a primal scream reaction to their upbringing in the famously impoverished and perpetually violent former automotive production town Flint. in many ways Flint is a stand in for america itself, with the fall of the automotive industry so to went our collective ability to self-determine our own individual destiny a la the american dream. KING 810 come off like the lost boys of a discarded america.
you may see where i am going with this. when i heard these guys a few years ago their earnestness was intense to the point of parody. it was like, this is what a band sounds like that takes themselves FARRRRRR too seriously and have no sense of levity whatsoever.
post-TRUMP this band sounds a lot different. it sounds like a group of individuals that have lost hope in any institution (political, religious or otherwise) other than themselves. their video for "alpha & omega" is a case in point on the catholic churches famously corrupt practices surround child sex crimes and priests. its over the top intense, but maybe that is what is need right now culturally, someone to just lay it all out there.
either way KING 810 is worth checking out.