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Bay Area ethereal doomsayers King Woman recently premiered a new track from their forthcoming full-length, Created in the Image of Suffering, via NPR. Titled “Shame”, the new track features trudging, fuzz-laden sludge enveloped by atmospheric vocals and anthemic choruses. Check out the new tune after the break.
Created in the Image of Suffering will be released on February 24 via Relapse Records.
Read our review of the record here.
San Francisco’s King Woman made a grand entrance in 2014 with their critically-lauded EP, Doubt. The record’s striking blend of sludgy weight, shoegaze textures, moody atmosphere and powerful sense of femininity presented something not often heard in the realm of doom. This previously untapped genre of ethereal doom rock needed to be explored and pushed further, and King Woman clearly recognized that. With their first proper full-length release, Created in the Image of Suffering, they unearth the full potential of their singular sound.
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Belgium’s Oathbreaker have announced a U.S. spring headlining run in support of their critically-acclaimed 2016 record, Rheia. The tour will extend from March 15 through April 9 and will see the band supported by King Woman, Khemmis, Sannhet and Jaye Jayle on select stops of the tour. The full itinerary can be found after the break.
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Bay Area ethereal doom rockers King Woman have announced the release of their debut full-length album, and follow-up to their well-received 2014 EP, Doubt. The new record, which was recorded with Jack Shirley (Oathbreaker, Deafheaven, et al) will be titled Created in the Image of Suffering and will be released on February 24 via Relapse Records. The album’s opening track, “Utopia”, can be streamed after the break.
The album’s artwork and track listing can also be found below.
Pre-order the record here.
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California’s Miserable – the doomy shoegaze solo project of Kristina Esfandiari (King Woman, etc) – recently premiered the official video for the track “Stay Cold”, which comes from the impending Uncontrollable LP, at CVLT Nation. Esfandiari says of the project in her own words:
“My friend Neil Davis and I collaborated on the video for ‘Stay Cold’ with two of our dear friends: Ethan White & Jordan Beswetherick. All Neil and I had on deck were a dozen roses.
This song also features Kyle Bates of drowse. One of my favorite musicians coming out of Portland right now. It was such a pleasure working with him.
In my own sentiment, this song is about having a powerful connection with someone, forgetting about time when you’re around them – though you can’t be together due to them dealing with loss, they aren’t in their right mind, it’s awful timing.
It’s about the one you love being emotionally stuck, numb, incapable of communicating emotions clearly. The bond is overwhelmingly real but ultimately you have to walk away from the situation very confused and heartbroken in order to keep your sanity intact.”
Check out the video after the break.
Uncontrollable will be released on April 29 via The Native Sound.
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King Woman‘s Kristina Esfandiari has released a new track from her shoegazing project, Miserable, at The Fader. The new track, which will be featured on the upcoming Uncontrollable LP, is titled “Violet” and features huge walls of swirling, metallic and melodic sound that are propelled by Esfandiari’s ethereal vocals. Esfandiari commented on the track:
“I wrote ‘Violet’ with my close friend Evan James (Far Away Places, Grey Zine),…’Violet’ is about being in the same friend group as someone you’ve had an intense falling out with and how shitty it feels when your friends constantly bring them up. It’s about reminiscing on how beautiful things were and how they’ve faded from your life. How vindictive people can be once you bruise their ego or hurt their heart. How quickly people turn on each other. Beneath all of the pain is longing for a mended friendship.”
Check out the track after the break.
Uncontrollable will be released on April 29 via Native Sound. Pre-order here.