I’m usually good for one metal album a year on my year-end “Best of” list. I never found that album in 2007 and had kind of written off the metal genre as a whole. Even the usually dependable Down wound up disappointing me . Now, just a few months into 2008 and I’ve given lots of metal a listen and have found a ton that I’m digging (and am positive I’ll LOVE the new Testament album when it drops in late April).
The two right off the top of my head that have slayed me so far are Kingdom of Sorrow’s self-titled sludgefest and Warbringer’s nostalgic take on ’80s Bay Area thrash (ala Slayer, Metallica, Testament, Exodus), War Without End.Â KOS features Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), Kirk Windstein (Down, Crowbar), Steve Gibb (Black Label Society), and Derek Kerswill (Seemless, Unearth) and sounds like exactly what I was hoping Down’s third album would sound like. Jasta’s got a bit more bark in his vocals than Phil Anselmo but I’ll be damned if this thing doesn’t reek of Pantera influence.
With all the other commitments these guys have, touring is going to be a bit difficult but they have announced a handful of dates with Type O Negative and Soil including:
5/9 – The Palladium – Worcester, MA
5/10 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
5/11 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
5/12 – The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY (KINGDOM OF SORROW headline show)
5/13 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
5/14 – Trocadero – Philly, PA
KOS’s first video should show up online pretty soon but for now you’ll have to make do with some fan footage from a live show.