Kings Destroy - 2013 - A Time of Hunting (Review)

Yep. We've said few words about their debut album on our blog before.
Now It's time to review the new one.

After a year of relative hiatus , despite  many gigs with  luminaries of doom and stoner scene the time has come for the NY doom outfit to shine with their sophomore effort "Time of Hunting". Three  years  have passed since the purveyors of New York hardcore scene made the first congregation  which resulted in the emergence of the depute LP "The Rest will surely Perish". The first album was more trad-doom oriented release, following the footsteps of Sabbath , Vitus and  others standing at the forefront of doom battleground. Some blamed the album for being to derivative and lacking the spirit of its own, while others praised  it for meticulous production and straightforward heaviness. Well, maybe there is a grain of truth in these claims as the album was recorded too fast since the band formation and may not have lived up to its potential simply due to the HC background of the founding members.  However, I truly enjoyed the band's debut effort , as it was just  a good piece of heavy doom with nothing to intrude upon the purity and heaviness of the sound. Still noticeably above the average and nice to listen to, "and the rest..." seems slightly rough and generic when you've got now "Time for Hunting" between your ears ! it can be now considered like just a little overview of the band's real potential and identity to come. 

What becomes noticeable from the first  chords,  is that two years of "hiatus" have brought the results for which we all are seeking. With incredibly  massive production, utilizing heaviness undertuned to  ferocious degree and adding somewhat raw impression to the sound, the band has crafted a potential nominee for the " heaviest shit  of the year". Indeed, the whole eight yards of the album are nearing perfection, and overall it appears that 5 NY friends have reached  the highest degree of excellence with "A time of Hunting".

The  overall tone of the album has become more darker, not only interns of sound, but also in terms of lyrics as Steve Murphy elaborates on burning issues of our decaying world.  The album still retains the heaviness and straightforwardness of the original,  however  occasionally leans towards  more prog-oriented  approach with rare bluesy solos protruding out of the massive riffage. The considerable development towards the70-s heavy rock patterns is also evident in several songs, and such rare throwbacks  perfectly blend with the ear-punishing doom riffage  prevailing throughout the album.

(Reviewed by Den)

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