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KING'S X is a hard rock/heavy metal trio consisting of Dug PINNICK on bass guitar and lead vocals, Ty TABOR on lead guitar, and Jerry GASKILL on drums. In the late 70's, Dug PINNICK and Jerry GASKILL toured together in the Christian rock band Petra. The two of them met up with Ty TABOR in 1980 and began playing together as a band. After 8 years, a couple of name changes, and a change of location from Missouri to Katy, Texas in 1985, KING'S X received their big break in 1987 when ZZ Top video producer Sam Taylor helped them secure a recording contract with New York's Megaforce label. The Texas scene at the time included fellow metal bands GALACTIC COWBOYS, ATOMIC OPERA, and WATCHTOWER. They released their debut album "Out of the Silent Planet" (1988) on the Megaforce label. They followed this up the following year with "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" (1989), which included their anthemic song "Over My Head". They released their third album "Faith Hope Love" (1990), which included the Beatles-sounding Ty Tabor sung track "It's Love", which received much radio and video airplay. Their 4th release, the self-titled "King's X" (1992) was their first album released on Atlantic Records without the Megaforce label. During this time however, the band members had a falling out with their manager, Sam Taylor. KING'S X released two more albums, "Dogman" (1994) and "Ear Candy" (1996), on Atlantic Records before leaving the label and it was rumored at the time ending their career.

Two years later, KING'S X resurfaced on the Metal Blade label and released their 7th studio album "Tapehead". Their partnership with Metal Blade has also seen the release of "Please Come Home.Mr. Bulbous" (2000), "Manic Moonlight" (2001), and "Black Like Sunday" (2003). In addition to these studio albums, they also released their first live album "Live All Over the Place" (2004). Their two most recent albums "Ogre Tones" (2005) and "XV" (2008) have been released on the Inside Out Music label.

Somewhat amazingly, the three band members have stayed the same throughout their career. In addition to their work with KING'S X, each member has released at least one solo album. Dug PINNICK has participated in multiple side projects such as POUNDHOUND, SUPERSHINE, and THE MOB. Ty TABOR has also participated in multiple side projects such as JUGHEAD, THE JELLY JAM, and PLATYPUS.

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4.05 | 69 ratings
Out Of The Silent Planet
1988
4.08 | 95 ratings
Gretchen Goes To Nebraska
1989
4.14 | 72 ratings
Faith Hope Love
1990
3.61 | 49 ratings
King's X
1992
4.01 | 62 ratings
Dogman
1994
3.22 | 39 ratings
Ear Candy
1996
2.73 | 37 ratings
Tape Head
1998
2.58 | 34 ratings
Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous
2000
2.24 | 30 ratings
Manic Moonlight
2001
2.26 | 31 ratings
Black Like Sunday
2003
3.65 | 35 ratings
Ogre Tones
2005
3.51 | 42 ratings
XV
2008

KING'S X Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Live And Live Some More: Dallas '94
1994
3.70 | 10 ratings
Live All Over The Place
2004
3.50 | 6 ratings
Tales From The Empire: Cleveland 6.26.92
2009
2.83 | 13 ratings
Live Love In London
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
Burning Down Boston: Live At The Channel
2012

KING'S X Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 4 ratings
Live Love In London
2010

KING'S X Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.50 | 8 ratings
Best of King's X
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Safety/Come Somewhere
2006

KING'S X Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Sneak Preview
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rehearsal Cd Vol. 1
2005
2.00 | 1 ratings
Dogman Demos
2005

KING'S X Reviews


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 Gretchen Goes To Nebraska by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.08 | 95 ratings

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Review by The Crow
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4 stars King's X consolidated their sound and status with this very good second effort!

In my opinion this album does not reach the outstanding song writing levels of their debut, but it sounds better and the band is even more consolidated than before. And more varied too, because they increased the progressiveness of the songs and they also incorporated some new-age and psychedelic elements.

The production is a bit strange, because it not really homogeneous. Some tracks just sound different, and I'm not talking about the style, just the production. I don't know if it's deliberated, but strange nonetheless.

Out of the Silent Planet is a surprising mid-tempo with a psychedelic interlude and even sitar on it, with some kind of weak sounding guitars and Ty Tybor on vocals. And Over My Head, on the contrary, contains some incredible guitars and very original riffs, making this track on of King's X finest. A real classic!

Summerland starts with some mellow guitars which automatically bring Goldilox to mind. But this track is harder and more intense, despite being not so good. Pinnick's voice is also different on this album. His singing is higher pitched and rough this time, and I prefer his style on King's X debut which was more gospel oriented. Just my personal taste! And don't take me wrong? His voice is still incredible here.

Everybody Knows a Little Bit of Something is a more typical hard rock track, with some nice riffing and great bass lines at the verses. The chorus is a bit repetitive, but the song is still pretty good, specially the instrumental section and the solos. The Difference is a mellow acoustic track with Ty Tybor again on the vocals, who sings great vocal melodies this time. But the guitars are even better! Splendid track.

I'll Never be the Same is another hard rock mixed with some prog elements and another very good solo, just like Mission, a song which talks subtly about religion. Fall on Me follows the same path. Just good hard rock with splendid musicianship and some experimental elements towards the end.

Pleiades is another slower song with Ty Tybor on vocals, also in the style of the hit Goldilox at the beginning, but harder and more progressive after that. Don't Believe It is another competent hard rock song with fine choirs which will appeal to Extreme fans, and Send A Message is a very catchy tune with great verses, funky elements and funny lyrics wonderfully interpreted by Doug Pinnick.

The Burning Down has also Ty Tabor on leads vocals, and it has some incredible guitar melodies. The final part is just a little masterpiece with some new age influences and flutes on it. What a good way to give to end this album!

Conclusion: Gretchen Goes to Nebraska is not as cohesive as Out of the Silent Planet, and sometimes is even too long and repetitive. But it contains a lot of great songs and very innovative ideas, making it a very interesting listening for every prog rock and hard rock fan.

I still honestly prefer their debut, but that's just my personal taste because from an objective point of view this second effort is just as good, if not better. Strongly recommended!

Best Tracks: Over my Head, Summerland, The Difference, Pleiades, Send a Message, The Burning Down.

My rating: ****, rounded up to four stars.

 Out Of The Silent Planet by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.05 | 69 ratings

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Review by The Crow
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4 stars After almost 30 years after its release, Out of the Silent Planet still sounds fresh and surprising!

King's X are not strictly progressive. They are an alternative hard rock band from the end 80's which decided to mix their Rush and progressive influences with a strong song-oriented songwriting, a bit commercial but complex enough to appeal the prog fans. It's like Saga meets Rush but with a touch of grunge and alternative rock in the vein of Pixies or Sonic Youth. That makes the sound of King's X kind of unique and interesting.

The sound is the album is also pretty good, with emphasis on the strong Ty Tabor guitars and the outstanding voice of Doug Pinnick, one of the best prog singers of all time in my opinion. Jerry Gaskill is also solid on his drums, making King's X a true power trio in the best tradition of the mentioned Rush.

Out of the Silent Planet opens with In the New Age, a powerful and modern song with great guitar sound making a very good alternative hard rock tune. But Goldilox is even better with its great lyrics and the impressive vocals from Pinnick. A mellow and catchy song, and a real King's X classic. Power of Love is a bit more conventional, typical hard rock from the 80's very well sung.

Wonder is maybe the lowest point of the album, despite its good chorus. Just too repetitive! But the album gets better with Sometimes, funnier and with another good chorus. King is even better with its distorted bass line and good choirs, while What is this? offers interesting psychedelic voices together with an impressive singing on the choir.

Far, Far Away is the most progressive track of the album and one of my favorites. Great guitar melodies! A song which influenced in the progressive sound of the 90's. Shot of Love remembers me to the best Extreme with its vocal melodies, and it has surprising folk melodies in its riffs. Visions is a mid-tempo with an accelerated final section, leaving a very good impression.

Conclusion: Out of the Silent Planet supposed a great debut for King's X. A band which sounded just great despite its youth, with powerful guitars, an impressive voice talent who also plays bass pretty well, together with a strong drummer. This album is a very stimulating mixture of hard rock, alternative rock and some prog elements, with full of splendid songs, catchy chorus and great songwriting. Recommended!

Best Tracks: In the New Age, Goldilox, King, Far Far Away.

My rating: ****

 Out Of The Silent Planet by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1988
4.05 | 69 ratings

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Review by siLLy puPPy
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4 stars KING'S X seemingly came out of nowhere in 1988 with their debut album OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET melding progressive metal with funk and soul in midst of the sea of glam metal, dance pop and corporate controlled MTV. The band has consisted of the same three members since its inception in Springfield, MO all the way back in 1980 and despite never reaching extreme heights in their success have been cited as a major influence in the alternative rock that would dominate the 90s and to this day have a very loyal following. The band actually started when bassist and vocalist Doug Pinnick and drummer Jerry Gaskill were brought together by Greg Volz of the Christian rock band Petra to do a project. Guitarist Ty Tabor met them at one of the gigs, they hit if off and the rest is history. Although the lyrics tend to be based on spiritual themes and the group makes no secret that they are Christians they nonetheless reject the Christian rock band label.

OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET is one of my favorite releases by KING'S X along with the following three. Starting with the first track 'In The New Age' we get a new age intro that shrouds and obfuscates the band's true sound until the grungy alternative rock guitar finally breaks in and dominates the soundscape. All of the songs are catchy and edgy at the same time. There is a subdued funkiness to the bass that is totally independent of the dirty guitar sounds and there's a pseudo-sloppiness that is held together in some strange way that gives them a rather unique sound. Also on board are the famous harmonizing vocals between all three members with Doug Pinnick belting out some strong lead vocals that are often personal and often dark but always ultimately uplifting lyrics.

Like all really good power trios, KING'S X makes the most out of their three instruments and contributing vocals. Despite their music not being significantly different from other hard rock and alternative bands, there's something about it that is distinctly KING'S X. The catchy songs are simply infectious and the band's ability to mix distinct tones, rhythms and atmosphere give them a very unique sound. The harmonizing vocals, down tuned guitar and bass create some interesting dynamics. I find this a very strong debut with very few weak tracks like 'Power Of Love' which was obviously a hopeful radio friendly potential hit that never came to be.

 Gretchen Goes To Nebraska by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.08 | 95 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars For me, this album is a big fat pile of I Don't Get It. I find the production lukewarm, the performances uninspiring, and the overall aesthetic and atmosphere insipid and irritating. A few attempts here and there at Beatles-like vocal harmonies don't amount to much; nor does an attempt to make the guitars sound a little like sitars. And when the band do attempt to rock out, it just sounds like ugly 80s hair metal. On the balance, the album exhibits everything I find distasteful about hard rock and is perhaps one of the most deeply uninteresting musical experiences I have ever endured.
 Ogre Tones by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.65 | 35 ratings

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Ogre Tones" is the 11th full-length studio album by US hard rock/alternative rock act King's X. The album was released through InsideOut Music in September 2005. It's the band's first album released through InsideOut Music after a longer collaboration with Metal Blade Records.

The music on "Ogre Tones" is hard rock/alternative rock delivered by a very skilled trio of musicians. The sound production is professional, clean and polished. The tracks are very simple vers/chorus structured and the band's reputation as a progressive rock act doesn't shine through on this album. Most of the tracks on the album are around 3 minutes long and feature hook laden choruses with lots of mainstream appeal. It's not often it happens, but when the band decide to rock out, they are actually able to conjure up some really nice hard rocking grooves, but it doesn't happen enough. Most of the tracks are more sweet and polished pop/rock material with some really nice harmony vocal arrangements, and to my ears the album end up a rather tame affair.

Of course the excellent musicianship, the professional sound production and songwriting craftsmanship that should make most musicians green with envy, are all features that secure a quality stamp and a 3 star (60%) rating. A bit more bite would have suited the album though.

 Gretchen Goes To Nebraska by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.08 | 95 ratings

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Review by obiter
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4 stars How to review an album with almost a zillion songs... well 12 How do you describe that sound and feel that you jsut know when it's Floyd or Genesis of Yes. Well, I suppose that's one of the tihings with King's X. Their sound is so distinctive. Bass I can't find a comrator. The guitar at times reminds me of Simple Minds or Rush or ... well whatever ..

The vocals .. well that's simply Pinnick although if you search Goldilox on youtube you;ll find the crowd filling in competely.

I think this is a great album but it's not essential: Faith Hope Love is. And, I suppose once you listen to Faith Hope Love you think this album is needed. That's how I did it. This is a band that creeps on you. Start with FHL and then the rest follow.

Pleiades, the difference and out of the silent plant are great, surely enough to justify purchasing the album but merely a hin of what FHL has in store.

Enjoy.

 Tape Head by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.73 | 37 ratings

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Review by speak

1 stars Just buy the download of the first track "Groove Machine", it's King's X at their very best. Sadly it stops there and the rest of the Cd is just a waste of space. The end of the Major contract didn't do well for KIng's X who released their worst record yet! It was definitely strange, I wouldn't expect them to lose the plot so abruptly after the good new stuff they added at the end of the Greatest Hits. I didn't know then but it was the beginning of a dry spell that would end only almost a decade later!
 Faith Hope Love by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.14 | 72 ratings

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Review by speak

5 stars For me this is the best King's X album; it still sports the classic sound, i.e. great melodies reminiscent the Beatles mixed with '70 hard rock, but a bit more radio friendly this time. In fact this was their best shot at fame, still ranking as the most successful release they ever had. It contains also their most popular single: the outstanding "It's Love". It take just a few spins to be fully aware that the Cd is full of high points and, to my hears, no weaknesses. Moanjam is still one of the highlights of their live outings and you can find it here in all its 'studio' glory. An ideal starting point, then go backwards. Dogman may be good but it's a too radical departure from the classic King's X sound I'm so fond of...
 Live Love In London by KING'S X album cover Live, 2010
2.83 | 13 ratings

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Live Love In London
King's X Prog Related

Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A cool night, good show!

The first time, or maybe the first couple of times I listened to it, I was not that enthusiastic and actually I felt bored after half an hour, but fortunately I've given it more spins and now I can say I enjoy most of the concert. King's X are a cool hard rock trio with some prog rock connections (limited I would say, but connections anyway) who have been together since the eighties and have released a considerable amount of albums. Now that I review I must admit my only reference before listening to this live show was their 'Gretchen goes to Nebraska' album, which is pretty good, but honestly I was not that attracted by this band.

When I got this digital promo my knowledge regarding the band was almost inexistent, then I realized that the most of the songs performed here are well known pieces and favorites of their audience (because they have a huge amount of followers,, as I've seen) and cover practically all their discography, with songs from their debut album such as 'Goldilox', to some of their latest release, like 'Pray'.

So 'Live Love in London' is a double CD album performed in the 2009, but released last year (2010) with a total time of almost two hours; a show that their fans surely enjoyed. This time I will not review song by song, It would take me ages to finish and I would bore the readers, so I will limit to talk about my favorite (and not that favorite) moments of the concert.

In the first CD I like the power and feeling of some hard rock songs such as 'Alright', 'Move' and 'Pray'. The voice of Doug Pinnick is good in spite of his sixty years, however I believe in moments his voice sounds tired and not as great as in his best years, but that's understandable. There are some good riffs by Ty Tabbor, and also a couple of songs he sings, which sound great. However some songs such as 'Black Flag' sound like fillers, or well, I simply don't like them.

In the second CD, a long version of 'Over my Head' appears, with Doug saying a speech about the church of music, not that I like that, but it moved the crowd and made them scream louder. The classic 'Goldilox' sang by the audience is a nice experience, I actually love when the fans sing with all their souls, because they transmit a lot of things, and put smiles over the musician's faces. The last song is 'Moanjam' which I really enjoy, the instrumental jam is exquisite and it lights on the rock power that rests in our soul.

After all, I finished liking this concert, despite I did not dig it at first; however I believe it is just a cool show which can be loved by King's X and hard rock fans. For progressive rock fans I think this is not really what would make us happy, but it can bring us some nice moments anyway. My final grade will be three stars, though I must admit I was tempted to rate it with two, since I believe it is mostly for the band's admirers.

Enjoy it!

 Live Love In London by KING'S X album cover Live, 2010
2.83 | 13 ratings

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Live Love In London
King's X Prog Related

Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Live Love In London' - King's X (4/10)

A band that has no doubt stood the test of time, all the while maintaining a highly loyal fanbase, there's no denying that American groove rock act King's X has what it takes to make it in the music world. As a very casual listener of the band, I had grown a meager appreciation for their eclectic, distinct style and a handful of the songs I had heard, but until listening to the band's double disc live album 'Live Love In London,' I had little experience listening to this group, and therefore little preconception as to what I would hear on it. While I can certainly see King's X's performance here being an enjoyable ordeal for an existing fan, some questionable recording value, a generally unremarkable performance and some fairly inconsistent song quality makes 'Live Love In London' a pretty mediocre, if functional live release from this band.

The vast majority of the songs picked for 'Live Love' take the shape of groovy, riff-based hard rockers, mostly led by the gospel-derived vocals of frontman Doug Pinnick. With your typical live album opening of crowd ambiance and cheering, 'Groove Machine' kicks in, and instantly gives a general impression of what a good three quarters of the two discs is comprised of; some basic, but interesting grooves, some minor improvisations here and there, and the bluesy vocals of Pinnick driving the melody along. While the songwriting here (and on many of the other songs listed here) are quite good, the live performance does not feel as if it adds anything to the original recorded versions of the songs, which- to me- is what a live album should be all about.

In terms of the band's performance here, the vocal work of Pinnick can take some getting used to, but it's clear after a few tracks that he has a powerful voice that he knows how to use well. Better still are the vocals of Ty Tabor which pop up in a few songs, which while aren't as booming as Pinnick's, feel as if they have a wider emotional range, as is well- shown on the first disc's highlight 'Pleiades'. Instrumentally, the real star is Tabor, whose rocking solos are one of the album's biggest saving graces.

While the first disc is pretty basic and doesn't offer much more than the typical funk/groove hard rock songwriting of King's X, things do start getting more interesting with the second half of 'Live Love.' The cornerstone of disc two is certainly the jam-based piece 'Over My Head,' which finally shows the band taking advantage of the live milieu, and letting loose for a while. While the track begins as a pretty typical piece of funk rock, the track begins to break down into some more solo-based improvisation, finally culminating in a passionate speech from Doug Pinnick concerning music, it's power, and how much it truly means to him. While I'm not a King's X fan, it's hard not to be moved by the voice of sincerity in the words, and the absolutely wild crowd reaction that his oratory provides, as if Pinnick was speaking to each person in the arena individually. The other highlight on the second disc is 'Goldilox,' which again shows the potential for magic in live performance; this time around, it is the entire audience that sings the lyrics from start to finish! These moments of hope in 'Live Love' are quite sparse however, being interspersed amidst plenty of unmentionable tracks that would be better listened to as a studio recording any day.

One of the other issues 'Live Love' suffers from is the production. While you can hear each musician and the audience, the mixing here is pretty poorly executed. The vocals and rhythm guitar sections unfortunately tune out much of the bass and drum work, and the entire thing is pretty muddy in the way it sounds. Once or twice, some tracks cut out almost entirely, only to return a few seconds later. Even if the performance here was exemplary, a bad production and recording of a concert can spell instant death for a live album.

'Live Love In London' is clearly an album meant to cater to the very fans that have kept King's X going for so long. However, it is far too flawed to be worth much more than the small handful of standout moments the performance here lends.

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