King 810 has seen it all. From the violent and crime ridden streets of their home city of Flint Michigan, all the way to touring with Slipknot, Korn and Tech N9ne all around the world and they’ve taken their autobiographical album Memoirs of a Murderer to share with us all.
Even though they officially formed in December of 2007 in Flint, the members of King 810 David Gunn (Vocalist), Andrew Beal (Guitarist), Eugene Gill (Bassist) and Andrew Workman (Drummer) had been playing for a while before hand and had already gained many loyal fans. After years of working the metal scenes and building their notoriety it all finally paid off when they were approached and signed by Roadrunner Records, which eventually lead to the release of their debut studio album Memoirs of a Murderer.
What hit the world on the 18th of August 2014 was heavy metal poetry and an emotional journey into the very souls of the band, telling the rough story of life in Flint MI as seen by the four men. ‘Killem All’ sets the tone of the record immediately with its heavy riffs and dark lyrics, when asked what the song was about David Gunn responded “It’s just trying to be a true representation of where we came”. While musically influenced by Korn and Slipknot, King 810 refuses to be pigeon holed into a single genre, as shown in ‘Take it’ which is a slowed down acoustic tune with clean vocals with almost a folk feel. While ‘Fat Around the Heart’ kicks it back up a notch with its anger and aggression, definitely a blood pumper. While I could go on about every track since they are all amazing, I have to mention ‘Write About Us’ since it’s the one that tugs on the heartstrings as David Gunn lists stories of friends and acquaintances, keeping their memories alive.
King 810 was introduced to me by fellow Ronon’s Reviews writer Derek AKA Norman Voorhees and I’m still thanking him for that. They have quickly become one of my favourite go to bands when I need something to listen to. While researching them for this piece I even learned that they still care for their home city by releasing the single ‘We Gotta Help Ourselves’ to raise both money and awareness for the toxic water crisis of Flint Michigan, as well as teaming up with a local Flint clothing store to create unique T-shirts where all proceeds go to Flint Child & Health and Development Fund. Those two acts of charity alone really blew these guys up in my mind and given they melded the sounds of two of my all-time favourite bands (Korn and Slipknot) to create their own version which is awesome and really sold them to me. Even though King 810 is only just starting out in the music world they’ve already made headlines and shock waves, I suggest you keep an eye on these guys as I see them being the next big metal thing.
Written by Dan Harlond
With no release that really stood out for me last week I finally got to write about this amazing and talented group and share them with you guys. Once again there isn’t much out at the moment so next week will be one of our anniversary pieces (I won’t say who just yet), also Mag’s latest film review on Wednesday and a new category will be unveiled next weekend, yes thats right another one, so far we have music, films and books, can anyone guess whats coming next D.H.