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Monday, 30 April 2018

The Ugly Kings “Darkness Is My Home” 2018 Australia Hard Rock,Blues Rock,Stoner


The Ugly Kings “Darkness Is My Home” 2018 Australia Hard Rock,Blues Rock,Stoner
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Melbourne rockers The Ugly Kings are all set to drop their highly anticipated debut album, Darkness Is My Home, on Friday, April 13 via German label Kozmik Artifactz. 
The band have just released a very tasty video for the albums first single, Promised Land.

‘Promised Land is about the false promises that are preached to us by the charlatans of our society (politicians, big business, etc…). It’s about the pipe dream they sell us to keep us in servitude to the 1%, to keep us slaves to the dollar and material things. There is nothing at the top of the ladder, except another ladder. The Promised Land isn’t the destination we get sold, it’s inside of us.’ – The Ugly Kings….~



The Ugly Kings, featuring Devil Electric guitarist, Christos Athanasias, are four powerhouse blues rockers drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background. They offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. Their catchy riffs and foot stomping rhythm lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals. 

The Ugly Kings have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour in January 2017 with great reviews and Airbourne’s main man Joel O’Keefe saying of the band; 
“Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power.”. 

They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on their first Australia headline side-show in Melbourne during the Black Sabbath ‘The End’ World Tour & were asked directly by Papa Roach to open for them on both their Melbourne shows in January this year. 

The Ugly Kings are Russel Clark (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitar), Nicolas Dumont (Bass) and Andy Alkemade (Drums) The Ugly Kings are for fans of The Doors, Jack White, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Rival Sons. …..~


The Ugly Kings are four powerhouse blues rockers, Russel Clark (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitar), Nicolas Dumont (Bass) and Andy Alkemade (Drums), drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background. They have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour in January 2017 with great reviews and Airbourne’s main man Joel O’Keefe saying of the band; “Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power.”. 
They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on their first Australia headline side-show in Melbourne & were asked directly by Papa Roach to open for them on both their Melbourne shows in January this year.THE UGLY KINGS offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. Their unique catchy, melodic, groove driven, foot stomping rhythm and riffs lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals. 
Having one mini-album under their belt already as well as having a full length album and single ready to be released on the Kozmik Artifactz label, they also boast an impressive collection of shows and performances for a young band…..~


“What they delivered was something that I was not ready for. A sound that is almost indescribable. It’s as if a mash up of all my favorite artists had been put into a blender and formed this delicious “power sludge bluesy stoner rock”. Elements of the classics such as Zep, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sabbath, Danzig and a touch of Bowie were mixed in with the modern sounds of The White Stripes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kylesa & Wolfmother. I was in heaven!” 
Rogue, Inc. …~


“Loud, heavy, slightly-sludgy classic rock meets blues with a modern bend, played by a band that swaggered about the stage with a distinct, but subtle, air of cool. By the end, Sydney was more than happy to learn words on the fly and sing along when the front man held his mic over the mosh. The Ugly Kings are well-versed in the art of restraint, they know when to move and make the crowd get on their feet, and when to step back and let the music do the talking.” …~


It’s been a while since the dirty fuzz is back in the mainstream rock vocabulary. Between the stoner, the psyche, the desert rock and so on, the aesthetics of the big dirty groove and the big muff saturation in blues rhythms has made its way. And that’s exactly what The Ugly Kings offers us with this opus. For those lacking big rock in vintage American fashion, it may well be that you find your happiness. Double bonus if you like beards. 

The aesthetics of the disc is marked: a dirty blues rock, centered on riffs more than on solos, with big drums that support square grooves. From this point of view, “ Black Widow ” gives a good overview of the dominant style of the disc: crunchy bass, marked drums, fuzzy riff mid-QOTSA mi-Volbeat. The same could be said of “Love Enemy”, which unfolds its purpose effectively but without real surprises - we even find the line of lead guitar quite uninspired. To tell the truth, one could say the same of the rest of the album: the group proposes a music with clear stakes, but takes only very few risks. As usual, this is left to the appreciation of the listener: if you are rather conservative hard rock level and the stubborn rhythms with a fairly clean instrumental section (“ Raging Bull ”) you like, you will be in Allied territory. 

Let us render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, the disc is not exactly monotonous. There is sometimes in the riffs something of Deep Purple in the way the sentences are chiseled, again in “ Raging Bull ” by the way, or in “ ” Little Birdy Told Me “, where we feel that The Ugly Kings is not a monomaniac group and tries to draw from different sources of inspiration - is there not a little Led Zep in ” The Promised Land “, the single of the disc, who opens the album? A little. And then the arrangements of this piece are not flat, the group tries to bring relief. Same for ” The Fire “, the slow-burner at the back of the pack, the longest piece of the album, or The Ugly Kings is engaged in slightly more psychedelic tendencies. ” Killing Time “ begins with a more pop idea, a guitar-voice interaction that is closer to Oasis than Clutch. But the piece remains static and struggles to take off. 

Since we are talking about surprises reserved by the album, we can not hide the recovery of ” Lazarus “ Bowie. Already, because David Bowie embodies an aesthetic at once more British and androgynous where the Ugly Kings have a more virile pose and American. Then because ” Lazarus “, Blackstar’s single, is not really part of the classic Bowien canon - ” Life on Mars “, ” Space Oddity “, ” Heroes “ … But the choice is Happy: ” Lazarus “ is indeed a heavy piece of meaning and pathos that The Ugly Kings handles with success, making the percussion sharper and the talk obviously more rock. One regrets all the same that precisely, it did not make this piece even heavier, with more layers of sound, more noises, more brothel, especially that when the first chords resound, one feels immediately that there is ambition - but where the guitar couplet spill into a reverb steel, we stop at power chords without much impact. 

In fact, this is a criticism that could be generalized to the album: if The Ugly Kings have the heel, their production is still a bit wise, and their rock is quite clean enough for a group whose influences seem to be the dusty blues (” You and Me “) and the big rock to the desires of stoner more recent, but always vintage in the fuzzy spirit. An album more than adequate, but which adds to a long list of exercises in style, and that leaves a little as it came….~ 


Australian Guitar 
“It’s not often you see a band have the crowd so excited and receptive by the second song in the way The Ugly Kings do with such an original sound. Only to be described as The Ugly Kings! ….~



Russell Clark - Vocals 
Christos Athanasias - Guitar 
Nicolas Dumont - Bass 
John Candy Alkemade - Drums


Tracklist 
A1 Promised Land
A2 Black Widow
A3 Raging Bull
A4 Killing Time
A5 Love Enemy
B1 You & Me
B2 Lazarus
B3 Little Birdy
B4 The Fire 

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