Friday, March 7, 2003 @ 5:42 PM
King's X Live at The Stone Pon
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REVIEW BY: Slam68
King's X played another great show at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. I swear that this is becoming like a micro Grateful Dead thang because people came from many miles away for this gig.
For those of you who don't know, The Stone Pony is a venue that holds around 1,000 people packed.The night started with a local band called Friends Of Bill Wilson. This band is a 3-piece that plays a nu-metal type of sound. Their guitarist/lead singer has the approach in his vocal delivery that goes from soft and slightly moody to the nu-metal scream and back again. The rhythm's were nice and crunchy and they sounded very tight.
Next up from Detroit was Zug Izland. Zug Izland is on tour with King's X and they are signed to Psychopathic Records, which is Insane Clown Posse's imprint. These guys are very diverse in their sound and have a cool look. They have the uniform thing going on ala Slipknot and
Mushroomhead. They were interesting, but unfortunately the audience was not responsive towards them.
Then I thought King's X was going to play. I was wrong. The next band to perform was a band called Hat Trick Of Misery. Let me tell you -- these guys flat out rocked!! A 5-piece band in the dual guitar, bass, drums, and lead singer hit the stage as if they were on a mission. Great energy and repore with the crowd. This band is from Asbury Park, NJ and they truly brought it on this night. High energy, relentless ass kicking music...reminiscent of NWOBHM meets the sounds of today's metal. The crowd loved them and were very loud after each song showering the band with applause. I picked up their demo, which they gave away. Excellent recording and the songs are very good. There is even a cover of "Parasite" by KISS on this demo.
Well now what you came to read about, The Almighty King's X!!!! The boy's came on at 11:45 and played until 2am. I was in heaven. The set opened up very mellow and worked its way up from there. These guys are like fine wine. It was amazing!! To watch truly gifted musician's in their element is such a treat. There were peaks and valley's in the set that hit you like waves it is truly an experience seeing King's X. Here is the set list:
Groove, Train, Little Bit Of Soul, Talk To You, Believe, Cigs, Static, Dog, It's Love,
The Big Picture, Johnny (new song), Vision's, Vegetable's, We Were Born To Be Loved, Jam with Doug on drums Jerry on guitar and Ty on bass, New Song (not sure of the title), and Over My Head.