East Anglia’s monolithic metallers, The King Is Blind, have been summoned to carry the torch for a new generation of extreme music. Emerging from the deepest black as the first signing in over a decade from the resurrected, genre-defining coven that is Cacophonous Records, the band recently announced their monstrously ambitious debut full-length album, Our Father, for release on January 29th.
The King Is Blind are summoning all dark entities to their exclusive album launch show. Taking place at London’s Black Heart on January 31st, the band will loosen the shackles on Our Father for the first time in a live vista. Tickets at this location.
Our Father tracklisting:
“Fragility Becomes Wrath”
“…For All The Daemons Are Here”
A dark and involved concept album, Our Father follows 2014’s The Deficiencies Of Man EP. The record houses the familiar story of Satan, with a narrative focus going beyond what has previously been covered in literature and music to date. Working with interpretations of the Bible, and John Milton’s 17th Century epics Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained, the album depicts Satan as the first son and creation of God – with a focus on their close relationship over millennia. Satan conceives the idea of ‘Man’ (Adam) as a gift to God out of praise and love. God is immediately enraptured, loving Man unconditionally and going so far as to create a companion (Eve) for him. God becomes so transfixed by Man that he creates a further being, Christ, to be his representative on Earth. All this time, Satan remains overlooked, replaced by his gift to God, and his jealously and rage causes Sin to be born. And so the story of Our Father begins…
“We agreed early on that not only would anything we worked on have to be of the highest quality musically, it would also need to have depth. Our Father isn’t simply about Satan vs God, or taking sides – it had to translate to give meaning to people. Highlighting inherent hypocrisies; how God is forgiveness but is also the deadly sin “Wrath”, going so far as wiping out mankind twice in the Bible. Satan is also wracked with inconsistencies in his thoughts and choices. This concept transcends to be applicable to society, modern global and national politics, religion in general – not just Catholicism; oppressive states, bullying; it covers it all, all the way through to daily life.
“Let’s be clear. It is not anti-Christian. It is not anti-religion. It is definitely not anti-faith. Our Father is against how people use religion as a banner and a mask to commit atrocities. We are pro-equality and pro-diversity, we stand against oppression and division. This album is a release of frustration towards the things that are too big for us, individually, to change.” – Stephen John Tovey, Vocals
The King Is Blind boast an impressive heritage, with members drawing from a wealth of experience in Cradle Of Filth, New Model Army, Extreme Noise Terror, and Entwined. Fresh from a bludgeoning performance at last weekend’s Damnation Festival, and their recent UK run with Winterfylleth, the band hold an impressive set of notches on the touring post, including Temples, HammerFest and Bloodstock festivals, alongside support to Fen. The band are pencilling in further dates for early 2016 which will be announced soon.
Armed with a relentlessly brutal masterpiece, Our Fathe ris set to mark The King Is Blind as the obelisk for the UK on the extreme music map.
Stephen John Tovey – Vocals
Lee James Appleton – Guitars
Paul Alan Ryan-Reader – Guitars
Ceri Monger – Bass
Barnaby Joseph Monger – Drums