A hot poker against the copious veins of metal, Kingsmen‘s full-length debut, ‘Revenge. Forgiveness. Recovery.’, comes forth to great expectations.
While the record is short and striking throughout its ten-track lifespan, this release is viciously palatable, and a shunting addition to an already accomplished genre.
‘Until I’ve Departed’ is tart upon arrival, fleshing guttural screams (Tanner Guimond) and knee-jerking punk beats (Michael Perrotta) tightly over stacked bones of crushing assurance. This introduction is undoubtedly a confident one, an exposition so pungent that you can see its bloodied fist protruding triumphantly from the rubble of Kingsmen‘s sparse discography. This is the kind of power that the Rhode Island outfit will be hailed victorious for.
While some feats on this release scutter to melodic, rich territories, the likes of ‘Tipping The Scales’ and ‘Oppressor’ tear chests clear in two, bellowing resonant screams right into the lungs of listeners, redefining existence and powering armies. Granted, its instrumental structure is similar to that of frequented metalcore conventions, but as Tim Lucier‘s guitar cackles behind the stabs, entrancement overrules criticism.
Musically, ‘Pleasure In Vengeance’ verges on lighter, punk grounds, with dissonant notes preceding scratchy, coarse vocal deliveries. It takes a lot for a track of this grimy calibre to be considered diluted among a release, but harmony-driven backing vocals and whispered portions cleanse its duration and it stands, limper against its competitors.
Including a purely instrumental track is a bold move for a band with Kingsmen‘s infant four-year existence. While arguably a strange stylistic decision, their confidence in this album is relentless. ‘Relapse’ is the shortest track of the ten, a hauntingly eerie stance in respect of its title. Somehow, it fits. It’s cleansing.
‘Death Of The Sixth’ doesn’t ricochet, all guns blazing, before the dew of ‘Relapse’ cools out. It begins gracefully in succession of the interlude, bearing greater appreciation for its heavier limbs later on.
In being the final track, ‘Death Of The Sixth’ is tasteful, stapling everything the band has to give in a final offering of crushing bass (Adam Bakelman) and tar-boiled vocals. As is the rest of the album, it’s brutal and raw, and a clear reflection of Kingsmen‘s unadulterated fervour.