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Kingnomad - The Great Nothing

The Great Nothing
by Eric Poulin at 25 September 2018, 11:32 AM

KINGNOMAD is a 70s style progressive/doom/stoner rock band based out of Sweden. They are currently signed to the Ripple Music label. This is their 2nd album released in the last 2 years and it is entitled “The Great Nothing”. It comprises 6 tracks and a total of 41:20 minutes of music.

“Cosmic Serpent” has that ultimate 1970s groove, and sounds like it came right out of drug-dealing flick of the same decade. It definitely possesses that unique fuzziness and texture we would expect from a retro band. Even the guitar solos sound like they were off a CREAM album. One very obvious comparison that can be made would be to 70s-retro contemporaries UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS, although the sound itself is much cleaner than the latter. The song has a very special change of pace around the mid-way point, that sounds like a cross between THE DOORS and CANDLEMASS.

“The Mysterious Agreement” opens with a movie dialogue snippet, which with a tinge of Hammond, transitions into some beautifully heavy guitars. While the sound is muffled, to keep that warm throwback sound alive and well, it still comes across as very heavy. The vocals have a bit more echo to them also this time around which adds a bit more depth.

“All Those Things” starts off with a very clean guitar sound and some very well played bass lines. The easiest way to describe this, if you have ever listened to the band WITCHCRAFT, their Swedish counterparts, you will know exactly what to expect, it is as close to an acid trip as you can get without getting high. There is some DAVID GILMOUR-like soloing in the background, some light guitar effects. The song just has a very soothing effect, it is simple and effective.

“Collapsing Pillars of the Earth” follows a different path as it plays on a slower bass and drum pace with palm-muted guitars. The influence of a band like THE BEATLES cannot be denied here, especially in the vocal delivery. This is the kind of the song that would have fit just nicely on the infamous White Album, released back in the 1960s. Again, these guys love to take us on a memory-lane trip through the sights and sounds of an era of strong imagery.

Last but not least, the album closer is a 21-minute journey, “The Great Nothing”, has another typical start, slower pace and lower volume, followed by a fade-in of different guitar riffs, nothing too complex, but they do vary a lot in style.  While the words progressive and doom at the root do sound completely opposite, here they definitely mingle together. This is a mix of PINK FLOYD, BLACK SABBATH and KYUSS. The comparison to the British legends of progressive rock here is very obvious with a nice dose of keyboards, something not used that much in the previous songs and it adds a different layer to the music. The solos also play an important role, while not being at the forefront; they show the level of musicianship these guys are capable of.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. The Yoga of Desolation
2. Cosmic Serpent
3. The Mysterious Agreement
4. All Those Things…
5. Collapsing Pillars of the Earth
6. The Great Nothing
Mr Jay
Record Label: Ripple Music


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