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King 810 – La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God | Album Review

Metal’s angriest and most intimidating band returns with their sophomore record La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God. Check out what we thought of it here.

Source: Album artwork

Source: Album artwork

Two years ago, Roadrunner Records introduced us to King 810, who were billed to be metal’s most dangerous new band. Explosive stage shows, guns on stage and tales of murder are weaved throughout their history and now the Flint band are back with the surprisingly delicately named La Petite Mort or A Conversation with God.

Right from the offset, it’s business as usual. ‘Heavy Lies the Crown‘ is earth-shattering brutality in aural form; a flaming juggernaut armed with James Bond-style rocket launchers, but James Bond is actually a murderous psychopath intent of destruction. This is not your average album experience where you listen to it and get on with your day. This is an album that sets out to destroy you and your surroundings right where you are.

Lead single ‘Alpha & Omega‘ is a similarly brutish number and potentially the best track the band have made to date, aesthetically. But already, it becomes clear that any semblance of poetry that may have been perceived in the lyrics of their debut record Memoirs of a Murderer have faded. The lyrics begin to come across as lazy; what was shocking to hear on the last record is now oft-wearying. Constant references to living a tough life of crime in Michigan leads La Petite Mort… to feel like an hour-long misplaced brag about committing murder and GBH.

The closing quarter offers brief respite from the mean-mugging however, with ‘Wolves Run Together‘ and ‘Life’s Not Enough‘ taking a much softer approach and showcasing some novel and innovative ideas for the genre. Yet David Gunn cannot help but revert to repeated calls to “just kill’em” and we’re back to square one.

The spoken-word ‘Anatomy‘ tracks that added so much texture to their first album are gone, which is a shame, but Gunn’s vocal delivery is at its intense pinnacle on LPMoaCwG. A snarling, visceral performance that manages to complement both the unspeakably heavy opening songs and the intricate orchestral arrangements of album closer ‘A Conversation with God‘.

Overall, it would be foolish to say that La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God isn’t a well-structured album that displays outstanding growth and dynamism musically. But there comes a point when the lyrical content is so reinforced and so pedaled, the stories so outlandish and inaccessible, that it begins to feel gimmicky. Just like the band, this record will be divisive in the metal landscape. Some will love it, some will hate it. Not that they will give a flying fuck what you think.

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