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King's X

King's X is a critically acclaimed American hard rock band formed in 1980. Consisting of Doug Pinnick (who also uses themoniker"Dug")on bass and vocals, Ty Tabor on guitar and vocals, and Jerry Gaskill on drums and backing vocals, the powertrio, quickly gained aname forthemselves for their Beatles-inspired vocal harmonies, incorporating funk and grunge intoprogressive metal, their incrediblemusicianship,and their incredible live shows. Originally a Christian rock outfit, King's Xgradually evolved into a more secular-oriented band beforetherelease of their first album. However, Christianity ...read more

King's X is a critically acclaimed American hard rock band formed in 1980. Consisting of Doug Pinnick (who also uses themoniker"Dug")on bass and vocals, Ty Tabor on guitar and vocals, and Jerry Gaskill on drums and backing vocals, the powertrio, quickly gained aname forthemselves for their Beatles-inspired vocal harmonies, incorporating funk and grunge intoprogressive metal, their incrediblemusicianship,and their incredible live shows. Originally a Christian rock outfit, King's Xgradually evolved into a more secular-oriented band beforetherelease of their first album. However, Christianity does play alarge part in their lyrics, with each of the members often writing abouttheirstruggles with faith as well as self. acceptance(particularly since Pinnick came out of the closet in 1998).

After years of touring, King's X released their debut album, Out of the Silent Planet in 1988, beginning a string ofcriticallypraisedalbum that lasted until 1994's Dogman. However, the group never attained commercial success and,when the flop EarCandyfailed to capitalize on a lauded appearance at Woodstock '94, Atlantic dropped them from thelabel. Finally free of the pressures of amajorlabel, King's X joined Metal Blade and began releasing a number of moreexperimental records such as Please Come Home...Mr.Bulbous and Manic Moonlight. 2005's Ogre Tones sawthe band switching labels to InsideOut and returning to themorestraightforward sound of their earlier releases and was hailedas one of their finest albums. In 2008, King's X released their latestalbum,XV, which featured more of their classicsound.

Though they've never been popular, King's X are widely regarded amongst the hard rock and metal underground as one ofthegreatest bandsaround, as evidenced by their place on VH1's Greatest Artists of Hard Rock at #83, which was voted uponby a group of popularhard rockartists and critics.
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