King 810
La Petite Mort or a Conversation With God


2.0
poor

Review

by Simon STAFF
September 16th, 2016 | 107 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I make your insides shift, that is my gift.

Here we go again. The internal buzz from the metal community for these guys seems to have subsided somewhat now the release of their diabolical debut, Memoirs of a Murderer, has had time to reflect on the fans that loved it, and gave me a chance to wash the bad taste in my mouth. As you can tell, Memoirs of a Murderer did little for me: the overdramatic theatrics from frontman David Gunn, who's selling point is that he was in prison, and is one hard motherfu*ker on the streets, is just one of the reasons the band do little for me; as well as the mind-numbingly obvious jabs at shock-factor; topped off with the shameless plagiarization off Slipknot's early NU-metal sound did King 810 little favours. But even if you take the tired sound and antics out of the equation, you could overlook this and enjoy them for what they are; many bands fall in the same traps, and the band's heavy use of the NU-metal ethos could have been something I'd enjoy. But ultimately, no, I don't, and the reason I can't stomach a band like King 810 is because of their purpetual condescension that oozes from every song they write. When the band do their thing, it's as if they are on a tier up from you and looking down as they bless you with their songs.

The biggest problem I have with this band is, indeed, their insentient snobbory while they write this drivel, but in all honestly these monologue tracks -- and moments when David attacks tracks with monotone rapping -- do absolutely nothing for me, nor do I think they help the tracks in anyway. The monologue entires on Memoirs of Murder were horrible and painful to sit through, but you could tell David thought he was the sh!t when he was writing it. And it all feels like a desperate attempt at making you think what they're doing has depth. Ignorance is most definitely bliss.

So here we are, two years later, and the band are back with their sophomore effort, La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God. If you weren't a fan of the band's staples then there is little hope for you here; the only thing the band seem to have done is up the sh!t don't stink factor a couple of numbers. The obnoxious "Alpha & Omega" which implies David is the reincarnation of Jesus Christ, the cringe induced execution of "Vendettas", where he tries to act like he's crazy, draws on the emotions of crying from embarrassment and laughing so bluntly at what he's trying to do.

However, despite the pretentious nature of the record being even more potent than previous, it doesn't irritate quite as badly as Memoirs of Murder. This is largely due to a changed up in styles of music, as opposed to the NU-metal heavy debut, that had little variation. There is some soundtrack style tracks that slowly work their way around -- ala "War Time"; the jazz and blues elements to "Life's Not Enough" and "Me & Maxine" are geniunely some decent additions to this LP and certainly help the album along. The music is largely minimalistic, it's basically background noise that supports David with his rapping; it's intention is to obviously accommodate and create an ambient mood setting that allows David to tell his tale in a certain way. The album starts off with Djent and doom elements, but as you get to the latter half of the LP it becomes more obscure and chilled out, it's actually pretty decent in that aspect. String arrangments and so forth are present here, "I Ain't Going Back Again" is the most enjoyable track on here: the wild west style guitar riff is a nice dynamic, and David's lyrics actually bring a decent picture to the story without becoming corny.

It also has to be said, the band has an underlining zeal throughout, and I can give a little respect for that. BUT, the problem again lies on the core staples. When you are this serious about your music it walks the dangerous line of becoming goofy, and a lot of the time they fall into that. It basically lands on whether you're into what David is saying, because La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God relies so heavily on David and his execution on everything he does, it's one of those that will simply turn people on or off to it. There is some decent ideas on this album, and it certainly shows a band that has potential, but if you weren't sold on them the first time, you won't be sold here either.

Poor

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Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (1.5)
An hour of sharp inhales and not much else....


Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This surprised me somewhat. It still wasn't good, but I was expecting far worse. Some okay stuff on this LP.



As always, constructive criticsm welcome.

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Ghosteen

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm not saying it's good, but, musically, there is some interesting stuff here.

Chamberbelain
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2016


141 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Was just about to post my own review of this. I'm glad you think it's rubbish too. Pos

Archelirion
September 16th 2016


5870 Comments


Your ability to try and see the positives in everything Gonzo never fails to amaze me. Pos'd hard, great review. I'll make sure to avoid this like syphilis.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

@Archelirion





awh, cheers man. It's what reviewing is all about.



@Chamberbelain



haha cheers, I'll check out your review in a sec.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
September 16th 2016


10120 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Is this really the album art? I just see white.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I never uploaded the album details, but I've sent the actual album art for it. Must be pending

Snide
September 16th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Fuck.

ArsMoriendi
September 16th 2016


27309 Comments


Why even bother listening to this?

Digging: J Dilla - Donuts

Snide
September 16th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Worst album of the year, hands down.

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The people need to know ars! Haha

Hellscythe
September 16th 2016


4214 Comments


this got a 4/5 from MetalSucks and a 9/10 from Metal Injection. I know neither of those sites are very good, but still.. what the fuck?

Digging: Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

ConcubinaryCode
September 16th 2016


4837 Comments


^was it played straight or ironically?

Hellscythe
September 16th 2016


4214 Comments


played completely straight in both cases.

ConcubinaryCode
September 16th 2016


4837 Comments


"Pretty out there name for a metal record. Except for one thing. This ain’t a metal record, son. It’s a super heavy record with elements of industrial, metal, jazz, blues, folk and rap. Not rap like a damn nu-metal album — La Petite Mort plays out almost like a hip-hopera. And it works." haha omg

Hellscythe
September 16th 2016


4214 Comments


from MI's review:

"Structurally, I’m in love with La Petite Mort. It’s built like a metal band writing a twisted opera with old school hip-hop style passages and call backs to earlier work. Tracks like “Black Swan” and "I Aint Going Back Again" shows a cinematic style that gives you the chills, which flows seamlessly into tracks like “The Trauma Model” that fill you with enough angst to punch the guy standing next to you. Ultimately, what you’re left with is an incredibly diverse piece of work that is brutally honest, musically grand, and worthy of calling it an album. Most bands will bullshit you and call a collection of tracks written in one sitting an album, but this is entirely different. La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God, is the sort of thing you'll want to step back and listen to entirely so you can fully realize the art contained in this one package. It might be 2016’s best example of what an album should be."

I hope Roadrunner paid well for this.

Archelirion
September 16th 2016


5870 Comments


I read that with true sadness in my eyes.

ConcubinaryCode
September 16th 2016


4837 Comments


You don't have to pay for reviews when you're promoting it to the shitheads that actually like this guff.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2016


11741 Comments


Great review Gonzo, dare I say it reads a little higher than a 2? Either way very well written, both singles from this were really bad and I actually disliked them much more than most of the debut EP's songs. Is there any more slam poetry in this?

accomidate - *accommodate

Digging: Blue Oyster Cult - Spectres

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
September 17th 2016


15718 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers Scuro, I've corrected.



Nah, this is definitely the score haha. The reason it focuses on positives more is because I didn't want to have a rant about it; it would have been too easy to do that.



I do believe this is a set up from the debut (never heard the EPs) and I honestly think the change in styles is quite interesting as you get to the second half of the album. It's honestly worth skimming through once just to get an idea of what they've thrown into it; there is some weird ideas haha. But, like I say, even though I focus on what is good about it, David is just awful: lyrics, rapping, the whole lot of what he does ruins anything good on here.



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