King 810
La Petite Mort or a Conversation With God


1.5
very poor

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
September 16th, 2016 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An hour of sharp inhales and not much else.

King 810 is a four piece metal band from Flint, Michigan and rose to mainstream popularity after the release of their debut album, “Memoirs of a Murderer” in 2014. It also turned out to be one of the most opinion-dividing albums of the year; arguably the decade. The band where highly credited by some for their brutal imagery of the crime in their hometown within their music but others saw them as nothing more than thugs who replicated the lyrical and nu metal styles of Slipknot and Korn but at the most apathetic level of originality.

The honesty conveyed by David Gunn is probably the strongest point to “La Petite Mort…” A lot of the lyrical content on their debut album was written while Gunn was in jail but this time the influence is taken from being on the road with his band and consequently away from his home. Opener, ‘Heavy Lies the Crown’, narrates the changes present since his departure: “people I’ve known have died/if I were here I could have saved them/this music’s cost me lives.” Yet, throughout the album Gunn’s spoken word approach at singing will fail to connect with a lot of listeners. Maybe it’s because they’re not criminals or maybe it’s because that some lines are just terrible- especially since the first words to the album are “I’m back mother ***er. Give me my guns.”

Some will argue that this is a huge progression from their debut album and, arguably, it actually is. “More” seems to be the general development from “Memoirs of a Murderer” as this sophomore amplifies everything about their debut. Dark lyrics become sinister monologues (‘La Petite Mort’) and hard breakdowns become tougher breakdowns (‘Vendettas’) however when King 810 follow this amplified formula the backfired result is that uninspired then becomes tedious and intensity thus becomes awkwardness; what was bad is now even worse. ‘The Trauma Model’ is a good example of what happens when King 810 amplify their good and awful traits as David Gunn’s narrative lyrics of childhood in Flint do seem intimidating against the piquing flashes of furious guitars. But for the majority of the album, this amplified awfulness outweighs the iota of genuinely menacing moments that the band offers.

In keeping with the aforementioned formula, the curveballs that King 810 throws at us aren’t just unexpected but also come across as ridiculous. Opposing genres are forcefully impregnated into this metal album for the sheer sake of there being glimpses of variety; compared to the one dimensional rhythms the band typically creates. A straining saxophone and dreary piano is used in ‘Life’s Not Enough’ to seemingly evoke the rare moments of peace within King 810’s criminal lifestyle while string arrangements and a choir are wielded in the hope of creating a majestic tone to the album closer, ‘A Conversation With God’. Perhaps the most hilarious song is ‘Me & Maxine’ which is essentially lounge music (complete with snapping fingers and bluesy guitars) but with Gunn’s poetic lyricism such as “She likes my hands down her jeans”. On this song, ‘Crib’ or ‘gaff’ would seem appropriate words rather than ‘lounge’ after whatever King 810 have just displayed.

In short, King 810 continues to put the ‘angst’ in ‘gangster’. The album is as risky as bubble wrap, as dangerous as going to bed without a nightlight on and as edgy as a circle.



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LotusFlower
September 16th 2016


12001 Comments


How was I not aware of this

Tunaboy45
September 16th 2016


16583 Comments


la mort orgasme

Snide
September 16th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Ugh.

BeyondCosby
September 16th 2016


2256 Comments


Interesting review. I doubt I'll be brave enough to check the album so thanks for doing that so I don't have to.

A couple of suggestions:
You have a "where" in your first paragraph that needs to be a "was".

"Dark lyrics become sinister monologues (‘La Petite Mort’) and hard breakdowns become tougher breakdowns (‘Vendettas’) however when King 810 follow this amplified formula the backfired result is that uninspired then becomes tedious and intensity thus becomes awkwardness; what was bad is now even worse."

This part is creative but it reads a little awkwardly. I would add something after uninspired like "uninspired lyrics then become tedious" and get rid of "thus" in the phrase "intensity thus becomes..." I would also argue that if you have to paraphrase your own writing ("what was bad is now worse") you should probably just simplify it. Good review overall though!

torts
September 16th 2016


4300 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

inhales

Snide
September 16th 2016


7050 Comments

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inhales [2]

Asdfp277
September 16th 2016


19153 Comments


that's the worst album name i've ever seen

Asdfp277
September 16th 2016


19153 Comments


my niqqa this bro has asthma

iloveyouall
September 16th 2016


6319 Comments


user BlackMalachite showing exasperation at discovering a shit band has released more shit music, meanwhile his existence on website sputnikmusic.com is characterised by forcing such discoveries upon everyone else.

iloveyouall
September 17th 2016


6319 Comments


[2]

YuriZakhaev
September 17th 2016


441 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

inhales [3]



Torts, I thought you died, mayn

Tunaboy45
September 17th 2016


16583 Comments


Saw them when they supported slipknot
Crowd were throwing cans at them
Screaming for them to fuck off
Keyboardist thew a temper tantrum and smashed his gear
Band walked off

jtenders
September 17th 2016


116 Comments


Stupidest album name ever agreed

Snide
September 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

torts can never die.

He is infinite.

He is eternal.

Tunaboy45
September 17th 2016


16583 Comments


way to rip off Gorguts with the album title

Snide
September 17th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

What did they rip off from Gorguts?

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2016


11587 Comments


Solid review, it's not exactly scathing for a 1.5 though, but it's well written.

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kascetcadettt
September 18th 2016


1602 Comments


their sound snide



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