The King Said – Comet Chaser

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Artist The King Said
Album Comet Chaser
Genre Post-Rock / Progressive
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Label White Label
Release 26 January 2013
Rating Solid / Very Good

The King Said are yet another promising instrumental band to hail from Northern Ireland, who bring us their debut release in ‘Comet Chaser’. Drawing inspiration from second wave post rock acts such as This Will Destroy You and Mono, you might imagine a similar predictability to this before you even hit ‘play’, but this isn’t entirely the case. There is no hanging around, as the title track immediately grabs attention with a soaring guitar lead – the rest of the band catching up shortly after with pounding rhythm. This is largely constant throughout, building on a riff you will be humming shortly.

The King Said differ from the acts mentioned above in that they get straight to the point. There is still a quiet/loud element to this music, but condensed into a much shorter space of time. There’s the odd shade of post-metal; the double kick and big muff bass lines give us that extra beef. “Concrete Sky” is a slower starter, and more similar to the likes of The American Dollar or even Mogwai with looming ambient introduction and handy drum line.

Contrary to the traditional shoe gaze stance of a lot of post rock acts, The King Said invert and encourage us to look skyward, through their sound and track names. Closer “Architect” is the best example on this release, giving the impression that something bigger is up there – it is unashamedly grandiose, thumping and shuddering to its climax which is absolutely massive. This is happy post rock – think Moonlit Sailor and you will love this. Overall, ‘Comet Chaser’ is a clear and concise first outing, and if this is a taster of things to come for The King Said, the future could well be bright as their sound. – Zicowoods

Staff Picks – Zicowood’s top 5 albums of 2012

Joining the site two and a half months ago, Zicowoods plays bass in the band Psychojet and comes to us from Belfast. He previously has written for The Silent Ballet and lists his favorite bands as This Will Destroy You, Mono, Russian Circles, Caspian, PG.Lost and And So I Watch You From Afar

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1. Musette – Drape Me In Velvet
Dreamy arrangements of piano, trumpet, and xylophone adorn heirloom cassettes and reel-to-reels over fifty years old (passed on to him from family members), providing a rustle and crackle on every track. Wistful! Album highlight is “Little Elvis”.

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2. The Best Pessimist – Love Is…
Sergey Lunev provides us with yet more of his trademark piano led ambient anthems on this year’s Love Is… “December 2, 1000” is an album highlight, piano melody and droning bass must be listening to at high volume.

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3. Gultskra Artikler – Abtu Anet
I don’t think it unfair of me to say that Alexey Devyanin is a purveyor of the strange, and this release is no exception; however as anxious a listen this release may be, it is difficult to switch it off before it has finished. And I keep going back to it.

4. Caspian – Waking Season
Not sure how much I can say about this that hasn’t already been said, by everyone. Following Tertia was always going to be difficult, but with Waking Season I wouldn’t argue with anyone who put this top of the pile for 2012.

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5. El Ten Eleven – Transitions
A step out from the post rock that has preceded it, more in the vein of ASIWYFA and The Continous Battle of Order (who are also but a duo).