U.S. Stoner Doom and Roll practitioners VOID KING are proud to announce today’s release of sophomore album Barren Dominion via Off The Record. Stream it at voidking.bandcamp.com/album/barren-dominion
Also out today is the official video for “Lucid Omega.” Check it out at the following location: youtu.be/0e0dHKdqaAc
Barren Dominion is available for mass consumption on all major digital platforms, as well as on CD. A vinyl release is planned to follow at a later date.
U.S. (CD and Digital)
On Barren Dominion, the band has harnessed raw emotion and embraced a darker, heavier sound to express three years of personal and group struggles and victories.
“At the heart of it, this record is who we are. Jason and I have been through some pretty trying times in the last couple of years and managed to rise above it all”, says guitar player Tommy Miller. “I wouldn’t go so far to call this a concept record, but there is a theme running through the entire thing.”
Barren Dominion was recorded with Bloomington, IN artist Niko Albanese, and mastered by Dennis Pleckham of Comatose studios and guitarist for the band BONGRIPPER. “We needed people working on this record that understood not just the sound that we were going for, but also the vibe that we wanted to hit. Dennis and Niko really hit that perfectly on both fronts”, says drummer of VOID KING, Derek Felix. “We talked a lot about making sure that this record was massive. Between recording the drums in an empty warehouse and having the guitar player from BONGRIPPER master the record, I would say that this album is exactly what we were looking for.”
“Void King construct towers of crushing fuzz and sinister sludge outlined by gargantuan riffs and soaring, near-operatic melodies from vocalist Jason Kindred. With their marriage of funereal doom instrumentals and heartbreaking harmonic melancholy, the group’s sound showcases impressive levels of collaborative musicianship working towards a timelessly cohesive sound.”
– Invisible Oranges
“Void King not only expands their sonic palette but also offers a certain emotional maturity on Barren Dominion. The progressive tinges also suggest broader influences coming into play that I can imagine appealing to listeners beyond the stoner doom circles.”
– Indy Metal Vault
“A set of clever, interesting and most of all, memorable tracks. On what is an album that all fans of both doom and stoner can find something to love.”
– Games, Brrraaains, & a Head-Banging Life
1. A Lucid Omega
2. Leftover Savages
3. Burnt At Both Ends
4. of Whip And Steed
5. Temples Made of Bone
6. Learning From The Ashes
7. Crippled Chameleon
8. The Longest Winter
Recorded/Mixed – Niko Albanese
Mastering – Comatose Studios
Album Art – Soares Artwork
VOID KING is:
Derek Felix – Drums
Chris Carroll – Bass Guitar
Jason Kindred – Voice
Tommy Miller – Electric Guitar
VOID KING found their full iteration when Chris Carroll joined drummer Derek Felix, guitar player Tommy Miller and vocalist Jason Kindred in late 2015. VOID KING released their debut album There is Nothing, recorded with legendary Indianapolis Musician and producer, Carl Byers, in the summer of 2016. The record showcased the band’s penchant for fuzzed out, riff laden epics and a love of showing something different from song to song.
The band was approached by the Dutch label Off The Record later that year, and quickly released a vinyl, cassette tape and CD of the band’s efforts. Reviews of There is Nothing were full of praise for the band’s ability to keep their sound, while adding different elements of song writing throughout the entire record. The band followed this signing up with several DIY tours and bookings all over the United States for the remainder of 2016 and most of 2017.
In 2017, VOID KING toured Europe with their label mates BOUDAIN. The band received much adulation as they spread their brand of stoner rock to Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and more. In 2018, VOID KING was asked to headline one of the stages at the SXSW festival “Stoner Jam” in Austin, Texas, played the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, invited to headline a stage at the second annual “New England Stoner and Doom Festival”, as well as countless other festivals, shows and events. In 2019, VOID KING once again played the NESDF, followed by a DIY East Coast tour with WRETCH and others.