Released: June 8, 2010
After vocalist Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick) teamed up with New Orleans sludge God, guitarist/vocalist Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down) to form Kingdom of Sorrow in 2005, they dropped one of 2008’s hallowed metal albums on us. Their self-titled monster left fans jonesing for more, but we’d have to wait two long years for their follow up, Behind The Blackest Tears.
Their sophomore record hit streets on June 8th, but to paraphrase the old Palmolive commercials, “I’ve been soaking in it.” This is not a record you rip and write about. You have to listen repeatedly. You have to feel it in your bones, and let it wrap its sludgy grip around you like a metal blackened skin.
The guys bring it hard, dark, and doomy. Call it blunt force drama. It’s a bludgeoning groove attack, with murky brooding rhythms, and aggressive meaty passages that feed the metal soul.
From the opening riffs of “Enlightenment To Extinction” to the final note of “Salvation Denied,” the album sucks you into its earthly hollows, a cold breath on your neck, a shiver down your spine.
Behind The Blackest Tears resonates with atmosphere and aural shadows. The songs are gripping and menacing. Foreboding melodies with lyrics that are ominous and full of ambitious imagery, conjuring dreary visions, of death, decay, and the darkness of humanity; its secrets, its weaknesses.
Kingdom of Sorrow have once again brought together the classic sounds of bands like Pantera, Down, and even shades of Goatwhore. If you like your sludge metal full of haunting despair, and packed with hammering drums, throbbing bass lines, growling vocals, and sick ballsy fretwork, you’re gonna impale yourself on this record.