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King's X - Ogre Tones (7/10) - USA - 2005

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 51:21
Band homepage: King's X


  1. Alone
  2. Stay
  3. Hurricane
  4. Fly
  5. If
  6. Bepop
  7. Honesty
  8. Open My Eyes
  9. Freedom
  10. Get Away
  11. Sooner Or Later
  12. Mudd
  13. Bam
King's X - Ogre Tones

KING’S X have been roaming the scene for half an aeon and they regularly release their Prog or Groove Rock albums that are always above-average. The latest output “Ogre Tones” is no exception.


On this record, Doug Pinnick (vocals + bass), Ty Tabor (guitars) and Jerry Gaskill (drums) even sound somewhat fresher than they did on the last releases, and this time the songs groove through the speakers in a demonstratively relaxed manner again. The album starts out in a quite rocking and very dry manner. During the course of the disc, though, the material becomes more and more relaxed and calmer, too. The tunes that stand out particularly with those calm songs are “Sooner Or Later” and “Honesty”, which stick to your mind well. In general, KING’S X have become catchier again, and in turn they avoid over the top fuddle orgies, which on the other hand gives them a slight Pop touch. Nonetheless, most of the songs aren’t fit for the radio, don’t panic. Overall I must say that I like the disc very much, even though there isn’t much to hear for ears pampered by steel. Instead the album is suitable for relaxing and listening. Something you like to listen to during a longer drive or while having a beer. Musically, this trio is top (which everyone should know) and the sound is excellent, too. Except for the annoying last tune, “Bam”, there are no weak songs, but there is no uber-song either.


On "Ogre Tones“, KING’S X just offer above-average songs that sound like one piece, and in my opinion, they also released one of their most compact albums. If you are looking for music that sometimes is calmer but that rocks at the right points and that, above all, is groovy, “Ogre Tones” is the right album for you. Furthermore, varied Rock music hasn’t harmed anyone yet, has it?


Check out tips: "Alone“, "Sooner Or Later“, "Freedom” (Online March 28, 2006)

Patrick Weiler

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