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KING'S X is a hard rock/heavy metal trio consisting of Dug PINNICK on bass guitar and lead vocals, Ty TABOR on lead guitar, and Jerry GASKILL on drums. In the late 70's, Dug PINNICK and Jerry GASKILL toured together in the Christian rock band Petra. The two of them met up with Ty TABOR in 1980 and began playing together as a band. After 8 years, a couple of name changes, and a change of location from Missouri to Katy, Texas in 1985, KING'S X received their big break in 1987 when ZZ Top video producer Sam Taylor helped them secure a recording contract with New York's Megaforce label. The Texas scene at the time included fellow metal bands GALACTIC COWBOYS, ATOMIC OPERA, and WATCHTOWER. They released their debut album "Out of the Silent Planet" (1988) on the Megaforce label. They followed this up the following year with "Gretchen Goes to Nebraska" (1989), which included their anthemic song "Over My Head". They released their third album "Faith Hope Love" (1990), which included the Beatles-sounding Ty Tabor sung track "It's Love", which received much radio and video airplay. Their 4th release, the self-titled "King's X" (1992) was their first album released on Atlantic Records without the Megaforce label. During this time however, the band members had a falling out with their manager, Sam Taylor. KING'S X released two more albums, "Dogman" (1994) and "Ear Candy" (1996), on Atlantic Records before leaving the label and it was rumored at the time ending their career.

Two years later, KING'S X resurfaced on the Metal Blade label and released their 7th studio album "Tapehead". Their partnership with Metal Blade has also seen the release of "Please Come Home.Mr. Bulbous" (2000), "Manic Moonlight" (2001), and "Black Like Sunday" (2003). In addition to these studio albums, they also released their first live album "Live All Over the Place" (2004). Their two most recent albums "Ogre Tones" (2005) and "XV" (2008) have been released on the Inside Out Music label.

Somewhat amazingly, the three band members have stayed the same throughout their career. In addition to their work with KING'S X, each member has released at least one solo album. Dug PINNICK has participated in multiple side projects such as POUNDHOUND, SUPERSHINE, and THE MOB. Ty TABOR has also participated in multiple side projects such as JUGHEAD, THE JELLY JAM, and PLATYPUS.

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Warner Bros UK 2013
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Gretchen Goes to NebraskaGretchen Goes to Nebraska
Megaforce / Wea 1989
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$3.33 (used)
King's XKing's X
Atlantic / Wea 1992
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$0.90 (used)
XVXV
Inside Out Music 2008
Audio CD$8.10
$7.45 (used)
Black Like SundayBlack Like Sunday
Metal Blade 2003
Audio CD$11.58
$7.80 (used)
DogmanDogman
Atlantic 0191 2012
Audio CD$5.46
$1.96 (used)
Best ofBest of
Rhino 2007
Audio CD$7.09
$4.75 (used)
Faith Hope LoveFaith Hope Love
Megaforce/Atlantic 2009
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$0.97 (used)
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  • King's X at Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA on 1 May 2014
  • King's X + The Atomic Bitchwax + TT Quick + more at Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey on 3 May 2014

KING'S X discography


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KING'S X top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.09 | 45 ratings
Out of the Silent Planet
1988
4.12 | 65 ratings
Gretchen Goes to Nebraska
1989
4.24 | 49 ratings
Faith Hope Love
1990
3.48 | 36 ratings
King's X
1992
4.04 | 43 ratings
Dogman
1994
3.12 | 30 ratings
Ear Candy
1996
2.54 | 32 ratings
Tape Head
1998
2.56 | 26 ratings
Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous
2000
2.11 | 25 ratings
Manic Moonlight
2001
2.23 | 24 ratings
Black Like Sunday
2003
3.65 | 29 ratings
Ogre Tones
2005
3.50 | 33 ratings
XV
2008

KING'S X Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 4 ratings
Live And Live Some More: Dallas '94
1994
3.63 | 8 ratings
Live All Over The Place
2004
3.50 | 6 ratings
Tales From The Empire: Cleveland 6.26.92
2009
2.83 | 13 ratings
Live Love In London
2010
3.50 | 2 ratings
Burning Down Boston: Live At The Channel
2012

KING'S X Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.75 | 4 ratings
Live Love In London
2010

KING'S X Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.33 | 6 ratings
Best of King's X
1997
0.00 | 0 ratings
Safety/Come Somewhere
2006

KING'S X Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 1 ratings
Sneak Preview
1983
2.00 | 1 ratings
Rehearsal Cd Vol. 1
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dogman Demos
2005

KING'S X Reviews


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 Gretchen Goes to Nebraska by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.12 | 65 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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2 stars For me, this album is a big fat pile of I Don't Get It. I find the production lukewarm, the performances uninspiring, and the overall aesthetic and atmosphere insipid and irritating. A few attempts here and there at Beatles-like vocal harmonies don't amount to much; nor does an attempt to make the guitars sound a little like sitars. And when the band do attempt to rock out, it just sounds like ugly 80s hair metal. On the balance, the album exhibits everything I find distasteful about hard rock and is perhaps one of the most deeply uninteresting musical experiences I have ever endured.

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 Ogre Tones by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.65 | 29 ratings

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Review by UMUR
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3 stars "Ogre Tones" is the 11th full-length studio album by US hard rock/alternative rock act King's X. The album was released through InsideOut Music in September 2005. It's the band's first album released through InsideOut Music after a longer collaboration with Metal Blade Records.

The music on "Ogre Tones" is hard rock/alternative rock delivered by a very skilled trio of musicians. The sound production is professional, clean and polished. The tracks are very simple vers/chorus structured and the band's reputation as a progressive rock act doesn't shine through on this album. Most of the tracks on the album are around 3 minutes long and feature hook laden choruses with lots of mainstream appeal. It's not often it happens, but when the band decide to rock out, they are actually able to conjure up some really nice hard rocking grooves, but it doesn't happen enough. Most of the tracks are more sweet and polished pop/rock material with some really nice harmony vocal arrangements, and to my ears the album end up a rather tame affair.

Of course the excellent musicianship, the professional sound production and songwriting craftsmanship that should make most musicians green with envy, are all features that secure a quality stamp and a 3 star (60%) rating. A bit more bite would have suited the album though.

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 Gretchen Goes to Nebraska by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1989
4.12 | 65 ratings

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Review by obiter
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4 stars How to review an album with almost a zillion songs... well 12 How do you describe that sound and feel that you jsut know when it's Floyd or Genesis of Yes. Well, I suppose that's one of the tihings with King's X. Their sound is so distinctive. Bass I can't find a comrator. The guitar at times reminds me of Simple Minds or Rush or ... well whatever ..

The vocals .. well that's simply Pinnick although if you search Goldilox on youtube you;ll find the crowd filling in competely.

I think this is a great album but it's not essential: Faith Hope Love is. And, I suppose once you listen to Faith Hope Love you think this album is needed. That's how I did it. This is a band that creeps on you. Start with FHL and then the rest follow.

Pleiades, the difference and out of the silent plant are great, surely enough to justify purchasing the album but merely a hin of what FHL has in store.

Enjoy.

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 Manic Moonlight by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 2001
2.11 | 25 ratings

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Review by Sheavy
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2 stars I actually find this a little more enjoyable than the previous cd, just because there is more of a variety here, even if this is very, very far from a good record. I have a feeling that most King's X fans hate this album, and while it is indeed not to good, I will try to someday get their much acclaimed early albums, just to see what the fuss is about.

Anyway, the songs here are only a little more interesting than the previous, with some songs that come across as light hearted and silly, but do not make me very happy and light-hearted like any good silly song should. I do also like Doug's voice as at times he has a very gospel tinge in his delivery, and I would much like to hear more of this.

This was, as evidenced by the ratings here, not the greatest of band introductions ever. I will try to get my hands on some "better" King's x because my curiosity has been piqued.

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 Tape Head by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.54 | 32 ratings

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Review by Sheavy
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2 stars For a introduction to a band I have heard good things about, this seems like the worst possible place to start. I got this because it was just 99 cents at a second clothing store and happened to notice this and Manic Moonlight both for that price, so I decided not to pass up this chance. I am very glad I did not pay more for these cds.

This really sounds like a very boring mix of hard rock, with some grunge like sounds. All of the songs sound very dull and uninspired, and the best thing about all these tracks is when a guitar solo comes in. Other than that the is nothing here that appeals much to me. It really sounds like a sub par Nirvana wanna-be band.

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 Tape Head by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.54 | 32 ratings

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Review by speak

1 stars Just buy the download of the first track "Groove Machine", it's King's X at their very best. Sadly it stops there and the rest of the Cd is just a waste of space. The end of the Major contract didn't do well for KIng's X who released their worst record yet! It was definitely strange, I wouldn't expect them to lose the plot so abruptly after the good new stuff they added at the end of the Greatest Hits. I didn't know then but it was the beginning of a dry spell that would end only almost a decade later!

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 Faith Hope Love by KING'S X album cover Studio Album, 1990
4.24 | 49 ratings

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Review by speak

5 stars For me this is the best King's X album; it still sports the classic sound, i.e. great melodies reminiscent the Beatles mixed with '70 hard rock, but a bit more radio friendly this time. In fact this was their best shot at fame, still ranking as the most successful release they ever had. It contains also their most popular single: the outstanding "It's Love". It take just a few spins to be fully aware that the Cd is full of high points and, to my hears, no weaknesses. Moanjam is still one of the highlights of their live outings and you can find it here in all its 'studio' glory. An ideal starting point, then go backwards. Dogman may be good but it's a too radical departure from the classic King's X sound I'm so fond of...

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 Live Love In London by KING'S X album cover Live, 2010
2.83 | 13 ratings

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Review by memowakeman
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3 stars A cool night, good show!

The first time, or maybe the first couple of times I listened to it, I was not that enthusiastic and actually I felt bored after half an hour, but fortunately I've given it more spins and now I can say I enjoy most of the concert. King's X are a cool hard rock trio with some prog rock connections (limited I would say, but connections anyway) who have been together since the eighties and have released a considerable amount of albums. Now that I review I must admit my only reference before listening to this live show was their 'Gretchen goes to Nebraska' album, which is pretty good, but honestly I was not that attracted by this band.

When I got this digital promo my knowledge regarding the band was almost inexistent, then I realized that the most of the songs performed here are well known pieces and favorites of their audience (because they have a huge amount of followers,, as I've seen) and cover practically all their discography, with songs from their debut album such as 'Goldilox', to some of their latest release, like 'Pray'.

So 'Live Love in London' is a double CD album performed in the 2009, but released last year (2010) with a total time of almost two hours; a show that their fans surely enjoyed. This time I will not review song by song, It would take me ages to finish and I would bore the readers, so I will limit to talk about my favorite (and not that favorite) moments of the concert.

In the first CD I like the power and feeling of some hard rock songs such as 'Alright', 'Move' and 'Pray'. The voice of Doug Pinnick is good in spite of his sixty years, however I believe in moments his voice sounds tired and not as great as in his best years, but that's understandable. There are some good riffs by Ty Tabbor, and also a couple of songs he sings, which sound great. However some songs such as 'Black Flag' sound like fillers, or well, I simply don't like them.

In the second CD, a long version of 'Over my Head' appears, with Doug saying a speech about the church of music, not that I like that, but it moved the crowd and made them scream louder. The classic 'Goldilox' sang by the audience is a nice experience, I actually love when the fans sing with all their souls, because they transmit a lot of things, and put smiles over the musician's faces. The last song is 'Moanjam' which I really enjoy, the instrumental jam is exquisite and it lights on the rock power that rests in our soul.

After all, I finished liking this concert, despite I did not dig it at first; however I believe it is just a cool show which can be loved by King's X and hard rock fans. For progressive rock fans I think this is not really what would make us happy, but it can bring us some nice moments anyway. My final grade will be three stars, though I must admit I was tempted to rate it with two, since I believe it is mostly for the band's admirers.

Enjoy it!

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 Live Love In London by KING'S X album cover Live, 2010
2.83 | 13 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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2 stars 'Live Love In London' - King's X (4/10)

A band that has no doubt stood the test of time, all the while maintaining a highly loyal fanbase, there's no denying that American groove rock act King's X has what it takes to make it in the music world. As a very casual listener of the band, I had grown a meager appreciation for their eclectic, distinct style and a handful of the songs I had heard, but until listening to the band's double disc live album 'Live Love In London,' I had little experience listening to this group, and therefore little preconception as to what I would hear on it. While I can certainly see King's X's performance here being an enjoyable ordeal for an existing fan, some questionable recording value, a generally unremarkable performance and some fairly inconsistent song quality makes 'Live Love In London' a pretty mediocre, if functional live release from this band.

The vast majority of the songs picked for 'Live Love' take the shape of groovy, riff-based hard rockers, mostly led by the gospel-derived vocals of frontman Doug Pinnick. With your typical live album opening of crowd ambiance and cheering, 'Groove Machine' kicks in, and instantly gives a general impression of what a good three quarters of the two discs is comprised of; some basic, but interesting grooves, some minor improvisations here and there, and the bluesy vocals of Pinnick driving the melody along. While the songwriting here (and on many of the other songs listed here) are quite good, the live performance does not feel as if it adds anything to the original recorded versions of the songs, which- to me- is what a live album should be all about.

In terms of the band's performance here, the vocal work of Pinnick can take some getting used to, but it's clear after a few tracks that he has a powerful voice that he knows how to use well. Better still are the vocals of Ty Tabor which pop up in a few songs, which while aren't as booming as Pinnick's, feel as if they have a wider emotional range, as is well- shown on the first disc's highlight 'Pleiades'. Instrumentally, the real star is Tabor, whose rocking solos are one of the album's biggest saving graces.

While the first disc is pretty basic and doesn't offer much more than the typical funk/groove hard rock songwriting of King's X, things do start getting more interesting with the second half of 'Live Love.' The cornerstone of disc two is certainly the jam-based piece 'Over My Head,' which finally shows the band taking advantage of the live milieu, and letting loose for a while. While the track begins as a pretty typical piece of funk rock, the track begins to break down into some more solo-based improvisation, finally culminating in a passionate speech from Doug Pinnick concerning music, it's power, and how much it truly means to him. While I'm not a King's X fan, it's hard not to be moved by the voice of sincerity in the words, and the absolutely wild crowd reaction that his oratory provides, as if Pinnick was speaking to each person in the arena individually. The other highlight on the second disc is 'Goldilox,' which again shows the potential for magic in live performance; this time around, it is the entire audience that sings the lyrics from start to finish! These moments of hope in 'Live Love' are quite sparse however, being interspersed amidst plenty of unmentionable tracks that would be better listened to as a studio recording any day.

One of the other issues 'Live Love' suffers from is the production. While you can hear each musician and the audience, the mixing here is pretty poorly executed. The vocals and rhythm guitar sections unfortunately tune out much of the bass and drum work, and the entire thing is pretty muddy in the way it sounds. Once or twice, some tracks cut out almost entirely, only to return a few seconds later. Even if the performance here was exemplary, a bad production and recording of a concert can spell instant death for a live album.

'Live Love In London' is clearly an album meant to cater to the very fans that have kept King's X going for so long. However, it is far too flawed to be worth much more than the small handful of standout moments the performance here lends.

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 Live Love In London by KING'S X album cover Live, 2010
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3 stars I know Ty Tabor from collaborating with The Jelly Jam. KING'S X are a recommended heavy rock band which comprises some prog substance. They have already been on my orbit for some time, which means I've already heard some songs before, but never got into a complete album. After reaching for this live recordings by accident (as a promo) it was about time of course. Now first of all - they surely rock the house (London's Electric Ballroom), please their fans, play a setlist consisting of spotlights from 15 albums in the meanwhile.

Not being familiar with the discography, of course I must fail to point to the corresponding album at present when it comes to each song. It would be a puzzle for me - so I will leave this to the fanboys (and girls). First CD starts with two relatively simple straightforward rock songs which are not really striking, maybe just have the task to handle the band's warmup, to reach for full speed. Which means Pleiades comes much more substantial as for my impression, if only because also provided with some relaxed jamming approach. And at the end they catch their fans with the statement 'This is our favourite place to play' - nothing won't go wrong yet!

Groovy heavy rock with a proper grunge proportion is the name of the game now - starting with the excellent Move Ty Tabors' guitar playing is sometimes psychedelic tinged, which makes the songs more attractive to me. On the other hand - I find the drum playing too simple in the whole. So all in all, concering prog standards, this is often limited, I'm missing trickiness, stylistical variety. Want to point out Dogman especially when it comes to the exceptions - the guitar is striking, very heavy but also Robin Trower styled in some way. And Julie is played very accessible, charming, provided with some pleasant contrast, unfortunately too short because there is so much substance available.

The rest of the songs are not really attractive to me, it sounds too professional and single tracked ... and so we are going over to CD2 with rather mixed feelings .. but that will be more challenging ... they are accentuating the live character from now on. Just take the lengthy Over My Head - groovy, changing time signatures, provided with irresistible guitar work, even drummer Jerry Gaskill comes out of hiding - a highlight for sure ... and the crowd is on cloud nine. They get a band in genial mood, hence, now at the latest, they don't have regreted the coming, I'm sure. Then Goldilox is dedicated to the fans - they simply adopt the vocal parts. This sounds impressing!

The last song Moonjam - obviously an encore - is played with some Jimi Hendrix inspiration - and aimed at getting the last drop of sweat from all attendees .. and the band members too of course. Coming to a conclusion 'Live Love In London' is a good album in its entirety, but only due to the second part of the gig which appears more ambitious. So this can be treated as a couple - the first part is professionally mainstream oriented, the other more seeking into variety and inspiration. A tad heavier - but this reminds me of Phil Lynott's Thin Lizzy in parts. Not really necessary to emphasize - a must have for the fans - but also a good choice if you are interested in some pleasant heavy rock songs played live.

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