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Major Kong
Major Kong
Photo by Oskar Szramka.
Background information
Origin Lublin, Poland
Warsaw, Poland
Genres Stoner Metal, Doom Metal, Instrumental
Years active 2010 - Present
Associated acts Weedpecker, Fifty Foot Woman, Tankograd
Website Major Kong Facebook

Major Kong are an instrumental stoner/doom power trio from Lublin. Forming in 2010, this band formed initially as a side project before becoming a main project for it's members. Major Kong draws inspiration from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, combined with old horror and sci-fi movies to compose a band driven by infectious groove and devil-may-care DIY ethic.

To date Major Kong has released four studio albums among a host of other releases, all while touring frequently through Europe. The band's name itself is shared with a character from the 1964 Stanley Kubrick black comedy "Dr. Strangelove", with Slim Pickens portraying Major Kong. Notably this character would ride a dropped nuclear bomb to certain death, whooping and waving his cowboy hat in the manner of a rodeo performer.

HistoryEdit

Major Kong would be founded in 2010 by Michał Skuła, Paweł Zmarlak and Dominik Stachyra, all of whom had also played in Fifty Foot Woman. Initially Major Kong was intended to be an instrumental side project but when Fifty Foot Woman disbanded in 2011 Major Kong would be the trio's main musical endeavor. Along with releasing their debut ep Orogenesis on 12 April 2011 the band would play frequently in Poland, sharing the stage with the likes of Belzebong, Dopelord, Church of Misery, Blood Ceremony, Mars Red Sky and Weedeater to name a few.[1][2]

Major Kong's debut album Doom For The Black Sun on 12 March 2012 to positive reviews.[3] Major Kong and Dopelord would tour Poland the next year, along with Major Kong's first shows outside of the country. Gaining momentum the band would work on a follow-up record at Vintage Records Studio with Szymon Swoboda. Doom Machine would see release on 20 January 2014 to further praise from the likes of Louder Sound,[4] The Sludgelord,[5] Metal Temple[6] and Your Last Rites.[7]

Major Kong would embark on a short tour in support of Doom Machine that March with Dopelord, along with appearing at Electric Meadow Fest in Lviv and performing with Fu Manchu.[8] 2015 would see appearances at Red Smoke Festival among sharing the stage with the likes of Crowbar, Demonic Death Judge, Saint Vitus, Bask, Black Tusk and High on Fire to name a few.[9] The band also released a split with Dopelord and two more EPs (Galactic Cannibalism and Brave New Kong) that same year.

Following tours with Red Scalp, Riff Fist, Dopelord and Weedpecker Major Kong would finish up work on a third album, the end result being Brace For Impact on 4 September 2017 to generally positive reception.[10] Along with returning to Red Smoke Festival the next year, Major Kong would tour more frequently through Poland among other countries. Following a four-way split with Dopelord, Weedpecker and Spaceslug along with it's respective tour, Dopelord would begin work on a fourth studio album. Off The Scale would see release on 24 January 2020 to positive reviews.[11][12][13][14]

DiscographyEdit

Studio AlbumsEdit

  • Doom For The Black Sun (2012)
  • Doom Machine (2014)
  • Brace For Impact (2017)
  • Off The Scale (2020)

Other ReleasesEdit

  • Orogenesis (EP) (2011)
  • Sequoia (Digital Single) (2013)
  • Dopelord & Major Kong (Split EP with Dopelord) (2015)
  • Galactic Cannibalism (EP) (2015)
  • Brave New Kong (EP) (2015)
  • 4 Way Split (Split album with Dopelord, Spaceslug, Weedpecker) (2019)

MembersEdit

  • Dominik Stachyra - Bass (2010 - Present)
  • Paweł Zmarlak - Drums (2010 - Present)
  • Michał Skuła - Guitar (2010 - Present)

List of Known ToursEdit

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Last.fm
  2. Last.fm
  3. Metal Temple
  4. Louder Sound
  5. The Sludgelord
  6. Metal Temple
  7. Your Last Rites
  8. Last.fm
  9. Last.fm
  10. The Sludgelord
  11. Apocalypse Later
  12. Desert-Rock.com
  13. Noob Heavy
  14. Vampster
  15. Last.fm
  16. Last.fm
  17. Last.fm
  18. Major Kong Facebook
  19. Major Kong Facebook
  20. Major Kong Facebook
  21. Major Kong Facebook
  22. Major Kong Facebook
  23. Major Kong Facebook
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