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Rotting Kingdom (EP)
Rotting Kingdom EP
Extended play by Rotting Kingdom
Released November 14 2017
Genre Death/Doom
Length 24:11
Label Morbid Records (Cassette)
Godz Ov War Productions (CD)
Boris Records (Vinyl)
Producer Jason Groves, Rotting Kingdom
Rotting Kingdom chronology
'Debut Release'
(N/A)
Rotting Kingdom (EP)
(2017)
'TBA'
(TBA)

Rotting Kingdom is the eponymous debut EP by the Lexington, Kentucky death/doom band of the same name.

BackgroundEdit

Rotting Kingdom was in development as a band for many years among members of the Lexington metal scene and upon formation, the EP itself took roughly a year to write according to members of the group in an interview with Decibel. The band eventually had three songs composed, with "Demons in Stained Glass" taking the longest to write and coming out differently than intended. The group recorded the trio of songs in one day at Sneak Attack Studios in Lexington.[1]

A single-song teaser of "Adrift in a Sea of Souls" was released on 14 August 2017, with the band's debut live performance following that October (4 October at The Green Lantern with FaithXTractor and Necrot). Rotting Kingdom saw it's official release on cassette via Morbid Records on 14 November 2017.[2] A CD version saw release via UK label Godz ov War Productions on 15 January 2018 and lastly a vinyl edition saw release via Boris Records on 20 February 2018.

Rotting Kingdom has been heavily praised by various metal critics. MetalUtopia, giving the record an 8/10, describes it as "a record that can match up with the best of a band like Paradise Lost, with nice touches of Pallbearer and some Black thrown in to keep the mix fresh and exciting."[3] The Moldy Crypt would praise the EP as a "surprise to close 2017" with an opening statement of "The whole release is thickly layered in a melodic blackened death overtone, perfectly balancing the scale between mournful and absolutely pummeling. Each riff is complimented by bittersweet melodies and paired with a whirlwind of vacuous tunnel-throated vocals."[4] Other reviewers gave it generally positive reviews, such as Dutch Metal Maniac (10/10)[5], Eternity Magazine (6/6)[6], Ragherrie (80/100)[7], GBHBL (9/10)[8] and Voices From The Dark Side ("a brilliant debut for a new band which encompasses all of the classic aspects of Doom / Death Metal!")[9]

Rotting Kingdom - Rotting Kingdom (2018) Godz ov War Productions Morbid Records - full EP

Rotting Kingdom - Rotting Kingdom (2018) Godz ov War Productions Morbid Records - full EP

TracklistEdit

  • 1. Adrift in a Sea of Souls (8:04)
  • 2. Castle of Decay (6:17)
  • 3. Demons in Stained Glass (9:50)

PersonnelEdit

  • Anton Escobar - Vocals
  • Clay Rice - Guitars
  • Kyle Keener - Guitars
  • Chuck McIntyre - Bass
  • Brandon Glancy - Drums
  • Jason Groves - Engineer
  • Matt Simpson - Photography
  • Joseph Magnus Stack - Artwork

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Decibel MagazineAccessed 12 March 2018
  2. No Clean SingingAccessed 12 March 2018
  3. Metal Utopia
  4. The Moldy Crypt
  5. Dutch Metal Maniac
  6. Eternity Magazine
  7. Ragherrie
  8. GBHBL
  9. Voices From The Dark Side

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