King’s X have entered the studio to record their highly-anticipated new album – the first to be released in more than a decade.
The long player is scheduled to drop later this year via Australia’s Golden Robot Records.
The band pitched up at Blacksound Studio in Pasadena, California earlier today with renowned producer Michael Parnin – recognised for his work with a range of artists, from Rage Against the Machine and Missy Elliott, to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Streisand.
Frontman Doug Pinnick said: “I’ve got a ton of tunes to submit. I never know what to expect. I’m always surprised when it’s done and can see it as a whole picture.
“And we’re making a record after how long?! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a very long time and I’m totally looking forward to it.”
Jerry Gaskill added: “It’s been a while since we’ve made a record together. I go back and forth between excitement and fear. But when it gets right down to it, I think excitement wins. I look forward to sharing all of our ideas together and seeing what comes of it all. If nothing else, it will be the next King’s X record.”
Ty Tabor added: “I’m excited to see where we are at these days. We’re all bringing ideas in.”
“This is a great story in the making,” added Parnin. “As a huge fan of the band from the beginning, I am unbelievably excited to work on the next long-awaited chapter.
“Some of my favorite and most artistically rewarding projects have been working with Doug over the past 10 years, namely Strum Sum Up and the fun Hendrix Tribute Album we did together.
“I’m honored and looking forward to working with Jerry and Ty who are each masters of their craft.”
Derek Shulman, Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion for Golden Robot Records said: “I am delighted to finally be able to work with one of the most respected, creative rock bands of the past 30-plus years. King’s X is not only a superb rock band with an ardent fan base but are also a musician’s band. Golden Robot Records is determined to finally help King’s X receive the worldwide recognition it fully deserves.”
Since the release of their debut record, Out Of The Silent Planet, in 1988, King’s X released more than a dozen albums.
Fusing progressive metal, funk and soul grooves with vocal arrangements rooted in blues, gospel and even the British Invasion era influences, the band created a style all of their own.
King’s X has never changed its line-up and is frequently name-dropped by everyone from Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies to Iron Maiden and Blue Murder as a result of their instrumental prowess.
Pearl Jam’s bassist Jeff Ament even declared that ‘King’s X invented grunge’.
In 1992, King’s X signed to Atlantic Records/Megaforce Records, released three albums and toured with bands as diverse as Scorpions, Type O Negative and Pearl Jam.
In the early 2000s they released three studio albums and their first official live album via Metal Blade Records.
In 2005, the band signed to German-based progressive music specialty label, InsideOut Music, and released Ogre Tones, an album described as a return to their classic sound.
King’s X forged ahead with new albums, DVDs and tours up until 2012, when drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. The band compiled an exclusive live release from their archives entitled, Burning Down Boston and the proceeds went directly to assisting Gaskill with his medical expenses.
They rolled on for two more years until Gaskill suffered another heart attack, which resulted in him having a double bypass operation and ultimately led to the band taking an indefinite hiatus.
But they were back on the road in mid-2015 and announced they would begin work on a new studio album in 2019.