Kyng's "Breathe In The Water" Album Review By Blacktop Mojo
Before last week, I wasn’t very familiar with Kyng; however I’d seen the name bouncing around in the unending river of content that is social media on show posters and articles, so the name has been in my subconscious for some time. After spending a week with the L.A. based trio’s third studio album, Breathe In The Water, needless to say I feel late to the party. Kyng brings to the table a sound that is part stoner metal, part hard rock, and 100 percent soul and swagger. Any self respecting head banger can pick up what these boys are putting down.
Breathe In The Water comes out swinging with “Pristine Warning” and title track, “Breathe In The Water”, both hard driving rockers to kick your heart rate up a few notches, then comes in the clean guitar for the mellow beginnings of “Closer To The End” followed by the tight fuzzy stomp seen in the chorus, which throws its hooks in you immediately. If the refrain of this song doesn’t get stuck in your head, then you probably don’t have a pulse. Up next is one of the coolest blends of old classic rock sounds and new progressive metal that I’ve come across lately, “Follow Blindly”. Eddie Veliz’s soaring vocals carry hints of Miles Kennedy smashed up with Ozzy over top of some absolutely stratospheric riffing on the guitar, and the way Tony Casteneda and Pepe Clarke throw down the impeccably groovy breakdown in this song is incredible. Another standout track that must be mentioned is the powerful, brooding, “Show Me Your Love”, which showcases the astounding versatility of the band and definitely proves they are no one trick pony.
Another highlight worth mentioning are the interludes the band included in the album “Reckoning- Pt. 1” and “The Beginning of What Was”, which brings the whole album together as a complete movement, a kind of hard rock symphony if you will, that I wish there was more of in the single-obsessed music market of today.
All in all Breathe In The Water delivers stunning guitar riffs, flawless rhythmic dynamics, powerful vocal performance, and a listener friendly heavy rock sound that will draw any fan of the genre in. Personally, this is one of the best albums I’ve heard in 2016 and as a new fan; I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Kyng in the future.