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King's X — Ogre Tones
(Inside Out Music SPV 085-48512, 2005, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

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The career of King’s X has been characterized by consistent riffing in standard rock and roll format. Ogre Tones meets the needs of their zealous fan base by emphasizing crafted pieces such as the radio friendly “Stay.” One of the things that has clearly kept the band together is their desire to keep it simple and allow solo outlets to be proving grounds for overflow. Convincing evidence in the group direction is in the reduction of song titles down to the bare minimum. The track “Hurricane” is especially poignant if only for the recent smattering of New Orleans by Katrina. Ty Tabor’s signature guitar sound is prominent on pieces such as “Fly” that shows his use economy and depth of expression. “If” serves as a strong power ballad with vocal harmonies and a catchy hook that makes it stand out. The start and stop changeover and the varying chord sequence on “Bebop” is a noticeable shift in style which works well as a contrasting piece. “Get Away” features Pinnick’s questing conversation with God while Gaskill adds conga drums in the background. “Sooner or Later” stands out as the longest of the CD’s thirteen tracks and it’s a compelling unison bass-driven anthem and also Ty’s most memorable lead on the disc during the drifting section of the song. Overall this veteran power trio from Texas keeps churning it out with no foreseeable end in sight.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): King's X

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