This is what happens when you mix poetry and Metal.
King 810 has seen it all. From the violent and crime ridden streets of their home city of Flint Michigan, all the way to touring with Slipknot, Korn and Tech N9ne all around the world and they’ve taken their autobiographical album Memoirs of a Murderer to share with us all.
Even though they officially formed in December of 2007 in Flint, the members of King 810 David Gunn (Vocalist), Andrew Beal (Guitarist), Eugene Gill (Bassist) and Andrew Workman (Drummer) had been playing for a while before hand and had already gained many loyal fans. After years of working the Metal scenes and building their notoriety it all finally paid off when they were approached and signed by Roadrunner Records, which eventually lead to the release of their debut studio album Memoirs of a Murderer.
What hit the world on the 18th of August 2014 was Heavy Metal poetry and an emotional journey into the very souls of the band, telling the rough story of life in Flint MI as seen by the four men.
While ‘Fat Around the Heart’ kicks it back up a notch with its anger and aggression, definitely a blood pumper. While I could go on about every track since they are all amazing, I have to mention ‘Write About Us’ since it’s the one that tugs on the heartstrings as David Gunn lists stories of friends and acquaintances, keeping their memories alive.
King 810 was introduced to me by fellow Ronon’s Reviews writer Derek AKA Norman Voorhees and I’m still thanking him for that. They have quickly become one of my favourite go to bands when I need something to listen to.
While researching them for this piece I even learned that they still care for their home city by releasing the single ‘We Gotta Help Ourselves’ to raise both money and awareness for the toxic water crisis of Flint Michigan, as well as teaming up with a local Flint clothing store to create unique T-shirts where all proceeds go to Flint Child & Health and Development Fund.
Those two acts of charity alone really blew these guys up in my mind and given they melded the sounds of two of my all-time favourite bands (Korn and Slipknot) to create their own version which is awesome and really sold them to me.
Even though King 810 is only just starting out in the music world they’ve already made headlines and shock waves, I suggest you keep an eye on these guys as I see them being the next big Metal thing.