Whirr, Black Math Horseman, Ides of Gemini, Black of Mice, Windhand, Pallbearer
July 30, 2021
Some artists are content to play a similar sound throughout their entire career, yet some need to push their creative boundaries and that is what happened when Kristina Esfandiari stepped away from her shoegaze band Whirr and formed King Woman to explore a more doom and post-metal sound. This year has King Woman returning with her sophomore album ‘Celestial Blues’.
‘Celestial Blues’ is an album which comes out of the traps with a nice crushing sound that would rattle the speakers right down to their core with a primordial soup of doom, post-metal and even elements of shoegaze. Musically, ‘Celestial Blues’ does what it needs to do and whilst it promises to go beyond its remit, it really doesn’t leave the comfort of its safety zone leaving the album to be a little predictable. However, the accolades here do go to Esfandiari who demonstrates that she has some serious pipes on her, able to soar melodically one minute and power home the next. This means that ‘Celestial Woman’ has all the appeal of Black Math Horseman, Ides of Gemini and Black of Mice to more established acts such as Windhand and Pallbearer.
There may not be anything new, unique or even massively exciting here, but ‘Celestial Blues’ is the sound of King Woman still finding their feet and there is so much potential here that can be unlocked if the band can find the right key.
there is so much potential here that can be unlocked
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