“Promised Land simmers in its cinematic splendour; shots of stunning, untouched landscapes juxtapose a narrative concerning the corruption of organised religion, a theme that is reflected in the tune itself.” themusic.com.au
Melbourne rockers The Ugly Kings are all set to drop their highly anticipated debut album, Darkness Is My Home, on Friday, April 13 via German label Kozmik Artifactz.
The band have just released a very tasty video for the albums first single, Promised Land.
Watch it here!
‘Promised Land is about the false promises that are preached to us by the charlatans of our society (politicians, big business, etc…). It’s about the pipe dream they sell us to keep us in servitude to the 1%, to keep us slaves to the dollar and material things.
There is nothing at the top of the ladder, except another ladder. The Promised Land isn’t the destination we get sold, it’s inside of us.‘ – The Ugly Kings
Darkness Is My Home is available for pre order now! With three incredibly cool vinyl versions, CD and Digital
The Ugly Kings are part of the recently announced Meltdown Festival and will play the Brisbane event on Saturday, May 26 @ The Crowbar.
The Ugly Kings, featuring Devil Electric guitarist, Christos Athanasias, are four powerhouse blues rockers drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background.
They offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues.
Their catchy riffs and foot stomping rhythm lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals.
The Ugly Kings have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour in January 2017 with great reviews and Airbourne’s main man Joel O’Keefe saying of the band;
“Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power.”.
They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on their first Australia headline side-show in Melbourne during the Black Sabbath ‘The End’ World Tour & were asked directly by Papa Roach to open for them on both their Melbourne shows in January this year.
The Ugly Kings are Russel Clark (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitar), Nicolas Dumont (Bass) and Andy Alkemade (Drums)
The Ugly Kings are for fans of The Doors, Jack White, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Rival Sons.
PRAISE FOR THE UGLY KINGS
“What they delivered was something that I was not ready for. A sound that is almost indescribable. It’s as if a mash up of all my favorite artists had been put into a blender and formed this delicious “power sludge bluesy stoner rock”. Elements of the classics such as Zep, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sabbath, Danzig and a touch of Bowie were mixed in with the modern sounds of The White Stripes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Kylesa & Wolfmother. I was in heaven!” Rogue, Inc.
“Loud, heavy, slightly-sludgy classic rock meets blues with a modern bend, played by a band that swaggered about the stage with a distinct, but subtle, air of cool. By the end, Sydney was more than happy to learn words on the fly and sing along when the front man held his mic over the mosh. The Ugly Kings are well-versed in the art of restraint, they know when to move and make the crowd get on their feet, and when to step back and let the music do the talking.” Australian Guitar
It’s not often you see a band have the crowd so excited and receptive by the second song in the way The Ugly Kings do with such an original sound. Only to be described as The Ugly Kings! Ryan O’Keefe (Airbourne Drummer)