Kingdom of Magic
SONG THAT GOT US “Gravity Falcon”
ON THE TUBES:MySpace, YouTube
RECORD LABEL: Bad People
WHY THEM? After decades of cookie-monster metal, we’ve been fortunately swept into a post-Wolfmother renaissance: epic tracks abound, with fantastical themes sung by vocalists unafraid to hit the higher registers and send their listeners soaring for the sun. Kingdom of Magic is the sound of ex-hardcore dudes freed from the chains of that format’s drudgerous rules and regulations. Vocalist/guitarist Luke Fairchild releases the wolves, in a manner of speaking, resulting in lengthy hammerdowns that manage to harness the water-treading brutality of stoner titans like Sleep with an almost upbeat and joyous wonder.
BONUS BIT! That band name might be talking Disney, but with song titles like “Serpents,” “Mighty Manatee,” “Fight Like Apes,” “Gravity Falcon,” it’s more likely propping the animal kingdom.