Formed this year and from London, Goblin King describe themselves as Death N’ Roll. The line-up is: King (vocals), Beast (guitars), Sin (bass) and Jester (drums). This EP is their debut release.
Blood, Drugs & Death n Roll is the lead track into this power-packed five song release and the title tells you everything you need to know about the next two minutes twenty two seconds. Even though there are no surprises with what this quartet do it is undeniably fun and just makes you want to get up and let loose. Razor guitars, monster rhythm and dirt-powered vocals make this song an instant winner: it owes so much to groups like (early) Motorhead and Discharge, etc. It is an unapologetically unbridled release of in-your-face energy which shows an assurance and belief throughout this release. Next up is the eponymous Goblin King and even if it does sound similar to the previous song it manages to win the listener over without too much effort – let’s face it this is music that isn’t about anything but being up in your grill. Both of these tunes have an instant impact and each have a memorable chorus, they are infectious in a way pop tunes are but you won’t catch Little Mix covering anything Goblin King do too soon. For the third piece on offer 667 jumps into your ears and we get some Metal cheese and it still has the tunefulness that has so far filled this EP. By now, if not before, it becomes obvious that this is not only music to party to which is riddled with classic chunky, beefy riffs but also that there is the possibility for some definite creativity to seep into the music at a later stage. This song has a breakdown where things actually quieten down and this is repeated as the outro – the inner artiste is being allowed to show itself on this track. Eye Of The Storm follows on quickly enough we we’re back to listening to the power and energy that started this EP. Again, a rush of Metal and Punk greets the listener although this time we hear something which doesn’t include even a faint whiff of anything milk related. Opening with a burst of feedback, it heads out on an unstoppable course and motors along kicking up the dust and dirt. You know what’s going to happen but it feels good to know there aren’t going to be any wild tangents in the songs – it delivers what you need at every turn and you just want it to keep going. The song closing this début is a little disappointing not for the music but the lyrics, Death Sti-XXX is what you think it is about. Goblin King can easily drop this sort of thing and just head out with what the four other tunes do, up to this point they don’t appear to be puerile. They don’t need to be mature just think about providing something that a venue full of people won’t feel stupid screaming their heads off to. Shame about that, but…
I feel like I probably spoiled this review by saying early on about Goblin King having an approach not too far removed from Motorhead and Discharge (and anything else of a related sensibility) but this is an EP and a group about which you can say: it is what it is. It rocks along and gets under your skin and just sounds like fun. They may go towards the clichéd and predictable but there is no denying that Goblin King have a certain wide audience appeal (popular) and may be viewed by ‘serious’ Metal fans as having no place in a ‘serious’ music collection but this EP will sell more than a few copies and grab the attention. Love them or hate them this is a group that people are going to talk about.
Newly formed London Death'N'Roll group Goblin King are about to release their debut EP later this year. With a combination of hard-hitting attitude and songs this promises to be a group who will make an impact whether people like it or not.