Two years in the making, we finally get our earholes pleasured by the debut album of Georgia-based metal/hard rock band Them Damn Kings. And holy shiza, it was well worth the wait! Very gritty and hard-hitting guitar riffs with very bluesy undertones. Vocally it’s hard to pinpoint who to compare them to, but I would compare the vocals to the grunge style (sort of reminiscent of Layne Staley) and at some times Black Label Society.

Honestly, there isn’t a song on this album that I’d skip. This is a very solid album all the way through. Find it interesting how they were able to spice it up throughout the album yet remain solid.

Take a small sliver of punk with the song Dickweed. Sprinkle in some grunge metal with ball-crushing tunes like The Pill, Tell Me Why, Fields Of Fire, and Good Enough. Then, add some heavy-hitting metal tunes like Rise Up, Compromise, and their cover of Sunshine of Your Love.

And with those ingredients, you’ve got Them Damn Kings. Can’t wait to hear more from this marvelous band!!

Rating: 8.5/10

Review by: Mike Usenick