During a recent appearance on Talking Metal, Doug “Dug” Pinnick offered an update on the new King’s X album. According to him, the effort has already been mastered and it will be released in 2022.
Pinnick said the following:
“It’s been mastered. It’s at the record company, and they’re starting the campaign. We’re taking it slow ’cause we’re trying to figure out with this whole COVID thing and all the things that are happening. We wanna put the record out without a lot of distractions and getting sick on the road or just all the controversy. We just wanna wait a little bit longer and do this right.”
He continued when asked about the musical direction:
“Every song is completely different than the other — mixed and sonically; everything. We took every song and tried to do like THE BEATLES ‘White’ album and just sit down with a song and go, ‘Let’s give it what it needs.’ I don’t have to have my Doug Pinnick gravelly tone if I need a Paul McCartney-type sound. Ty [Tabor], he would fix his guitars to make… ‘This is like a whatever song. Let’s make it what it is but still be KING’S X.’ So I think that it sounds like KING’S X but hopefully everyone will feel that we took another step forward. The whole point is just to try to push forward [while] still looking back. There’s a lot of things on this record that are reminiscent of KING’S X totally, but then there’s this new KING’S X, I think. Sonically, we’re really excited because it’s a complete analog record except with Pro Tools. It was laid down with analog — everything — and it was mastered on analog tape and even EQed with analog tube EQs to saturate the tape to get compression instead of digits. So there’s no digits on this record. So when you hear it, it’s gonna take you back a little bit. It sounds like you put a real record on in the ’70s, sonically. It’s, like, things jump out at you, and then they don’t. It’s, like, you go, ‘Wow, the bass is huge, but I can hear everything else,’ ’cause you can put your hands in it, almost. [Producer and engineer] Michael Parnin just did an amazing job — a painstaking job — to get it to sound like a record that you can put on and play forever.”
He also added the following about release plans:
“2022. That’s all we can really say at this point. Because we don’t wanna commit to something ’cause we just don’t know what’s going on. People have waited [laughs] so long. It’s terrible, but hopefully good things come to those who wait. ‘Cause we haven’t put a KING’S X record out in 13 or 14 or 15 years — I lost count.”