Doug Pinnick Says King’s X’s New Album Will Be Released In 2022

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.”

[via Blabbermouth]

King’s X Frontman Doug “dUg” Pinnick Premieres “Key Changer” Video

King’s X frontman Doug “dUg” Pinnick has premiered a new video for his new song “Key Changer.” This track is from his new solo album “Joy Bomb,” which will be released on October 15. Pinnick commented:

“The idea of this video was just to have fun and be goofy. Hopefully it will brighten everyone’s day.”

King’s X Frontman Doug “dUg” Pinnick To Release New Solo Album “Joy Bomb” In October

King’s X frontman Doug “dUg” Pinnick will be releasing a new solo album, titled “Joy Bomb,” on October 15. He said the following about that:

“‘Joy Bomb’ is a collection of tunes I’ve been writing for the last two years. The pandemic has made me go deeper into myself and how to deal with everything and everyone in a new way. These songs are all about truth the way I see it, and I’m thankful that at 71 I can still make music that hopefully matters. ‘Joy Bomb’ is my latest offer.”

“Joy Bomb” Track Listing:

01. “Jon Boy”
02. “A Long Way From Home”
03. “Key Changer”
04. “Equally Divided”
05. “I Can’t Fight This Feeling”
06. “Like A Wolf”
07. “Social Distancing”
08. “Love And Fear”
09. “Long Live Love”
10. “Slaves”
11. “The Poison”
12. “Making Sense Of The Bones”
13. “Like A Wolf” (Reprise)

Doug Pinnick Says King’s X Don’t Want To Release Their New Album Until They Can Tour Again

During a recent interview with Shawn Ratches of Laughingmonkeymusic, Doug Pinnick offered an update on the new King’s X album. According to him, the band don’t want to release the effort until they can tour again.

Pinnick said the following about the record:

“I brought 25 songs in. And Ty [Tabor, guitar] and Jerry [Gaskill, drums] brought a slew of songs in, too. We got 17 songs out of the whole record. We’re not gonna put ’em all on the record, but we have a lot to choose from now. And Michael Parnin, who produced it and engineered it, he’s mixing it right now.”

He went on to say that “it’s gonna take a good while” to complete the effort:

“Because of the pandemic and the uncertainty of touring and all that stuff. ‘Cause who knows — at our age, this could be our last record. And we wanna do it right. We don’t wanna just put it out there in the middle of the pandemic and hope somebody buys it. We wanna put it out, go on tour and do videos. I mean, do it like we’re supposed to do it. So we’re telling our fans to just kind of be patient with us, because we really, really are hoping that this is as good as [1994’s] ‘Dogman’ and [1989’s] ‘Gretchen [Goes To Nebraska]’, which is what everybody wants. But it’s not a rehash of it. In fact, this record doesn’t sound like either one.

I think that we worked really, really hard on this record, like we haven’t since the early days — around ‘Gretchen’ and ‘Dogman’. I can tell it in the songs, how we’re all singing and everybody’s contributing to it. They’re not just doing my songs, and I’m not just doing Ty’s songs. We’re really putting ourselves into it.”

Pinnick also added the following about the musical direction of the new material:

“I had some pretty crazy songs, time-change-wise, ’cause I’ve been listening to a lot of MESHUGGAH and shit like that. It’s not KING’S X, but that flavor comes in. Imagine John Bonham playing with MESHUGGAH… But Ty and Jerry are singing a lot too. I tell people, it’s like from [THE BEATLES’ classic song] ‘Penny Lane’ to the heaviest MESHUGGAH — it’s a blend of something in between there. And one song to another almost sounds different, almost to the point where they’re individual pieces themselves, like PINK FLOYD used to do. We’ve got violins and other things in it. I’ve got some keyboards and all kinds of things to enhance things — piano. Nothing overboard, but just like [Jimi] Hendrix did and people like that — big things coming in and out that gives it that longevity, I would say. Things that you hear and go, ‘Oh, wow. That’s cool.’ That little thing over there. So it’s taken Michael a long time to mix it, ’cause he’s got a lot of tracks.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax, Testament, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Perform At “Ultimate NAMM Night 3”

The lineup has been revealed for the NAMM edition of “Ultimate Jam Night.” The event, which is called “Ultimate NAMM Night,” will take place on January 18 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom and it will include an all-star jam featuring: Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Doug “Dug” Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daises, etc.), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Kat Dyson (Prince), Divinity Roxx, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, etc.), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Michael Spencer (Flotsam And Jetsam), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dilana, Tiffany, and more. The concert will also feature full band performances from Jack Russell’s Great White and Hurricane.