Indus Valley Kings
With the release of the ‘Origin’ album, Indus Valley Kings takes a fresh approach to a fuzztone alternative rock style. Laced with addictive melodies, massive guitar sounds, and plenty of character, the record boasts the aesthetic of grunge and desert rock anthems.
The first single "...And the Dead Shall Rise" is a tasteful and infectious song built with dark blues rock tones that lets the song show an edgy but catchy style.
"We have really jelled as a band since our initial release; Jonathan had only been in the band a short while when we recorded our debut (Indus Valley Kings, 2021). The songwriting has become more ambitious, and we knew exactly what we wanted when we entered the studio to record 'Origin'. Additionally, our vocal harmonies have really developed. We don't adhere to any formula or trends, and we all contribute to the songwriting process. Additionally, many of the songs on 'Origin' grew out of jams during rehearsal," explains the band of their evolution in releasing music.
Although the single speaks volumes for the release, to get a full understanding of where Indus Valley Kings is really coming from, the full album is a must hear. The band traverses through many styles of music during the nearly 60-minute release. Stoner, doom, metal, grunge, psych, punk and hard rock all make their presence known.
The three native Long Islanders of Indus Valley Kings - Billy Fridrich (guitar, vocals), Jonathan Lesley Habers (bass, vocals), and Danny Lofaro (drums) - had honed their skills in several Long Island bands prior to forming Indus Valley Kings in late 2018. Billy had been the founding member of Caves of Utah and Axis/Orbit, as well as a member of Signal the Sun, Eight Feet Deep, Celestial and Calculated Risk. Danny played drums for Visigoth, Steel Pony, Soul 69, Feast of Friends, POG and Last Taboo. The band finalized their lineup with the addition of Jonathan in 2020. Jonathan was the bassist for Mos Isley, Gravity Check, Mutha Funkas, The Warm Hair, Placid, Girls on Cocaine, Against the Gods, The Lunacy Commission, Negative Reaction, The Mad Owls, Last Taboo, Headchaser, and the New Blood Boilers.
The Indus Valley Kings sound has been compared to Kyuss, Corrosion of Conformity, Helmet, and ‘70s era Black Sabbath. The band has toured extensively on the East Coast of the U.S. They released their debut album, which received extremely positive reviews and garnered Indus Valley Kings devotees across the globe, in 2021.
Their recently released sophomore album, ‘Origin’, released on June 8th, 2022, is a testament to both the band’s growth as well as a tribute to their influences, and has been met with enthusiastic reviews and high praise. Harbinger of D.O.O.M.: "As with their eponymous debut, Origin will be a permanent staple on my metal/doom/stoner playlist and it should undeniably make it to yours. Pick up this gem of an album and let the Kings take you on a trip you’ll want to retake over and over." CaveDwellerMusic.net: “Overall, I was even more impressed with this second release than the band's debut, which is saying something because I thought their debut was fantastic. If you want quality heavy/fuzzy music with a unique twist to it, then this is the album for you.” Musipedia of Metal: “The Indus Valley Kings are under no illusions about their influences…Sabbath worship is replete in these darkened corners of the metal world; what sets these Kings apart is that Iommi's tone isn't the be all and the end all; it's merely the starting point for the Indus Valley King's unique brand of mythic, revelatory Desert-Doom.”
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