Orange County’s Speaking the King’s released their debut album Carousel on October 16, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. With 10 songs and right around 35 minutes, the band has definitely introduced themselves to the musical realm with a bang. When looking into the band, you might find them classified as metalcore, or hardcore or something along those lines. But don’t pigeon-hole this band, as Carousel is sure to have something that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.
The opening track Breathe hits hard and heavy and also highlights the versatility of Bobby Burap’s vocals. He can pull off a mean growl and smoothly transition right into a sweet melodic line. With the following tunes, such as Choke, Caught in the Middle and Liar Liar, the band throws in some pop-punk before pulling you right back into the mosh pit. Even in the midst of heavy, hard and fast guitar riffs, the music always seems to have a refreshingly positive twinge that can be missing in a lot of music these days.
The album closer, Close to Impossible is the longest song on the album at only 4:16, so Speaking the King’s hops from song to song quickly, keeping the momentum going all the way to the end. The album will be over before you know it and you will definitely want to go back and listen to it again immediately.
Speaking the King’s is definitely a band to put on your radar immediately. Carousel is a solid debut release that leaves you wanting to catch a live show and experience the energy in person. So check their schedule and see when they will be coming to a stage near you and pick up or download a copy of Carousel now!