Fronted by Kristina Esfandiari (previously of Whirr) this doom metal project was founded back in 2009, but remained fairly inactive since 2013. The band released the Degrida/Sick Bed cassette at that time and followed it up with the Dove/Fond Affections in 2014. Strictly speaking, the band is found within the doom metal subgenre but there are some quite interesting psychedelic tendencies and shoegaze influences in King Woman’s music. What comes as a result of this is that the band merges an old-school doom metal way of thinking with a more modern, call it “post-doom” if you like, attitude. All these sides come together perfectly in the band’s newest EP, Doubt, coming out from The Flenser.
What is the most powerful aspect of King Woman in their latest incarnation is their huge guitar sound. The guitars manage to create a dense sonic veil, surrounding you in the process. Even though this is not the first time such an implementation is being heard, with drone bands applying such methods for years, in the case of Doubt it does create an uncomfortable and even suffocating element, but instead it has a soothing effect on the listener. Even when the instrumentation is minimal, as is the case with “Candescent Soul,” the band still manages to bring forth this feature of their sound. At other moments of course, they will crush you with the sheer density of their sonic wall, as they do in “King of Swords.”
King Woman - Doubt - LP
- Label: Flenser Records
- Title: Doubt
- Availability: In Stock