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Please Come Home... Mr. Bulbous

King's X

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By switching from Atlantic Records to the smaller Metal Blade label in 1998 for their Tapehead release, King's X was finally able to call their own musical shots without having to worry about coming up with the "big crossover hit." Their second release for their new label (and eighth overall), Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous, shows that this veteran band still has plenty of gas left in the tank. If you're a fan of the band's heavier and slightly darker direction of recent times, then Mr. Bulbous is for you. Although it starts off with one of their weaker album openers, "Fish Bowl Man" (especially when compared to such stellar past opening cuts as "We Are Finding Who We Are," "Dogman," and "Train"), King's X quickly picks things up where they left off with such outstanding melodic heavies as "Julia," "She's Gone Away," and the mysteriously titled "Charlie Sheen." While most prog metal bands of the late '80s/early '90s have struggled with their musical direction by the dawn of the millennium, King's X remains true to their longtime vision with Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous.

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Few hard rock bands are as widely respected yet criminally overlooked as King's X. The trio (bassist/vocalist Doug Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor, and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill) seemed destined for the big time with their irresistible blend of melodic Beatlesque harmonies, metallic riffing, and prog rock detours, yet for reasons unknown, never truly broke through to a mainstream audience. Pinnick (b. September 3, 1950) first met Gaskill (b. December 27, 1957) when the duo was touring with...
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