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After nearly a decade struggling for recognition, Houston's King's X finally obtained a record deal with Megaforce Records, issuing their debut Out of the Silent Planet in 1988. The band's unique sound combines Beatles-esque vocal harmonies and melodies with heavy guitars, complex arrangements, and singer Doug Pinnick's incredible, gospel-tinged voice. After the space age intro of "In the New Age," one is swept away by the ethereal beauty of album highlights "Goldilox," and the driving "King," where the band comes closest to revealing their Christian beliefs. The drum intro and main riff of "Far, Far Away" mark another remarkable moment, but this is an astonishing record from start to finish, with further kudos going to "Wonder," "Shot of Love," and "Power of Love."

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Buy It, Love It, Pass it on!

A fantastic debut by this severely under-estimated trio. Power rock with melody and amazingly Beatle like harmonies. Lyrically Christian but don't let that stop you buying some of the best melodic metal from the late eighties. Check out Goldilox, Power of Love, and King. This album is only possibly surpassed by the magnificent Gretchen Goes To Nebraska. Buy it, Love it and pass the message on!!

pass it on.

put this onto blank discs,leave it on the bus/train wherever spread the word,this is one fantastic album from start to finish,my wife and daughter are into take that and all that other sh't.but as soon as king comes on they are up jumping about the house,saying why cant all your music sound like this,i said good music always sounds better when your drunk.


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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Out of the Silent Planet, King's X
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal, Hard Rock, Prog-Rock/Art Rock
  • Released: 15 March 1988

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