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Album Review

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.

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"Please come home.....Mr. Bulbous"

I was introduced to King's X a little late in their history, however they became one of my absolute favourite bands! Just the right mix of melodic stuff, metal, great guitar, interesting vocals...etc. BUT,when I heard this album I was kinda surprised. It wasn't the usual King's X a way. Evidently the band decided to make a change in a more up to date modern fashion...on my first listen I said "Hmmmmm, this is really different!" Not quite sure what to make of it. But each subsiquent listen proves that this is a REALLY fantastic record from a band that is not afraid to try something different.....and pulls it off quite well! A++++ in my humble opinion!

Eclectic stuff

Not my favorite work by X, but on the whole it is an adventure to the ears. Some great stand out guitar work and a great assortment of style on the whole.


But still amazing. Like most King's X albums, the first spin is not what you had in mind from them. Completely different than any other album put out. This album shouldn't be held as the oddball by any means. Doug and the crew experiment with alter tunings and more "modern" styles but somehow still remain true to their fans and themselves and ofcourse their tone and quality of music. If you still want more understanding to how "different" this album is compared to their others, the titles of the songs should say it all.


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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