Over the course of the last seven years, Bay Area’s King Woman have crafted a sound thoroughly their own – a sound that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of doom. Their forthcoming full-length Created in the Image of Suffering (due out February 24th via Relapse Records), picks where their debut EP (Doubt; 2014, Flenser) left off while expanding on their sonic palette with a profoundly crafted opus of dirgey, ethereal doom-rock.
The album’s first single, “Utopia,” provides a sneak peek at the album’s seven compositions and can be streamed below.
Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden in Palo Alto, CA. Each song evokes rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental torment, King Woman truly suffer to create their art.
King Woman will tour throughout 2017 in support of Created in the Image of Suffering – dates listed below with many more to surface shortly along with more songs off of the album.
Created in the Image of Suffering Track Listing:
February 17 Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
February 24 Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge
February 26 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
March 14 Brooklyn, NY @ St Vitus
April 21 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn