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ACID KING, the pioneering Californian doom psych band fronted by the inimitable Lori S., premiere their brand new single “Mind’s Eye” exclusively on Rock Hard Magazin! The song is taken from their eagerly-anticipated fifth album “Beyond Vision”, to be issued on March 24th as part of Blues Funeral Recordings’ PostWax series.
San Francisco-based doom metal giants ACID KING are set to make their long-awaited comeback this spring! Propelled by an undulating, lysergic pulse, their new album “Beyond Vision” launches a new era for the band who built the template for thundering, swinging, trip-inducing heavy. One might even call it a concept album, contemplating interplanetary migration and the winding path of existence. Don’t get it twisted: “Beyond Vision” is undeniably Acid King, in widescreen technicolor and interstellar cinemascope with blistering guitars and swirling power dirges aplenty — the result of a special collaboration between Acid King founder, guitarist and vocalist Lori S., Black Cobra guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian (Black Cobra), bassist and keyboardist Bryce Shelton (Hawkwind) and drummer Jason Willer (Charger, Jello Biafra).
Listen to Acid King’s new single “Mind’s Eye” below:
On the new album’s concept, Lori S. explains: “The band was never really that psychedelic, but this is definitely more trippy because we’ve got keyboards and synthesizers. That’s something we’ve never had before on Acid King records. The songs really have no beginning or end — they all just flow into each other. It’s meant to be listened to as one piece. The whole point was to have the listener feel like they’re on a journey. If you put headphones on, it’ll take you to whatever places you’d like to go to.”
In anticipation of the release, the band recently presented an epic and mind-altering video for “Destination Psych/Beyond Vision”. ACID KING is also confirmed to play a string of live shows and festival appearances this summer, with a full European tour to be announced really soon!
ACID KING SUMMER SHOWS:
June 3 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
Aug 4 – Poolbar Festival – Innsbruck, Austria
Aug 10 – Sonic Blast – Moledo, Portugal
Aug 11 – Alcatraz Festival – Kortrijk, Belgium
Aug 12 – Hoflärm Open Air – Marienthal, Germany
Aug 25 – NOAF – Wörrstadt, Germany
Sept 8-10 – Setembro Negro Festival – Sao Paolo, Brazil
Sept 23 – Ripplefest Austin – Texas
Pre-orders for new album “Beyond Vision” are available now from Blues Funeral Recordings on a variety of limited edition vinyl and cassette formats, as well as CD and digital.
Adopting the nickname of notorious teenage slayer Ricky Kasso, ACID KING came screaming out of San Francisco in 1993 with a sound that fused heavy ’70s proto-metal with the kind of bleary, slow-rolling dirge power being harnessed by their contemporaries in Sleep and Electric Wizard. The band’s 1993 debut 10” was followed two years later by their full-length debut Zoroaster (Sympathy For The Record Industry), which set the stage for a trio of crucial releases on Frank Kozik’s famed Man’s Ruin label. Acid King’s acclaimed 1999 album Busse Woods solidified their reputation amongst a generation of riff worshipers, weed heads and heavy rock enthusiasts. Two decades of hard touring and sporadic recording ensued.
After parting ways with the musicians who played with her on 2015’s Middle Of Nowhere, Center of Everywhere, Lori formed a touring lineup for the Busse Woods 20th Anniversary tour in 2019. At its conclusion, Lori wasted no time pondering her next move. She had been plotting a possible collaboration with Black Cobra guitarist/vocalist Jason Landrian, and the sweeping lockdowns that attended the great plague of 2020-2022 provided the opportunity. The result is Beyond Vision, and it’s unlike anything ACID KING has done before. The 7-song, 43-plus-minute collection was recorded to two-inch tape courtesy of Dead & Company at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California, engineered and mixed by Billy Anderson and mastered by Zach Weeks. Illustrations were created by Marteen Donders, with artwork and layout by Peder Bergstrand.
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