Already from their debut, ‘Memoirs of a Murderer’, it was clear that King 810 is not your average metal band. The follow-up, ‘La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God’, came to confirm the truly special and undefinable character of this group. Whatever loans the first album had, mainly from Slipknot, have been integrated into the King 810 sound, which is now unmistakable. It’s a hybrid; groove metal songs followed by quiet, atmospheric confessions, over complete silence or even trumpet solos. As if Machine Head and Nick Cave made a split record, or Nine Inch Nails and Tom Waits wrote music together.
The common ground between the two faces of King’s musical identity is none other than the performance, or rather the preaching, of mister David Gunn. The lyrics are once again inspired by life, death, crime and love in the streets of Flint, Michigan. They are unlike anything you’ve ever heard or listened to in your life.
The only thing I would modify is the tracklist; The album slightly loses its punch towards the very end. Other than that, and since the band appreciates French, chapeau.