One thing you can’t accuse Virginia deathcore newcomers To Be A King of, and that is sitting around, waiting for things to be handed to them on a plate. Formed a short five months ago, the band have already inked a deal with Imminence Records and have just issued Fear Not, their debut EP, a five track slab of symphonic deathcore that certainly rates up there with the rest of the deathcore scene.

Reminiscent of the kind of brutality Bring Me The Horizon were peddling in their early days, Fear Not is a polished, precise barrage of breakdowns, crunchy deathcore and harsh, guttural vocals. Raging through the five tracks that make up this EP, the symphonic twist added into the mix certainly fills out a sound that is already bursting at the seams with mosh-friendly, bouncing riffs.

Sadly, as with most EPs, Fear Not is over before you really get chance to settle into it but, on the evidence of the colossal closer, “Forgiven,” To Be A King certainly have the prowess to match the stack of big ideas bouncing around their heads and should certainly be marked as “Ones To Watch” in 2015.

Track Listing:

01. Plagued
02. Fear Not
03. Arkaik
04. Desolation
05. Forgiven

Run Time: 17:10
Release Date: December 9, 2014

Check out the album ‘Fear Not’


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