To Kill a King: The Spiritual Dark Age

The Spiritual Dark Age

(To Kill A King)
Release Date: 
Friday, January 12, 2018

A solid third album with haunting lyrics and beautiful compositions.

I first heard To Kill A King several years back with their song "Bloody Shirt" and I was intrigued.  I thought I'd made one of those unique discoveries of a classic band that somehow eluded me.  Lead singer Ralph Pelleymounter has the voice of an aged and experience folk vocalist, I would never have guessed that it was coming from a twenty-something year-old.  Now, To Kill a King have returned with their third outing "The Spiritual Dark Age", a dark and seemingly forboding warning to a world quickly descending into chaos.  
The leadoff self-titled track has a catchy verse leading to an even more addicting chorus, promising a sharp turn from TKAK's earlier work.  Pelleymounter has ascended as a songwriter and is one small break away from challenging Mumford and all his sons for British folk rock "it" band.  "Spiritual Dark Age" leads into "The Unspeakable Crimes of Peter Popoff", a seemingly upbeat and happy song until to delve into the lyrics, singing of the horrid religious scam artist Peter Popoff (whom, surprisingly, is back at it again after a lengthy conviction).  The next 7 tracks follow the same darker theme leading into another bright spot in "My God & Your God" which continues the sorrowful subject of society's loss of morality.  The best (and longest) track on the album "And Yet..." is truly the definition of saving the best for last.  The vocals go off track from what fans would normally expect of TKAK with a hauntingly beautiful instrumental to close out what will surely be one of the best under the radar releases of 2018. 

Do everyone a favour and grab this gem so you can say you were in on the ground floor before they are the next big thing.

Recommended Tracks:
"And Yet"
"Spiritual Dark Age"
"My God & Your God"
"No More Love Songs"


To Kill a King made their U.S. touring debut supporting fellow British rockers Bastille in 2013. The two bands are returning to the stage in the UK on Bastille's sold out "Reorchestrated" tour in April of 2018.

Peter Oberth
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