King Potenaz, hailing from Fasano, Apulia, Italy, emerges from the depths of the occult stoner doom metal realm with their debut album, “Goat Rider.” Drawing inspiration from the likes of Sleep, Electric Wizard, Kyuss, Monster Magnet, and the legendary Black Sabbath, the band delves into the dark and mesmerizing realms of heavy, hypnotic riffs and haunting atmospheres.
Witching Chronicles: Exploring the King Potenaz’s Goat Rider
Formed as a result of intense jam sessions in 2019, King Potenaz has evolved into a formidable power trio, consisting of Giuseppe on guitar and vocals, Francesco on bass guitar, and Piero on drums and synths. With a rich background in the local heavy and underground scene, the members bring decades of experience and musical prowess to the table. Giuseppe and Francesco have previously collaborated in black, doom, and drone projects such as Helvete, Moriendoom, and Rius de la Mort, while Piero’s drumming skills have left their mark on punk and hardcore bands like No Exit and Erpice, alongside his electronic solo ventures as PRNX.
Released through ARGONAUTA Records, “Goat Rider” is a sonic journey that encapsulates the essence of occult stoner doom metal. The album embraces the genre’s signature elements, including massive, fuzz-laden guitar riffs, crushing bass lines, and thunderous drumming. King Potenaz displays a remarkable ability to create a dense and foreboding atmosphere, immersing the listener in a haunting sonic landscape.
From the opening moments of the album, it becomes apparent that King Potenaz has mastered the art of crafting slow, churning rhythms that mesmerize and captivate. The weighty guitars intertwine with Francesco’s pulsating bass, forming a solid foundation that reverberates through each track. Giuseppe’s vocals, alternating between haunting melodies and guttural growls, add an additional layer of darkness and intensity.
The tracks on “Goat Rider” possess a hypnotic quality, as the band weaves intricate musical patterns and intricate song structures. Moments of introspection and introspective interludes are juxtaposed with bone-crushing heaviness, creating a dynamic and immersive listening experience. Each composition tells a story, drawing the listener into a world of occult symbolism and mysticism.
King Potenaz’s debut release is a testament to their dedication to the genre and their ability to channel the spirit of the forefathers while adding their own unique touch. “Goat Rider” showcases the band’s mastery of crafting infectious and memorable riffs, expertly balanced with atmospheric passages and raw energy.
For fans of occult stoner doom metal, “Goat Rider” is a must-listen. King Potenaz has delivered a debut album that embraces the darkness, offering a sonic journey that will leave you enthralled and craving for more. Prepare to be transported to a realm where heaviness reigns supreme, and the occult mysteries unfold.
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Released by ARGONAUTA Records on April 28th, 2023
Music source for review – Grand Sounds PR