"Deathkings is a 4 piece band from Los Angeles, California combining elements of doom, sludge, post-rock and ambience in their music. In 2012, the album "Destroyer" was co-released with Midnite Concoctions (Midnite Collective)"
Released March of 2016, All That Is Beautiful is an epic undertaking. Consisting of only four songs, all over ten minutes in length, you'd anticipate that this album would have moments of drudgery. You'd assume that you could just sort of let the music fade into the background while you wash dishes or build a Lincoln Log house.
Thankfully, this is not the case.
All that is Beautiful is my first experience with Deathkings' music, so I'm not familiar with how they got to where they are. That being said, I like the geography they occupy. Deathkings give themselves room to breathe on this album. The songs take on a natural flow, creating deep, atmospheric spaces. As these songs percolate, the landscapes they conjure keep you drawn to listen further. There are slow, sludgy doom elements throughout, but the tempos change just when you need it most. Vocally, harsh elements permeate these tracks, complimented by clean, melodic, somber interludes.
Deathkings clearly didn't set out to make a standard metal album, and the quality of the tracks presented are evidence of that. All that is Beautiful is a dark, powerful work of art. You will need to give it multiple listens to fully appreciate the music that's been created here. If you are a fan of heavy, complex, moody, experimental and maybe even slightly depressive metal, I strongly advise giving this album a try.
I give this album 4 out of 5 savage brain hemorrhages.