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King Creature, Gibson Showrooms, London

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Words and Pictures: Andy Rawll
9th November 2017

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This new signing to the burgeoning Marshall Records label played a taut and raunchy set promoting their impressive debut album 'Volume One'.

Despite the album title, volume controls were set closer to eleven as the gnarly rockers powered through a diverse and accomplished set of songs from the anthemic slow-burn of single 'Can You Forgive Me' to the crunch'n'sleazy album opener 'Lowlife' and the tastily dynamic 'Fortune Teller'.

Their brand of blues-based Metal recalls Black Label Society with Matt Vincent on six-string zakk-attack complementing the eloquent controlled aggression of guitar foil Dave Evans. Yet, bassist/vocalist Dave Kellaway's voice has an assured Staley-esque tone of his own and invests verve and spirit into every song.

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Jack Sutton's cultured aggression at the drum-kit completes the band of four that have risen rapidly since their formation in 2015 in the far south western reaches of our scepter'd isle.

With two years' apprenticeship of festivals and support slots (including Megadeth and Down) now served, the quality of their Abbey Road-produced album and consummate live performance show that this Metal creation is ready for its coronation.

Indeed, two weeks later the band guested at the BBC Introducing...Amplify event, where naturally Marshall had a loud presence, with the main stage hosting the bands from its record label, including feisty and anthemic guitar and drums duo Rews, razor-sharp and melodic power trio Reigning Days.

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Here, King Creature appeared in unplugged mode, as they were due to fly to China the following day on a week-long mission to deliver volume to the masses. Although shorn of electricity, the evident power of the underlying songs remained and proved that the commercial appeal of the band can extend to beyond the Metal hordes.

With tour dates already accumulating, 2018 is shape-shifting up to be the year of the creature.

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