Seven years into the life of King Woman and the world will soon be receiving a full-length record. On February 24, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Oakland four piece will release Created In The Image Of Suffering. You can already cross it off your buy list now up for pre-order (digital, CD, and vinyl) in partnership with Relapse Records who signed the band earlier this summer.

The first preview pummels forth from the starting line on “Utopia.” In line with previous singles, the aurally haunting Kristina Esfandiari guides you through a barrage of dead-waking guitar and cymbal crashes. Colin Gallagher (guitar), Peter Arensdorf (bass), and Joey Raygoza (drums) create a doom-laden sound that repeatedly hits hard enough to never allow the dust it knocks off the walls to settle. Personally, I’ll be looking forward to finding another sprawling hypnotic number in the vein of “King of Swords” on the new record. It, like a handful of others that you’re likely to hear live, will leave you feeling just lost enough by the time your ears stop ringing.


The seven-track album (tack one on if you buy the digital version) was recorded locally at The Atomic Garden with Jack Shirley behind the wheel, whose 2016 credits include the equally great WORRY. by Jeff Rosenstock and Rheia from Oathbreaker. On the live front, word of more tour dates to be added still looms, but the Bay is in the clear with Starline Social Club to host the album release show.

Support in the ballroom will include post rockers Unconditional Arms who are deep in recording mode but have emerged to showcase “Carcinogen.” The track to be included on the band’s yet-to-exist second record will be pushing 100% of the proceeds of the single’s purchase into Ghost Ship relief. Rounding out the Oakland-centric bill is Petheaven, whose song collection Fruit of Paradise is currently up for grabs on Bandcamp. And if you feel like creating a caravan behind the headliners from a safe distance, they’ll be hitting Sacramento and Los Angeles the following week.

King Woman, Unconditional Arms, Petheaven
Starline Social Club
February 17, 2017
8pm, $15 (21+)