New Music Premiere: The King Is Blind – The Deficiencies of Man

The Deficiencies of Man TKIB



Ghost Cult Magazine is proud to bring you the US première stream of the debut EP from The King is Blind, The Deficiencies of Man (Mordgrimm)! Featuring veterans of the UK death, doom and grindcore metal scenes, TKIB is a fist right to the guts musically and is a wake up call to fans waiting for an injection of life in a scene that is slowly regaining steam of late. The band counts among its ranks former members of bands such as Cradle of Filth, Entwined, and Extreme Noise Terror, so their pedigree checks out on paper. What about the music? Deficiencies of Man is a holocaust of brutality encompassing many classic touch points of underground metal with a unique and modern voice. The band just played a weekend of shows in the UK to showcase the new material, including an impressive turn at Bloodstock Open Air on the Sophie Lancaster Stage. The EP releases officially on September 1st.


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The Deficiencies of Man details:
Recorded, produced and mixed by Tom Donovan (Telepathy, Dingus Khan) at Tom Donovan Studios, Essex (UK).Mastered by Tim Turan (Emperor, Marilyn Manson) at Turan Audio, Oxford (UK).

Label: Mordgrimm
Catalogue Number: GRIMM48
Barcode: 5023903273468
Distributed by Shellshock

The King Is Blind are:
Lee James Appleton – Guitars
Steve Tovey – Vocals/Bass
Paul Ryan – Guitars
Barney Monger – Drums

Promo 2013 (Demo) – 2013
Bleeding the Ascension (Demo) – 2014
The Deficiencies of Man (EP) – 2014






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Bloodstock Festival 2014 Preview


Following hot on the heels of the two big guns of the heavy metal festival season (Download and Sonisphere), the increasingly impressive Bloodstock, held in the lovely grounds of Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England looks set to have a glorious weekend, if its stellar line up of legends and contemporary metal is anything to go by.


Bloodstock has grown a fearsome reputation as the most metal of the metal festivals and this year’s line-up is no exception, covering all the bases you expect and some bases that you didn’t think needed covering but have been all the same. Anyway, everyone at Ghost Cult is getting hugely excited for what should be a very memorable few days.


Friday is packed to the gunnels with some choice options so it will definitely be a case of running between stages if you want to try and fit it all in: Krokodil, Rotting Christ and Winterfylleth are names worth marking on your clashfinder spreadsheet. There’s likely to be a lot of love and a lot of circle pits for Hatebreed; there won’t be many faces not adorning corpse paint for Dimmu Borgir but if you wanted to lay a bet, then the suffocating heaviness of Triptykon or the dirty, southern charms of Down are likely to slug it out for band of the day.


Saturday is likely to be none more black. There has been a near year-long salivating at the prospect of the return of black metal legends Emperor, who headline the Saturday night main stage with Ihsahn and co promising a blackened gallop through their classic opus In the Nightside Eclipse as well as plenty of other surprises. Unmissable, really. It’s not all about them though: Carcass are currently in rude health, Shining are likely to shake the hangover from you with ease but the prospect of seeing Crowbar pummel riff after glorious riff is likely to be worth the entrance fee alone. Elsewhere we will be checking out The King is Blind, The Mercy House and, hell yeah, HellYeah.


Thrash metal legends Megadeth get to close the festival on the Sunday but there is more than ample support from everyone’s favourite Vikings Amon Amarth, festival stalwarts Saxon and Graveyard are always worth 30 mins of your time. If you need more inspiration then you could do worse than checking out Northern Ireland’s Stormzone or the industrial influenced Avatar. Honestly, there’s piles more: it’s gonna to be a classic. See you in the circle pit or, given my advancing years, the seats near the bar.


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The King Is Blind to Release Debut EP on Mordgrimm Label

TKIB Promo B&W


UK merchants of the extreme, The King Is Blind will release their debut EP on the Mordgrimm label this August. Dubbed with the foreboding title ‘The Deficiencies of Man’, the release will coincide with their appearance on the Sophie Lancaster stage at the prestigious Bloodstock 2014 (BOA) this summer, for which TKIB was one of the first bands announced earlier this year.


Amongst its deadly ranks the band counts former members of Cradle of Filth, Entwined and Extreme Noise Terror; giving you an idea of the harsh glories about to beset your ears.


Watch this space soon for a stream of their new music, as well as a lyric video by director Sam Scott-Hunter (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon) for the lead off track: ‘A Thousand Burning Temples’, which is currently in production to head the campaign for the EP release.


Self-styled “Monolithic Metal”, with their blistering raw style and bleak tone, the group is already drawing comparisons to legendary acts such as Celtic Frost, but with the touch and heft of the best modern bands.


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Upcoming The King Is Blind live shows (UK):

9 July – Portland Arms, Cambridge (supporting Felix Martin)

7 August – Arts Centre, Colchester (EP release show supporting Fen)

9 August – Bloodstock 2014, Sophie Lancaster stage


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