Kingdom of Giants - Abominable EP
Record Label: Outerloop Management (Unsigned)
Release Date: January 25th, 2012
Kingdom of Giants is a hardcore band from California consisting of six people. Originally known as the band Hello Sailor, they decided to switch to the name Kingdom of Giants. What a proper name it is. These guys have the potential to be something massive in the now over-saturated hardcore/post-hardcore scene. Their debut EP, Abominable, shows glimpses of this greatness. Just enough to get you hooked, but not enough to make this an amazing score.
How is it?
Stephen Rezza. This is the name that you will hear in the months to come among the "screamo" scene (assuming of course that Kingdom of Giants gets signed; which I will bet money on will happen by the end of 2012). Stephen is literally what makes this band a cut above the rest. The screams, lyrics (for the most part) and the guitars (although there is some decent shredding in there) are all generic. Imagine that Scott Barnes, the vocalist for In Fear and Faith, suddenly got up and became the new vocalist for August Burns Red, or The Air I Breath. Some of you may shudder while others may think "That is......interesting *turns toward the camera* BUT IT MAY BE JUST WHAT WE NEED" While Kingdom of Giants doesn't have as good of a song structure as ABR and isn't as good, technicality wise, as TAIB, the mix of hardcore generality with that type of crisp, clean, Johny Craig/IFAF'esk vocals is something very fresh that I haven't heard before.
I don't mean to make this vocalist seem like an angel sent from heaven. Stephen is no Craig Owens or Johny Craig; at least not yet. For now Stephen is playing it very safe. It seems he is fine with just making his voice sound good and getting Kingdom of Giants on the map.
If Kingdom of Giants would add some variety to, not only the vocals, but also to the actual music, they would fly up the hardcore crowd so fast that every giant in the hardcore scene would be knocked on their ass in the take off (see what I did there?). Even if you hate the band, at least you will be treated to some badass album art. That's always fun...right?