Tuesday 7 February 2017

Kingnomad - Mapping The Inner Void (Album Review)

Release date: February 24th 2017. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Mapping The Inner Void – Tracklisting

Lucifer's Dream
Nameless Cult
Whispers From R'lyeh
The Witches Garden
The Green Meadow Part 1 & 2
She Wizard
The Waiting Game

Band Members

Mr Jay – Guitars and vocals
Andreas – Drums
Marcus – Guitars and psychedelia
Maximilian – bass and backing vocals


Swedish Doom/Stoner Rockers Kingnomad new album – Mapping The Inner Void - is their first album for powerhouse record label Ripple Music and is one that will appeal to fans of Black Sabbath and Uncle Acid. Kingnomad create a similar sound to Uncle Acid though they opt for a more structured Occult Rock sound with elements of sixties style Psych Rock.

Opening track – Lucifer's Dream – is your standard Doom/Occult Rock sound but Kingnomad add vocals that sound very familiar of fellow Swedish Doomsters Ghost. It’s a very soulful and psychedelic track that allows Kingnomad to add different elements of Doom Rock/Metal. The organ playing adds a nice touch towards the end of the song.

Second track – Nameless Cult - is where Kingnomad start to fully impress with creepy soundbytes and eerie lyrics sung against a vintage Doom/Occult rock score. It’s quite heavy with the familiar classic hard rock moments allowing Kingnomad to experiment with their sound.

Third track – Whispers From R'lyeh – is a change of pace as Kingnomad play a slowly played doomish song with semi-acoustic moments set against a lone female voice. The song moves up a gear when the band decides to play heavier and faster riffs.

Fourth track – The Witches Garden – is very blues rock influenced compared to the other songs. It has a classic sixties style psychedelic edge where the vocals impress from the start. The doom and gloom atmospherics allows Kingnomad to have some devilish fun on the album. It has a progressive folk rock feel at times as the band creates one of the albums standout tracks.

The final three songs – The Great Meadow Parts 1 & 2, She Wizard and The Waiting Game sees Kingnomad not really adding anything new to their sound from their earlier songs. Though it’s quite addictive in parts especially on She Wizard and The Waiting Game.

Mapping The Inner Void is an excellent album and one that will appeal to the majority of the Doom Metal community. Sure it doesn’t offer anything groundbreaking but that hasn’t stopped Kingnomad in releasing a superb and well produced album. If you want an good old fashioned Occult/Doom Metal album with flourishes of Classic Rock and Psych sounds then you can’t go wrong with this excellent album. 

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR for the promo. Mapping The Inner Void will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Ripple Music from February 24th 2017.