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Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: King’s X – Three Sides of One (2022)

King’s X returns after a 14 year gap between albums! Same trio since 1983! But are they still good? How will the Judgement fall for Three Sides of One?

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Now I did say September was going to have a solid amount of metal, October may as well because of Spooky Season, so I’ll have to work on ending the year with a more eclectic spread. However, that brings us to this week’s album, the new one from King’s X! By this point you’re expecting some grand serendipity or gap in time from me listening to them, but Nay, they are a band after my own inconsistent interests!

Their last studio album was XV (2008) and that was the last album I listened to once I heard Pray. King’s X is a progressive metal/alt rock style of band, which honestly peaked in the 90s. Dogman (1994) is my favorite album of theirs and many consider it to be the best in their catalogue. Known mostly as a “musician’s musicians”, this trio has heavily influenced many bands and are probably some of the most respected musicians you’ve never heard of. Let’s also not overstate this may very well be the only band that has had the same 3 members and only these 3 members on all of their studio albums. So the longevity has to be worth something since they’ve been a group since 1979 and their first recording in 1983.

King’s X is: Doug Pinnick (Bass, vocals), Jerry Gaskill (Drums, Percussions, vocals) & Ty Tabor (Guitar, vocals)

  • Artist: King’s X
  • Album: Three Sides of One
  • Label: InsideOut Music
  • Total Track Time: 46:42

Let It Rain has a sparse little drum beat with an interesting western/jazz bassline. The song exemplifies one of King’s X’s biggest lyrical themes, and that is; they like to use faith and religious imagery, so wanting the rain to wash the fear away and calling for saviors means this could have something to do with the past few years or just a general call for absolution. It has a nice groove, feels a little boring though honestly. Flood, Pt. 1 even though I don’t love the weird white noise to start with, the rhythm comes in crunchy and nice, before completely flipping into like a 70s psychedelic rock bass groove. The lyrics are insanely sparse in the entire song, and I mean like 8 total lines. But I really like what you would probably consider the hook; “I used to say that all we needed was love, Now I’m thinking that what we need is a flood”, interesting song and continued the wash away/water imagery from the first song. So it definitely works. Nothing But the Truth is a fantastic song. A slow Blues driven song about wanting someone to talk to you, tell you the truth and not having to drag it out of them; “My heart can feel, Oh, a little too much, But oh, in my soul, oh, you have touched, I think too much, Oh, it’s just my fault, I hold it in, and you hold it up”.

Give It Up is funky and groovy and just a great little song. Lyrically it has a very fun almost like funk fused punk vibe to it about not giving up what brings you joy. The last verse is pretty great though; “Life really is a bitch, I’m stupid, is what I’m learning, Some people call me wise, born today and soon be dying, So live another day, that’s the battle it’s true, And if you find your groove, hang on to whatever keeps you”. So it has an obvious lightness in the vocal delivery, positivity and it’s a danceable tune as well so it’s very easy to just bop to this. All God’s Children now is a good time to remind readers that this is not a Christian Rock band. They use faith and religious imagery a bit, but don’t classify themselves in that category. This song however, lingers…is supposed to sound ethereal and probably be evocative to a degree; but I’m falling asleep here. They use hymnal group vocals to transition the chorus into the verses, a bit of acoustic guitar and a weird guitar tone…I like absolutely nothing about this song. Is it offensive to my ears? No. But this is Doctor’s Waiting Room music. Take the Time sounds like something The Beatles or Barenaked Ladies would do. It’s very light, nearly folky with an interesting orchestral ensemble during a portion of the song. I’ll admit it feels a little weird, though their early work did have a bit of Beatles-esque songs, so it’s not a bad song, actually pretty interesting and insightful.

Festival starts off with a megaphone intro and kicks into more of a punk style of tempo. This almost sounds like it could’ve been on the last Billy Talent album. While I think it’s a little jarring to come off two slower tempo songs into more of a punk song, it’s still a groovy song that picks the energy back up. Swipe Up okay this song gives me Promised Land era Queensryche vibes musically. Lyrically it’s all about how fast misinformation spreads because of the internet and how the world has become customizable to your little slice of reality. So you just swipe up to unlock anything you want, because you control your narrative…so to speak. Interesting song with a cool little arrangement. Holidays brings back more Beatles reference since I’m immediately reminded of Because with the arrangement and the group harmonies. It’s not a bad song to get across the passage of time and how people use holidays and weekends as goalposts to satisfy the lie that is the monotony of life.

Watcher definitely has this feeling they were going for a song that could fit on Dogman or Ear Candy, and sonically it hits that 90s alt rock sound, but the lyrics are a little too abstract. Also due to how abstract the lyrics are the song feels very open and not well defined. So when it ends it just drifts into the silence instead of feeling like a complete thought. She Called Me Home a song that feels weird. Lyrically it’s about something happening, so the tragedy possibly calling the singer home even though they were told to go pursue other things. We definitely hit the real thinkers of songs that are vague enough to allow the listener to relate to it how they want. Which there’s something insanely clever about that, but also a bit frustrating from my perspective. Every Everywhere we return to more of the Beatles/indie approach to rock music. While I can appreciate the sentiment of “ The whole world is crying for love, Every, everywhere”, it’s a bit too optimistic and idealistic for my liking. So it’s one of those songs like a 1st grade play would sing and you’d say ‘that’s adorable’.

Let me start my summation with getting across, just because I said they peaked in the 90s doesn’t make them bad now. They have shown a great level of consistency in musicianship and of course a steady lineup helps. But peaks and valleys happen, can’t fight the facts. As for this album, I was pleasantly surprised and will admit that the album does get better after a few listens. Now that’s not to say I don’t have issues. The fact that the middle songs in the album jump around a little too much from tempo to tone and it ends with kind of a questionable wet fart; I’m just conflicted in my feelings.

Musically nothing was offensive and Three Sides of One is a clever analogy to the fact they’ve been a trio for nearly 40 years and you could almost break apart the song styles into 3 types (Prog Metal, Alt Rock and Beatles-esque). So you got a little bit of everything everywhere, but it just didn’t quit seem to fit all the time. Still a good album, and even though Doug Pinnick has said King’s X was never a profitable band; I think they’ve shown they still have a solid enough grasp on who they are to make some quality music.

 

Final Judgment: 7/10


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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (6/21/24)

The clock is ticking.

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Time keeps on slipping (slipping slipping), into the future…!

It’s almost time again for Termina Velocity! HPW is busting out the stop watch for some real special matches to determine the future of wrestling!

 

That’s right, HPW is heading back across the border to the wild, wild west of wrestling! Synchronize your watches, because July 4th will see some serious fireworks!

 

HPW has a special twist to the Beat the Clock Challenge!

Another six competitors will battle against each other and the clock, but no one knows who they’re facing! The six worthy candidates will be notified and shuffled to make for three incredible match-ups! And in the end, whoever wins the fastest will be THE #1 Contender to the Undisputed HPW Triforce World Championship, having their title match with Link at Treasure Island in August! Who will be lucky enough to be chosen? And who will be even luckier in the match card draw?

 

Arrow Club takes aim at TSDQ!

As Fin Balure, The Young Ducks and the rest of the Club tried to help Yunobo take the title from Link, Groose led the charge in stopping them. The Studly Don’t Quit, but if you ask Arrow Club, they’ve picked a fight with the wrong ones! So HPW management has decided that if Arrow Club wants payback and TSDQ wants a title match, they can do both at the same time! The Zora Rock ‘n’ Rolla will take on The Skyfall Stud 1v1, but with a golden opportunity on the line! Will TSDQ get their shot at the HPW World Trios Championships? Or will they be crossed right off the list?

 

The Gerudo Ace has his hands full with this one.

The Dark Forces made sure Kevin Gibdo wasn’t screwed over by The UnderWorld Order, but it was the Masked Monster that came for payback backstage! He just went right after Ganon, it was a pull-apart, and yet Ganon is willing to give Majora a match? Yes, but it is under special circumstances. Ganon is all about honoring Termina wrestling, having faced TCW legends before. But now he wants to bring out something special from Termina wrestling history: The Carnival of Time!

In this special timed match, it will be six rounds, three minutes each, and the first to two falls wins! A disqualification or a knockout ends things immediately. If neither competitor reaches two points by the end of regulation, the points leader wins by default, but a tie goes to the incumbent champion, Ganon. Honoring the past, fighting for the future, will Ganon reign forever? Or will his time run out? We find out on July 4th, at the Great Bay Coast in Western Termina!


My Thoughts:

Realized doing one event in the middle of a month when the next one is meant to be for the start of a month is tricky so I needed to hustle on this. But since the Beat the Clock Challenge matches are purposefully short, I should be alright to get five matches done in just two weeks. See you late night on July 3rd for a Fourth of July publish!


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Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (6/18/24)

C’est la vie!

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Fallout from Wrestling Is Life!

Wrestling Is Life, and part of that life is you win some, you lose some. We hear from the stars of HPW in the aftermath of this new June event!

 

After the HPW Death Mountain Championship Open Challenge.

Ganon & Cia find Ghirahim backstage.

The Gerudo asks The Living Blade, “What happened? I thought you were gonna challenge Thunderbird!” Ghirahim says he was. Didn’t they see what happened back here? No, what did happen? Ghirahim says it was a mad dash, several dozen wrestlers trying to reach gorilla, but he was pulling ahead because of his great parkour skills. Ganon knows about that, right? He’s seen Ghirahim do the leaps and the kongs. Ganon has no idea what he’s talking about. Well, anyway, Ghirahim was just feet away, and then WHAM! Something hit him from the side and sent him flying into road cases! It was… It was HER!

Ghirahim points at Tali of the Gerudo Sisterhood! Ganon asks if that’s true. Tali shrugs and says yeah. Though a lot of good it did her, she still missed out on the match. Ghirahim says serves her right for getting in his way! And he warns her it better not happen again. Oh? And what’s he gonna do about it? Tali and Ghirahim stare down, but Cia says now’s not the time for that. For one, she has her match next. Tali chuckles and says Ghirahim’s lucky “Mommy” was here. Tali leaves, Ghirahim seethes, but The Dark Forces head out. Will the Dame of the Dunes scale Death Mountain again in the near future?

 

After the HPW Goddess Championship match.

Cia returns backstage.

We know that the Dark Sorceress did not win the title off Ruto, and she is in a foul mood. She kicks a trash can and keeps shouting, “Dammit! Dammit, dammit, dammit!” Cia shrieks and storms off. Well, we know her mood won’t improve with the next match…

Ruto returns backstage.

The Arrow Club applauds as the Zora Princess returns victorious. Ruto thanks them for their praises, but it was never in doubt that she would win. “Now, you boys better do your part out there.” Fin says of course. By the end of tonight, the Arrow Club will be golden. Arrow Club all has confident smiles on their faces as they head back to the locker rooms.

 

After the HPW World Trios Championships match.

The Dark Forces regroups.

Ganon is there as Volga, Zant & Wizzro return. He is clearly disappointed by their loss. “Seriously? Didn’t you guys win Blood & Thunder? How did you lose here?” Volga says Zant kept doing his own thing instead of sticking to the game plan! Zant says he was just calling audibles based on what he was seeing. He needed to call an audible when Volga was going for a Frog Splash? Ganon tells them to stop arguing, and says they clearly need to figure some things out, maybe make some changes. Ganon leads the group away, what changes could he mean?

Arrow Club regroups.

Ruto, Torbevito & Scaly applaud as Fin Balure & The Young Ducks return triumphant. Fin says, “What’d I tell ya?” Ruto says yes, he was right. And also, their “gift” is ready. Ooh~! Alright then, they’ll make sure to talk to you-know-who when the time is right. Torbevito says, “His name’s Yu-no-bo, dude.” Fin sighs and says he knows that, Torb, he was trying to keep it on the downlow. Oh…! Fin ushers Arrow Club out of gorilla position and back to the locker rooms.

 

After the Million Rupee Championship match.

The Dark Forces regroups, again.

Kevin Gibdo returns with the title belt, and Ganon says, “Finally, something to celebrate! Good on ya, Evan.” It’s Kevin. Whatever! Point is, they can call him champion now! Ganon pats Kevin on the back, but Zant points out it took “the rest of us” to help Kevin since the uWo showed up. “Rest of us?” Volga repeats. “Where were you out there?” Ganon has them stop arguing again, but he does agree that Zant’s one to talk. Just focus on the positives. Things are looking up for the group, they’re gonna keep this going through the Summer. But then MAJORA JUMPS IN!? And he goes right after Ganon!!

The Dark Forces tries to stop Majora but he fires off on all of them! Ganon BOOTS back, Majora staggers into the cameraman, and then Ganon shoves Majora at the table! Ganon fires off hands and beats Majora down on top of the water bottles! Referees and producers rush in, they get Ganon to back off, and he warns Majora to watch himself. The refs tell Ganon to get outta here, and he says fine, he’s leaving! But then TORPEDO MAJORA!! Ganon goes down in a heap against Volga and Wizzro! Majora says Ganon better watch himself! Majora storms off, is he going to terminate the HPW Termina Champion?

 

After the HPW Triforce World Championship Steel Cage match.

Arrow Club returns backstage.

All of them are upset, and Rick asks what “those marks” were doing running out there to attack them. Mack says, “The Studly Don’t Quit? More like The Studly Don’t Think! The Studly Don’t Know What They’ve Gotten Themselves Into!” Torbevito says that’s a lot of letters for a team name. Mack says, “Shut up, Torb!” Then Yunobo storms in, and he pushes past Arrow Club to get right in front of the camera! “LINK! You can o’ green beans with legs! You think you proved anything by jumpin’ off the top of a cage?! You only proved you’re not afraid o’ HEIGHTS! Yeah! You thought you bled tonight, you thought you survived? DIG IT!

“You may feel good right now, but later on, you’re gonna WISH that you hadn’t made it through the night, YEAH! Do you know who yer messin’ with? Yer messin’ with ME! The Macho Goro, Yunobo! GOODBYE!” Yunobo storms off and the Arrow Club is in awe. Torbevito is ecstatic as he says “It’s working! It’s totally working!” Ruto gives him a smack on the shoulder and says, “Shh, Torb, shh!” Fin says, “Now that guy is gonna be a champion!” Arrow Club follows after “The Macho Goro,” will this savage new attitude help him steamroll through the HPW roster?


My Thoughts:

OOOOH YEAH, time to finally reference one of the true greats. I doubt I’ll really capture the “it factor” of Randy Savage but I’d be remised if I didn’t try. Also, I needed to set up something for the Termina Championship so there, Majora just goes after Ganon because he’s crazy and unpredictable and also Majora threatened to destroy Termina in the Zelda games so it was only a matter of time. Pun not intended.


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