DESTRUCTION OF A KING at the Cobalt Café, November 5, 2010
Hotfoot Records is a truly independent hardcore label based out of the East Coast whose roster has included the likes of A Girl A Gun A Ghost, Ambush!, and Change Today. Recently added to the label has been Destruction Of A King from the Los Angeles area, who are already beginning to make an impression outside of the City Of Angels. It was Day One of their current tour, with their first stop being a headlining show at the Cobalt Café in Canoga Park on a Friday night.
The usual problems plagued the start from the show, with a few bands dropping off without any notice whatsoever – this included the mysterious no show of the co-headlining band Monuments from Colorado – who I was really looking forward to seeing.
The always-dependable Embrace The Legend played for over an hour, showing why they are one of the best up and coming hardcore bands in the San Fernando Valley. Mata Hari performed a dynamic show and brought in a good deal of kids as well. And it was great to see everyone stay to check out what Destruction Of A King had to offer – and what an impressive performance it was!
Destruction Of A King may be young, but they perform with a great deal of passion and energy. After a brief introduction, the band burst into heavy sounds of Corrupted State of Mind, instantly sending the Cobalt pit into a frenzy. Up next was a tune called Dirty Diana – not the Michael Jackson classic – but am original song about “sluts” in the scene that appeared to be a big favorite with the crowd.
Another highlight of the set was I’ll Keep Flying, a song of anthem-like proportions whose positive message and thrilling sing-a-long choruses sent the material soaring. Closing out the set was All Day Everyday Fantasies, a powerful song about sexual addiction whose provocative lyrical content is sure to be talked about in and outside of the hardcore scene.
The musicianship found within Destruction Of A King is absolutely first rate, featuring larger than life breakdowns and resourceful instrumentations from all members involved. And then there’s lead vocalist Alex Portugal, extremely charismatic and superbly impassioned – bringing a mesmerizing sense of urgency to the proceedings.
Although they may be a fairly new band, Destruction Of A King is destined to become one of the most respected and talked about entities on the American hardcore scene today. If dynamic live performances and their exceptional self-titled debut EP on Hotfoot Records are indications of things to come, one can only expect greatness from these Angelinos. Be sure to go out and support these guys when they show up in your hometown.
The Destruction Of A King lineup is Alex Portugal on vocals, George Michael Gonzalez on guitar, Cory Wells on guitar, Justin Marino on bass, and Mark Concuan on drums.
Massive respect goes out to John from twoHEARTS Promotions for always taking risks on underground touring bands and giving them a place to practice their art.
(Review and Photo by Kenneth Morton)
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