Celebrating the official release of the self-titled debut ep from North Carolina’s King Hitter, Metal Injection has premiered the first video by the band for the song “Feel No Pain.” Featuring vocalist Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion of Conformity) and his Leadfoot band mate, guitarist Scott Little, the ep is available now via Itunes, Amazon, FYE, and other fine outlets throughout North America. European release is set for April 6.
“King Hitter means so much to me as it represents the first metal release I have been involved with since Corrosion of Conformity’s Blind album came out on November 5, 1991,” asserts Agell. Examiner.com notes in a glowing review of the ep, ““it sounds as if the frontman hasn’t missed a beat since first killing our ears back on Blind… He rips and tears through each of these King Hitter jams with a renewed sense of vigor and palpable musical passion.” AngryMetalGuy.com says, “the band knows how to sell it, and Karl owns it completely, sounding sincere as hell.”
Taking their name from the 1975 song by Australian pop icon Stevie Wright, King Hitter introduces the band to heavy music fans globally. Working with producer James Lugo (Fuel, Matt Sorrum, 311), it features five comfortably familiar yet fresh sounding tracks that showcase the band’s highly tempered chops. The band will perform a hometown show this weekend at Southland Ballroom in Raleigh alongside ASG plus Drill And the Hell No before Agell and Little connect with current COC drummer Reed Mullin for a cross-country trek with their other band, COC Blind. Agell says, “it will be a month long US tour where we will performBlind in its entirety.
The video for “Feel No Pain” was created by Michael Dickinson. He notes, “”as soon as I heard the song I knew that the accompanying visuals had to be just as strong and forceful as the track. “Feel No Pain” is tough and mean, who is tougher and meaner than the likes of Warren Oates, Charles Bronson and James Coburn? The video is a celebration of bad-ass and heroic; I hope it does justice to this great song.” About the song itself, Agell says it is “a homage to triumphant, big heavy metal,” shares Agell. Throughout the tune, there are lyrical ‘Easter eggs’ which pay tribute to many of the great bands that paved the way (Motorhead, Priest, Sweet, Aerosmith, AC/DC, etc). In the same way, this video collage highlights some of our favorite moments from action classics like Tombstone, Runaway Train, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, Bloodsport, Deathwish, and many more. Charlie Bronson helps make this King Hitter go down smooth.” View the video HERE
Tickets for Agell’s tour dates with COC Blind, including two King Hitter performances, are on sale now.
COC Blindwith Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel:
4/10 – Tricky Falls, El Paso TX
4/11 – Gas Monkey Live, Dallas TX
4/12 – Empire Control Room & Garage, Austin TX
4/13 – Scout Bar, Houston TX
4/15 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
4/16 – Revolution, Amityville NY
4/17 – Palladium Downstairs, Worcester MA
4/19 – Marlin Room/Webster Hall, New York NY
4/20 – Sound Stage, Baltimore MD
4/21 – Agora Ballroom, Cleveland OH
4/22 – Crofoot, Pontiac MI
4/23 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH
4/24 – Mojoes, Joliet IL (King Hitter)
4/25 – The Rave, Milwaukee WI
4/27 – First Avenue, Minneapolis MN
4/28 – Granada, Lawrence KS
4/29 – Summit Music Hall, Denver CO
5/01 – Studio Seven, Seattle WA
5/02 – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland OR
5/03 – Regency Ballroom, San Francisco CA
5/04 – House of Blues, W. Hollywood CA
5/05 – Marquee Theatre, Tempe AZ
Agell sang on Corrosion of Conformity’s break out album, Blind. All Music Guide calls it, “one of the most important heavy rock albums of the decade.” The album was the 115th inductee into Decibel Magazine’s Hall of Fame. Decibel editor Albert Mudrian notes, “you’d have to be deaf, not to mention blind, not to recognize Karl Agell as one of the greatest metal vocalists of the past 25 years.” Agell is involved with COC drummer Reed Mullin’s supergroup Teenage Time Killers. The album, as reported by Rolling Stone, will be released via Rise Records in 2015.
King Hitteris available on cd and digital download via Restricted Release; distribution in the US via RED Music, Canada via Sony Music, and Europe via Plastic Head Music.
Karl Agell – vocals
Scott Little – guitar
Mike Brown – guitar
Jon Chambliss – drums
Chuck Manning – bass