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Palace Of The King Unveil Second Album ‘Valles Marineris’

“AIRBOURNE ENDORSED AUSTRALIAN ROCKERS UNVEIL THEIR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SOPHOMORE ALBUM”

Palace Of The King

Less than twelve months after releasing their critically-acclaimed debut album, Melbourne-based rock n’ roll nomads Palace Of The King are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their second full-length album, ‘Valles Marineris’.

Set to land on 15th July 2016 (via Listenable Records), ‘Valles Marineris’ deepens Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing” (Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut through an all-new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock.

Led by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, Valles Marineris is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.

Vocalist Tim Henwood comments “I feel like we’re really honing in on our own distinctive sound now. I love our early recordings but after travelling around the world and playing over 300 shows in our first three years as a band, we’re growing and evolving. It’s real, it’s from the heart and we can’t wait to let this one out of the box.”

Having always placed equal importance on the visual component of each release, the band once again enlisted award-winning tattoo artist Kristian Kimonides for the album artwork, whose original painting was inspired by the music and lyrics of Valles Marineris.

With extensive tour dates already scheduled in Australia, USA and Europe, 2016 is set to be Palace Of The King’s best and most prolific year yet.

‘Valles Marineris’ tracklist

1) Let The Blood Run Free
2) Beyond The Valley
3) Black Cloud
4) The Bridge Of The Gods
5) We Are The Vampires
6) Empire Of The Sun
7) Sick As A Dog
8) River Of Fire
9) Throw Me To The Wolves
10) Into The Black

About Palace Of The KingFormed in late 2012, Palace Of The King – nameless at that point – quickly recorded a 3 track demo and developed the vision of a 6-piece blues-infused rock and roll band. Far from a grave-robbing retro trip, Palace Of The King has just as much in common with Rival Sons, Graveyard & JackWhite as they do Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath & Deep Purple. Remember when bands released an album a year and toured ’til the wheels fell off the tour van?

Having spent their formative years storming stages in every corner of Australia – alongside bands as varied as Airbourne and The Tea Party – and priming themselves for an international assault, Palace Of The King took their finely-honed live show through Europe in October 2015. Armed with 2 EPs, a full-length vinyl LP and now a second full length studio album; this is a band that has earned their stripes and wear them with pride.

“Palace Of The King is literally like a huge ground shaking Palace of RIFFS, SOUL and Rock’n’Roll.” comments Joel O’Keeffe, lead singer and guitarist of Airbourne. “With more hooks and lines than a hard working Bering Sea fishing fleet they are guaranteed to tangle you up, reel you in and blow you away with their unique six- stringing, soul singing, sexy stomping Rock’n’Roll! They are the real f**kin’ deal ! Crank up POTK!”

In 2015, it was time for the White Bird to take flight. From three minute funk-infused rockers through to seven minute Sabbath-esque crushers, Palace Of The King seized the opportunity to explore every intricate corner of their influences and craft a debut album that caught a band at a point where ‘scratching the surface’ wasn’t nearly enough. 

‘No Chance In Hell’ (music video) – 

‘Another Thing Coming’ (music video) – 

Now in 2016 the band unveil ‘Valles Marineris’  which is set to land on 15th July 2016 (Europe/UK) via Listenable Records. ‘Valles Marineris’ deepens Palace Of The King’s footprint on the international rock music scene by expanding on the “raw, energetic, imaginative and boundary-pushing” (Dedicated Rocker Society) qualities of their debut album through an all- new 10 track collection of blues and psych-infused hard rock. Led by the bruising gospel-tinged riffathon of ‘Let The Blood Run Free’, ‘Valles Marineris’ is both eclectic and unrelenting right through to the final eerie piano fadeout of album closer ‘Into The Black’.

Vocalist Tim Henwood comments “I feel like we’re really honing in on our own distinctive sound now. I love our early recordings but after travelling around the world and playing over 300 shows in our first three years as a band, we’re growing and evolving. It’s real, it’s from the heart and we can’t wait to let this one out of the box.”

The ‘freight train’ metaphor may be overused and stale. But you’d be hard-pressed to find one that is better-suited to a band that has played constantly, released a mountain of music and expanded their markets at such a prolific rate. With extensive tour dates already scheduled in Australia, USA and Europe, 2016 is set to be Palace Of The King’s most productive year to date.

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Palace Of The King is

Tim Henwood – vocals, percussion
Leigh Maden – lead guitar, harmonica
Matthew Harrison – rhythm guitar
Andrew Gilpin – bass
Anthony Troiano – drums
Sean Johnston – keys/organ

Twitter – www.twitter.com/palaceoftheking

Praise for the debut album ‘White Bird/Burn The Sky’

“Unadulterated head-banging nirvana” – Classic Rock Magazine

As featured on Planet Rock Radio

“Listen to this incredibly talented band…their debut album is a joy not to be missed” – Powerplay Magazine

“Antipodean awesomeness…The band are a treat from start to finish” – Fireworks Magazine

“Keep an eye on these guys. They’re going places, and if their future output is anywhere near as good as this, it’ll be one hell of a ride” – My Global Mind

“This album brings some serious swagger to the table” – Ramzine Magazine

“A MUST HAVE ALBUM” – Rock N’ Load

“This is without doubt my ALBUM OF THE YEAR!” – Rock N’ Reel Reviews

“Do not for one minute stop thinking about checking this band out because it would be your loss. It really is that good” – Uber Rock

“White Bird/Burn The Sky is a heavy bruiser of an album” – Firebrand Magazine

“A great album which marries all out rock and roll to a foot tapping funk undercurrent – it looks to the past and drags it into the modern age” – This Is Not A Scene

“With this album, Palace Of The King have combined to perfection the art-form of blues rock with the interesting and unique addition of a 70s Psychedelic feel. Added together with the band’s top drawer musicianship, “White Bird/Burn The Sky” is an album that is an essential purchase” – Metal Gods TV

“A sound as accessible as it is addictive” – Rush On Rock

“Storming tracks filled with huge riffs” – Musipedia Of Metal

“It comes swaggering through your door, high-fiving on its way in like somebody that really wants you to know they’ve arrived at a party” – Maximum Volume Reviews

“This disc is shot through with a genuine loose-limbed slinkiness, it grooves effortlessly” – Midlands Rocks

“I’ll be honest and say I’ve been eagerly awaiting this album after hearing the first single. And am I disappointed? Nope, far from it. This album is for you!” – Rockposers Roulette

“An immense explosion of hard rock” – Devils Gate Media

“POTK are true rock n roll in every sense, in this album they have managed to capture the feeling, the moment of hearing a great album right at the inception… A strong contender for best album of 2015” – Global Onslaught

“Palace of the King, to steal a quote are “the real f**king deal”, of that, there is no doubt” – Lemmys Beard Zine

“This is REAL rock music like it’s meant to be played. Raw, energetic, imaginative, and boundary-pushing” – Dedicated Rocker Society

About Louise Swift

I first went to a gig in 1981, Gillan at Leeds University. I've been a regular gig goer ever since. I haven't kept count of how many gigs I've been to over the intervening years, but it's a lot! My favourite bands are AC/DC then, in no particular order, Anti-Nowhere League, Slaughter and the Dogs, Towers of London and Dirt Box Disco. I tend to like Glam/Punk and rude offensive lyrics, not sure what that says about me but as Animal would say 'So What!' The question was recently put to me - did I write for any online publications? My reply - No, but I'd like to! Planetmosh was suggested and I found myself offering to review Aces High Festival. Easy peasy I thought! Well not quite, if a jobs worth doing it's worth doing well! I had sixteen bands to research. I found I actually enjoyed that and it kept me too busy to be making lunatic comments on Facebook! ;) Then I felt a bit inadequately qualified. I mean, who am I to comment on others, when my musical expertise extends to being able to play a mean Greensleeves on the recorder and a passable Annie's song on the flute! Haven't picked up either instrument for years! What I do have, however, is over 30 years of experience as a gig goer, so I can comment on what I like and what I don't! It's only my opinion and, if I don't like a band it doesn't mean they are bad, just not to my own liking. I admire anyone who has the guts to get up on that stage and have a go!