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King's X Biography

Originally formed in the college town of Springfield, Missouri USA, this Hard-Rock trio comprised of Chicago born bassist+vocalist Doug Pinnick, he was already in his thirties when he met Mississippi native guitarist+vocalist Ty Tabor, then just 18 and Jerry Gaskill a 22 years old drummer+vocalist from New Jersey. In the early '80s, the threesome began playing cover tunes as The Edge, becoming Sneak Preview in 1983. Two years later the group were lured from Springfield to Houston by the false hope of a management and recording contract; they also changed their name to King's X and after several attempts, the band finally scored a deal with the independent Megaforce label.

After eight years struggling for recognition in March 1988 Pinnick,Tabor and Gaskill released their long-awaited debut album, "Out Of The Silent Planet"; critics and musicians took immediate notice of the band's unique blend of vocal harmonies with muscular riffs mixed with a positive sometimes spiritual theme and the record deservedly cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart, peaking at #144.
In the summer of 1989, the track "Over My Head" from "Gretchen Goes To Nebraska", received a moderate amount of airplay on active-Rock stations; the band found even more widespread favor with critics and fans alike and their sophomore album entered the U.S. Top 200 chart at #123.
King's X's third album, "Faith Hope Love", was the first LP to break the top 100 of The Billboard 200 list, due to the success of the single "It's Love", it crested at #6 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks giving the band a career-best chart placing in the process; the trio toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe in support of the album opening up for notable acts such as AC/DC and Living Colour.
Their eponymous fourth release and the first issued by Atlantic Records in March 1992, wasn't as successful as its predecessor failing to break the top 100 of the Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart; however, the lead single, "Black Flag" peaked at #17 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
Two years later the trio resurfaced with "Dogman", the album was considered a break from the norm of King's X, where vocal harmonies and musicianship still were the key, Pinnick handled the lead vocals for the entire album which hit #88 on The Billboard 200 thanks to a line-up of sold out shows including an appeareance at the Woodstock 1994 festival and a brief tour opening for Pearl Jam; the album's title cut eventually managed to crack the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock list.
The next release, 1996's "Ear Candy", didn't rise higher than #105 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and failed to produce a hit single; not long after the group parted ways with Atlantic who would issue one more release from the band a year later, "Best Of King's X", which featured reamastered tracks, three unreleased compositions and a 10-minute live version of "Over My Head", recorded at Woodstock II.
Ty Tabor released a solo album at the start of 1998 and a few months later Doug Pinnick launched his solo project, under the alias Poundhound; however King's X put out their seventh studio album and first for the Metal Blade label, "Tape Head", in October 1998.
A year later Tabor was involved in the ambitious recording project Platypus, with John Myung former bassist for Dream Theater.
King's X's second release for their new label, "Please Come Home...Mr. Bulbous", arrived May 2000.
"Manic Moonlight" followed one and a half year later cracking the top 20 of the Billboard Independent Albums chart; to support the release, the trio decided to embark on a fall 2002 arena tour opening for Dream Theater and Joe Satriani.
May 2003 saw the release of "Black Like Sunday", the set was a retrospective back into the days when the trio was in their infancy and it was the first album which the band issued on its own Brop! label.
Two years later the innovative heavy-Rock trio returned with its eleventh studio record, "Ogre Tones", it inched into the top 30 of the American Independent Albums list; "Alone" was the single released off the CD, but tanked.

King's X releases a new studio album, entitled "XV", in May 2008 through InsideOut.


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King's X pictures:

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    clockwise from bottom left: Jerry Gaskill, Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor (late '80s)
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    King's X 2005