As the band get ready to reveal their debut EP in the UK on April 6th, we feature King Hitter
Taking their name from the 1975 song “Black-Eyed Bruiser” by Australian pop icon Stevie Wright, King Hitter properly introduces this special Raleigh-based five-piece to the world. Featuring vocalist Karl Agell (ex-Corrosion Of Conformity) and his Leadfoot band mate, guitarist Scott Little, the James Lugo (Fuel/Matt Sorrum/311) produced ep features herculean songs that are comfortably familiar yet fresh and new, it showcases the band’s tempered chops. In a recent interview Agell shared, “I remain proud of the work I did with Corrosion of Conformity and Leadfoot. That satisfaction has always led me to wonder if I would ever feel the same achievement that I still have for the Blind album. I finally have my answer to that; let me introduce you and the rest of the world to the real King Hitter.”
King Hitter made their live debut at The Pour House in Raleigh on June 13 and followed it up as a performer at NC MetalFest alongside 22 other bands a month later. Event organizer Tony Leonard said, “King Hitter are classic 70’s hard rock/metal with a modern edge. This is one of my favorite releases at the moment. A totally awesome band.”
Agell sang on Corrosion of Conformity’s break out album, 1991’s 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.” Outside of King Hitter, 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 and features a host of guests including Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor, Jello Biafra, and more.
Karl Agell – vocals
Scott Little – guitar
Mike Brown – guitar
Jon Chambliss – drums
Chuck Manning – bass
There is more about the band coming up on Tuesday, with Andy’s review of the EP on Wednesday.