Something special and very intriguing is happening out in Rochester New York. That is where the fast rising three piece band known as King Buffalo roam. The bands sound is not easily defined and does to fit nicely into one category of music. They shape shift through many elements of sounds and genre. On the bands social media pages they define themselves as heavy blues, psychedelic and stoner Rock. In my opinion though, that is selling themselves short. I also have to admit, I can’t really get the pulse of what their sound is. I love that about them. If I were forced to throw out names of bands that I find in the same wheel house I would say, All Them Witches, Tool, and The Well. King Buffalo are masters of melody and layers and have already made a name for themselves with their previous releases “Orion” and “Longing To Be The Mountain.” They also have an killer little EP tilted “Repeater” under their belt.
On March 20th King Buffalo will release yet another great record called “Dead Star.” The album features six songs that are nothing short of epic. First off, I have to say the album as a great sound and a wonderful mix. The drums sound fat and punchy, The bass cuts through and the guitar as all the fuzz and balls you could wish for. The albums kicks off with “Red Star” parts one and two and its a sixteen minute journey. The low end rumble and bluesy guitar riff grabbed my attention right away. It just builds so much tension. Drummer Scott Donaldson tribal style drumming work creates such a cool dynamic. When the guitar hit its first big ring out followed by the big drum roll I literally dropped a “fuck yeah” out loud. Sean McVay’s guitar work is brilliant and his vocals fit so well. The bass playing by Dan Reynolds is the glue that holds it all together. What a way to start an album!
The albums second track “Echo of a Waning Star” as that All Them Witches vibe to it. I dig the quirky little guitar riff its built around. The vocals sound great and sit in the pocket perfectly. Again, Reynolds kills it on bass. King Buffalo then shift sonically into “Ecliptic” which starts off with some extremely epic synth work. The song beats along under the synth in an almost action move suspense thriller vibe. Think Rocky fighting zombie Vikings.
“Dead Star” then really hits high gear for me on “Eta Carinae.” This is by far my favorite track off the album. The band clicks on all levels on this one. The feel on “Eta Carinae” and push are badass. I love the guitar riff and triplet style to it. It shuffles along with a James Bond vibe to it. The twin guitar solo work is brilliant and Donaldson kills it on drums. “Eta Carinae” on the surface level sounds like a simple song but if you listen closely there is a lot of little details going on that all build on each other. The song then slams hard into a Tool style riff and McVay’s vocals fit over the top like a glove. The sabbath style lead on guitar is a very nice touch. I also love how the band pounds you into submission with the riff while some synth work chokes you out.
The album then down shits into the title track “Dead Star.” This song has folk vibe to it and features some great acoustic guitar work. The song builds like a swell with layers being added to create a . The different guitar parts work so well together. This track is a bold and brilliant way to end the album. It gives a conclusion to the story that is “Dead Star” in a way. I really dig this album and this band. I highly suggest you check them out and if you get the chance catch them live. King Buffalo are defiantly going places.