Amsterdam metal quintet FOR I AM KING have announced the release of sophomore album I on 7 December via Redfield Records.
I is 10 tracks of ferocious modern metal where chaos and aggression are equalled with precision and finesse. The album introduces the concept of the ‘I-factor’, a 3.0 variant of the much sought-after X-factor. I is the ninth letter of the modern Latin alphabet, it has importance in the fields of mathematics and chemistry, I is the symbol for electric current and is an abbreviation for international. For FOR I AM KING, the ‘I-factor’ lies in the combination of the musical components: modern, complex, furious but catchy metal with infectious melodies and uniquely aggressive vocals.
01 Prey 3:39 02 Forever Blind 3:59 03 Home 4:07 04 Misery 5:21 05 Invidia 1:41 06 In Flames 4:07 07 The Reaper of Souls 3:36 08 Devotion 4:11 09 In Memory 3:32 10 Havoc 3:58
On the new material, guitarist Koen Scheepens comments:“When we started writing the new material, we absolutely did not want to limit ourselves to musical genres. After a while we gradually noticed that we were able to include everyone’s personal taste and ideas into the unity that ‘I’ eventually became. The result is a new face, in which the old one, our debut album ‘Daemons’ (2016, Redfield Records), is still visible. ‘I’ is certainly still metal, influenced by bands like IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, DARKEST HOUR, ARCH ENEMY or KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, but it’s more accessible than our first EP ‘Revengeance’ and more contemporary than ‘Daemons’. ‘I’ sounds familiar, refreshing and characterizes the growth of the band – as friends and musicians.”
Bassist Jurgen van Straaten comments on the overarching theme of I:“Only I as a person can influence the choices that I make and only I am directly responsible for the consequences of these choices. Whether this choice is good or bad. There is good and bad in everyone of us and it is up to you to choose how to live your life.”
I features and socially engaged lyrics and themes, and some that are inspired by personal experiences, in particular the childhood of Persian front-woman Alma Alizadeh in Iran. “I lived in Iran until I was 11 years old and then had to flee to the Netherlands with my mother – the new song ‘Home’ finds its inspiration there. The Persian art style Qajar served as the main inspiration for the artwork of ‘I’. We have tried to translate the lyrics into a number of stylistic images. On the album cover you see a king (the I), next to him a woman (as the source of life) and on the other side you see death. In the artwork and in other expressions of For I Am King, the colour gold is a recurring theme. For us, gold symbolizes the transition of the soul of a bad person, that’s filled with greed, hatred and selfishness, into someone who puts passion, virtue and love high on his banner.”
FOR I AM KING will be touring relentlessly through 2019, dates to be announced soon.