"Memoirs Of A Murderer", the full-length debut from the Flint, Michigan metal band KING 810, will be released on August 19 via Roadrunner Records. Told in three movements, the CD is the embodiment of vocalist David Gunn's (formerly known as David Swan) life within the pressure cooker of Flint, fired by Gunn's brutally honest narratives and starkly poetic lyricism. "Memoirs" sees Gunn confronting the violence that plagues the streets of Flint, perfectly capturing the despair that infects the lives of those who reside in the belly of the beast. "Memoirs Of A Murderer" is a remarkable journey through the post-millennial American wasteland, terrifying, tragic, and ultimately transcendent.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Kill 'Em All
02. Best Nite Of My Life
03. Murder Murder Murder
04. Take It
05. Fat Around The Heart
06. Treading And Trodden
07. Anatomy 1:2
09. Desperate Lovers
11. Devil Don't Cry
12. Anatomy 1:3
13. Carve My Name
14. War Outside
15. Write About Us
16. State Of Nature
The "Fat Around The Heart" video can be seen below.
According to a posting on KING 810's Facebook page, the case against tGunn in the 2013 critical beating of a man outside of a bar in his hometown was dismissed by the judge. The case against KING 810 bassist Eugene Gill in connection with the same incident was bound over to circuit court. Bond was amended for travel.
KING 810 is scheduled to traverse the U.S. this summer on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival beginning in early July.
Gunn and Gill, both of whom are 28 years old, were picked up at the Detroit Metro Airport on June 12 as they were making their way to the United Kingdom to perform at this year's Download festival. They were charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.
Gill is suspected of attacking a man last October and leaving him in critical condition outside The Loft in downtown Flint. A police investigation led to warrants being issued for the two musicians.
KING 810 stirred up controversy at this year's Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, Ohio by bringing a number of masked men carrying (fake) assault rifles on stage (see video below).
In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, David stated about his hometown: "You will never understand where we're coming from unless you've been here.
"Flint is not one of a kind — there are slums all over the world — but this kind of thing rarely gets expressed by a band that's so involved in a place like this. A lot of people just lie about it, but we're actually here.
"I've seen two people killed this week. I've seen two bodies this week and I'm not the only one.
"We're holding up a mirror. Your environment affects you, whether it's negative or positive.
"This city is wild. There are no police here. It's poverty-stricken, there's unemployment, we have serial killers you won't hear about on TV.
"I can't make anyone understand what I'm getting at. When I sing, 'While you were playing with friends, we were burying men…' do you get it?"
KING 810's "Proem" EP was made available on iTunes on May 13.