Single Review: King Kraken – Green Terror

The momentum continues to build for South Wales monsters King Kraken with the release of their second single from their much-anticipated debut album MCLXXX. There’s a temperature building in the valleys with the band now picking up support slots to the likes of Fury and Monster Truck ahead of their planned launch show on 28th January at the Redhouse in Merthyr Tydfil.

Green Terror” is a groove-laden track that sees the band expand their sound further following the first single “Haddonfield 78” which was released on 31st October. It kicks off with a compelling riff and the thunderous drumming of Richard Lee Mears before expanding into another huge sounding song. Pete Rose’s steady rhythm guitar work combines with Karl Meyer’s rock-solid bass, providing the platform for Adam Healey’s fluid and expansive lead playing. All the while, the prowling front man Mark Donoghue is giving his trademark roaring vocals.

It’s a song that really demonstrates the band’s development into a cohesive and organic writing machine. It’s mature, professionally delivered, and catchier than covid on a geriatric ward. There are some lovely flourishes from Healy, the driving riff is infectious and the way the song evolves is simply fabulous. The band retain their heaviness with the excellent production (Romesh Dodagonda) aiding the crispness needed. It does need to be played loud to get the full effect and it works magnificently when blasted through a decent speaker.

We are now on the run in and having heard the album, I can only say that 2023 is going to be the year of the Kraken. Until you get the opportunity to get your listening gear around MCLXXX, it’s “Green Terror” with its inventive and hilarious video that will get you through those cold winter nights.

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Green Terror is out on December 12th

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