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King Company: Queen Of Hearts
King Company - Queen Of Hearts Music Review

King Company: Queen Of Hearts

Melodic Hard Rock/Metal
4.0/5.0

Formed in 2014 by veteran drummer Mirka Leka Rantanen (Warmen, Thunderstone, Kotipelto, etc) Finland's King Company made an auspicious debut with 2016's One For The Road. Now the young band returns with their second effort, Queen Of Hearts, with one major change. They have a new vocalist in Leonard F. Guillan, replacing Pasi Rantanen who left the band for medical reasons.

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What has not changed is King Company's commitment to melodic hard rock with a heavy metal edge, and then dropped into an AOR wrapper. Essentially, Queen Of Hearts is One For The Road, Part Deux. There's no sense reinventing the musical wheel; instead stay the course.

You'll find some brisk heavy metal rockers with Learn To Fly, One Day Of Your Life, and Queen Of Hearts, which features a tandem guitar and synth solo. Alternatively, heavier and steadier melodic metal comes with Berlin, King For Tonight, and the decidedly sluggish closer Arrival, perhaps my least favorite song here. Shifting gears again, some melodic hard rock anthems with AOR sensibility arrive with the heavier Stars, the fine drum beat and groove of Never Say Goodbye, and the symphonic and smooth Living The Dream.

Needless to say, with Queen Of Hearts, King Company forges the same iron on their music anvil, delivering another consistent, if not predictable, album of metal-infused melodic hard rock. If you enjoyed their first album, you will want this one as well.



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The Bottom Line

Essentially, Queen Of Hearts is One For The Road, Part Deux. King Company forges the same iron on their music anvil, delivering another consistent, if not predictable, album of metal-infused melodic hard rock.

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