I received a text from King Sullivan two days ago, “YOOOO you attending this A7X forum show or what?” Of course, I had already purchased my tickets and replied with a screenshot of my seats and “You fucking know that.” On a personal level, I’ve known and covered Sullivan King since 2014 – I remember walking into Icon Collective, from which he had just graduated, in 2015 for our first interview. We bonded over our appreciation of metal, especially Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu. I almost got my first tattoo of his signature on my chest (after he actually ripped my shirt off) after his show at Belasco in Los Angeles in 2017 supporting Black Tiger Sex Machine.
We have been through a lot and walked the same path over the past 9 years. Through two more studio albums, his first major piece at Lost Lands, headliners in Los Angeles, he continually honed his craft leading up to today, the release of his most recent and most ambitious and influential album. by rock, thrones of blood.
The album’s collaborations span Left To Suffer’s Taylor Barber, SVDDEN DEATH, Excision and more, and boast previously released singles, including the massive “The Dead March” with Ray Volpe, the heartbreaking collaboration with Excision, “Fall Apart”. and the highly anticipated SVDDEN DEATH collab “Pursuit of Violence.” These are accompanied by new tracks like “Die By My Hand” with Vastive feat. Left To Suffer’s Taylor Barber, “Riot” with Kai Wachi and more.
There’s even a surprising sample of the famous “Shut up, bitch!” by The Rock. towards the end of “End of Us”.
Listening to the album, you’re bound to find a bunch of subtle (or not-so-subtle) nods to metal and rock’s past as well as plenty of influences from its contemporaries, even outside of the explicit collaborations.
Check it out below!
Just a few days after the release of thrones of blood, Sullivan King hits the road on a 30+ date tour, headlining iconic venues including the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles (two nights in a row), Emo’s in Austin, DC’s Echostage, the Majestic Theater in Detroit , and more. This tour includes special guests Kai Waichi & YOOKiE and support from Level Up, Benda and Vastive.
Sullivan King – Blood Thrones Tour
March 23 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
March 24 – Mission Ballroom – Denver, CO
March 25 – The Great Saltair – Magna, UT
March 26 – Wilma Theater – Missoula, Mont
March 29 – Knitting Factory Gig House – Spokane, Wa
March 30 – Knitting Factory Gig House – Boise, Id
March 31 – Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, NV
April 1 – The Midway – San Francisco, CA
April 2 – Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
April 6 – Soma San Diego – San Diego, CA
April 7 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 8 – Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
April 11 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
April 12 – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, Ok
April 13 – Emo’s Austin – Austin, TX
April 14 – Bayou Theater – Houston, Texas
April 15 – The Deep Ellum Factory – Dallas, Tx
April 17 – Joy Theater – New Orleans, La
April 18 – The Barrelhouse Ballroom – Chattanooga, Tennessee
April 20 – The Blue Stone – Columbus, Oh
April 21 – Roxian Theater – Mckees Rocks, PA
April 22 – Echostage – Washington, DC
April 26 – Toad’s Place – New Haven, CT
April 27 – White Eagle Hall – Jersey City, Nj
April 28 – The Fillmore Philadelphia – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 4 – City Ballroom – Buffalo, New York
May 5 – Breakaway Carolina – West Concord, North Carolina
May 5 – City Ballroom – Buffalo, New York
May 6 – House Of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
May 10 – Bogart’s – Cincinnati, Oh
May 11 – Majestic Theater – Detroit, MI
May 12 – Radius Chicago – Chicago, Il
July 21 – Tomorrowland -Boom, Belgium
August 4 – Veld Music Festival – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
September 4 – Wildwood Outdoor Education Center – Lacygne, Ks
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