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State Government Editor for Gotham Gazette. Freelance news editor, writer for Metroland.

David King

Email: davidhowardking@gmail.com

David King

Cynic

by David King April 9, 2014

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  On their last EP, Carbon Based Anatomy, Cynic unveiled their full transformation from early-’90s progressive death-metal band enamored with growling and deft riffing to a quirky prog band with finesses of jazz and glam rock. ...

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Nothing

by David King April 9, 2014

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  Philadelphia’s Nothing have nothing new to offer their genre, and lyrically they have absolutely nothing new to say. That does not mean their album isn’t worth a listen. They are the unlikeliest of buzz bands—especially ...

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Best Recordings 2013: David King

by David King December 24, 2013

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  1. Cult of Luna Vertikal A labyrinthian musical interpretation of Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis. One of the most challenging listens of the year in any genre but even more rewarding. Don’t let the metal genre fool ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King December 12, 2013

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  Every so often during my childhood a video game company or two would release new game systems--and each year it was more a curse than a blessing. I would beg, plead and cajole my mother ...

The Orchestral Zelda

by David King November 13, 2013

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  It’s intermission at Proctors last Friday night and a mix of people of all ages are streaming out into the lobby—from five-year-olds in Mario Bros. shirts to elderly couples in neat, crisp formal attire, and ...

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Cult of Luna

by David King October 16, 2013

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  Sweden’s Cult of Luna are desperately trying to be human. No matter how much they want it, they just can’t be. Unlike other post-metal bands they are compared to, like Neurosis, Isis, Godflesh and Jesu, ...

Carcass

by David King October 3, 2013

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  Jason Keyser, former lead singer of local metal bands Skinless and Detriment and current front man for technical death-metal band Origin, recently stepped on an Internet metal land mine of sorts. Keyser mentioned in a ...

From Big Screen to Small

by David King October 3, 2013

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  Metroland ran a cover story titled “The Great American Videogame” in 2008. The premise was that some games have become so influenced by culture—literature, film, politics, science and religion—that they have the impact that that ...

Arctic Monkeys

by David King September 18, 2013

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  Welcome to Arctic Monkeys’ The Chronic. Perhaps the last thing you would expect from an early Internet buzz band like the Monkeys, whose pedigree was raucous garage rock and songs about sordid sexual hookups, would ...

Nine Inch Nails

by David King September 18, 2013

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  What brought Trent Reznor back to Nine Inch Nails? If you are intrigued by that question then you might be interested in Hesitation Marks, Reznor’s first album in five years. The entire album is dedicated ...

Dax Riggs

by David King July 2, 2013

  Dax Riggs, a slight-framed, cherub-faced bluesman from Houma, La., didn’t bring much with him to his set at the Putnam Den on Sunday night. He had his Guild acoustic guitar, a small amp, a ragged ...

The Major Lift

by David King June 19, 2013

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  Kanye West Yeezus “You see Kanye go all Trent Reznor on SNL?” my friend texted me last month. I hadn’t but I could just imagine it: Kanye in black leather stomping around to distorted beats and screaming. ...

The Major Lift

by David King March 6, 2013

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British indie darlings Alt-J have no soul. Like David, the android from Prometheus, and Superman before him, Alt-J’s problem is that they do everything and they do it well. Don’t think I’m saying the band ...

Tegan and Sara

by David King February 28, 2013

Tegan and Sara just want to be loved. It is embedded in the core of all of their songs: “Why don’t you love me?” “When will I forget you loved me?” “When will I find ...

Tweeting Verdi

by David King February 20, 2013

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  Opera with a Tweet. It may sound like a hokey idea—perhaps even one that could derail an opera. Why do we care about what characters are Tweeting at each other? Won’t it take the viewer ...

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The Major Lift

by David King December 13, 2012

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Why are Muse still a band? They seem bored, copping the same Radiohead poses that have gotten them through what seems like a dozen or so releases. But it’s not the band’s laziness and boredom ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

by David King November 29, 2012

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  The gamer in your household is probably getting on your nerves just about now. With the holidays rolling in, game companies have let loose the floodgates and all the megasequels have hit the shelves. Halo ...

Between the Buried and Me

by David King November 15, 2012

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Between the Buried and Me are a metal band who speak a musical language all their own, but it’s one they have cobbled together with bits and pieces of the great work of others. With ...

Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson

by David King October 25, 2012

Marilyn Manson informed the crowd at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Tuesday night that the police had warned him not to advocate drug use and “anal sex” but the only people that bought that ...

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Twins of Evil Tour

by David King October 17, 2012

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  Halloween is a lucky time this year because the two scariest men in the universe are coming to the Glens Falls Civic Center just days before the bone-chilling holiday. No, we aren’t talking about Mitt ...

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The Major Lift

by David King August 30, 2012

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I feel confident saying that “The Full Retard” should have been the jam of summer 2012. Brooklyn’s El-P is an MC with indie cred and the kind of politically conscious but expectation-flaunting firebrand who is ...

The Major Lift

by David King August 9, 2012

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“Remember the ’90s?” It was the commercial I knew would kill me when I eventually heard it. Just the idea that the music of my teen years would be reduced to a greatest-hits collection to ...

Sleigh Bells

by David King March 22, 2012

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 Sleigh Bells’ second disc is sophomoric. The vibrant production that combined crunchy guitar work and big dropping hip-hop beats on the band’s debut Treats is nowhere to be found on Reign of Terror. Instead the ...

Skinny Puppy

by David King March 22, 2012

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Skinny Puppy reunited some years ago thanks to lucrative German industrial festival cash. Well, it turns out that Germany’s love of industrial wasn’t enough to keep the band fat and paid. And, hey, when a ...

Objet d’art

by David King January 12, 2012

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It’s a rare thing to find something so succinct and perfect as Cynic’s Carbon-Based Anatomy, like a little music box of out-of-this-time, ethereal prog rock. The six-song EP is far from straightforward or bare-bones: The ...