Kingdom of Ruin

by Vangough

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Dann 'the djentle giant'
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Dann 'the djentle giant' Vangough is ecclectic. It goes in any direction. But this is what is remarkable and interesting about this band. Every piece of this album has something of its own. A song is moody and simple while another one is complex and intense. I use to like albums with more cohesion between every track, but Kingdom of ruin win its bet. There is an audacity with Vangough that reaches me. Favorite track: Disloyal.
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Crest of Chance 1/2 heavy and angry, 1/2 lighter and hopeful. The musicianship is top-notch but the songwriting is what grabs my attention. With singalong choruses and melodies that stick in my head for days (in a good way), it's still my favorite Vangough album. Favorite track: Drained.
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Disloyal 05:17
Abandon Me 04:48
Drained 04:40
Frailty 05:11
Stay 04:29
Alice 03:45


Following the release of their breakout debut "Manikin Parade" in 2009, Vangough quickly got to work on a worthy follow-up. Feeling the need to reinvent themselves after each album is something guitarist Clay Withrow feels is a necessary process towards the evolution of the band's sound.

"I've always most admired bands who were not afraid to do something different with each album. The Beatles, Metallica and Pain of Salvation are three of my favorite bands that do this, which has been a big factor in how I write music," explains Clay. "We achieved a really unique sound with our first album Manikin Parade, so I felt it wasn't necessary to revisit that approach for this one."

With their newly completed second album, the grandiose "Kingdom of Ruin", VANGOUGH have taken their conceptual visions another step ahead. Nestled within the larger album, the story of The Rabbit Kingdom is about a man who is stepping through the veil of two realities. One of his human life and the other a land where rabbits rule in an idyllic forest kingdom. Receiving a platitude of critical acclaim including "Best of 2011" from Unprogged and perfect scores from a variety of publications, "Kingdom of Ruin" has become an important landmark on the current music scene and a staple for future progressive bands. This exclusive Bandcamp edition includes three previously unreleased demos you won't hear anywhere else!


released October 24, 2011

Clay Withrow - Guitar/Vocals/Keyboards
Jeren Martin - Bass
Corey Mast - Keyboards
Brandon Lopez - Drums


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Brave, eccentric and chemically unstable. Vangough is a sunrise of melodic cocaine for your ears. A Pandora's Box of exotic flavors mixed with harsh textures that can only be described as human.

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