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King's X Biography


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Birth Place: Springfield, Missouri, United States
Years Active: Since 1980
Genres: Hard Rock, Progressive Metal


King's X is an American hard rock band that combines progressive metal, funk and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues, and British Invasion pop groups. The band's lyrics are largely based on the members' struggles with religion and self-acceptance.

Since being signed to Megaforce Records in 1987, King's X has released twelve studio albums, one official live album, and several independent releases. The band is currently recording for the InsideOut Music label, and continues to tour with each new release. Early in their major label career, they had many opening slots on arena tours, but lately the band, for the most part, headline their own shows playing mostly clubs and smaller venues.

Each member of the group has recorded solo albums and has made numerous guest appearances on other artists' albums and compilation projects. Doug Pinnick and Ty Tabor also have albums released with side bands that they participate in.

Despite the band members having varying degrees of Christian beliefs through the years and the group having had early dealings in the Contemporary Christian market, the members of King's X have never considered themselves a "Christian" band. However, some of their early lyrical themes (especially the first three albums) have led to some people labeling the group as such, which all three members strongly oppose.

King's X was ranked #83 on VH1's ''100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock''.