King Creature / “Bloodstock was fantastic, it’s good to be back”

18 August 2021

King Creature were one of our highlights at this year’s Bloodstock Festival. They had the packed tent moving in a fist-pumping and headbanging delight, ensuring a growing collection of new fans.

Photography: John Inglis

Bloodstock “was fantastic,” the band told us. “An amazing turnout and an amazing reception. We couldn’t have wished for any better than that.”

The band played a COVID-19 restricted tour in May and then played the Steelhouse and Loverocks Festivals, giving them an excellent opportunity to get gig-ready.

King Creature, Bloodstock 2021
King Creature, Bloodstock 2021. Photo: John Inglis/MetalTalk

Restricted May tour

Bloodstock was quite an upgrade from the COVID-19 restricted May tour, and the band told us it feels right again. “We have been lucky enough to have played a couple of festivals since restrictions have been lifted, and it is amazing to see everyone back together enjoying themselves,” they said. “Whilst it was great to go out on the socially distanced tour earlier in the year, it is incomparable to the real deal. It’s good to be back.”

The May tour gave the band the opportunity to bed in the new member Mike Stennett. “It was our first run of shows with Mike, our new axeman, and they went amazingly well,” they said. “It was really strange to play in front of seated audiences, but it was a great opportunity to properly road test the new lineup.”

King Creature, Bloodstock 2021
King Creature, Bloodstock 2021. Photo: John Inglis/MetalTalk

The King Creature show at Bloodstock was awesome, and Mike has obviously settled in well. “Mike is a killer guitar player,” the band said, “and the best dude. We are so fortunate that he agreed to come on this wild journey with us all. The future is looking bright.”

The recent dates have been King Creatures first chance to tour their sophomore album, the excellent Set The World On Fire, recorded during the lockdown. They received a rapturous Bloodstock reception that was well deserved, and MetalTalk hopes they are back before too long, much higher on the bill.

“It’s been frustrating having to wait so long to get out and play these songs live,” they say, “but we have been taken back by the killer reception and the number of people singing along live. It has been worth the wait.”

King Creature, Bloodstock 2021
King Creature, Bloodstock 2021. Photo: John Inglis/MetalTalk

While the band enjoyed the rest of the festival, “we are going to stick around, drink the bars dry and catch up with some mates,” it is back to the grindstone and working on their future. “We have been working on some new material,” King Creature told us, “and it’s certainly going in a darker and heavier direction. The loose plan is to get in the studio late this year, early next year, for a 2022 release.”

With Bloodstock a success, do they have any message for the fans?

“Just a big thanks for sticking with us, and we will see you back on the road in December with Orange Goblin.”

King Creature, Bloodstock 2021
King Creature, Bloodstock 2021. Photo: John Inglis/MetalTalk
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