The story is building for the Southern California trio KYNG–singer/songwriter/guitarist Eddie Veliz, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magaña—whose debut album, TRAMPLED SUN, is due out September 27 on REALID Records (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group).

KYNG recruited Cam De Leon, the acclaimed artist who’s best known for his work with Tool, to create the cover and booklet artwork for TRAMPLED SUN.

The album’s first two singles, “Falling Down” and “Trails in Veins,” were mixed by Mike Watts (Adelita’s Way, Hopesfall, Quicksand, Brand New).

“Falling Down” is in heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel, while “Trails In Veins” can be heard on the “Liquid Metal” channel, thanks to the support of Program Director Jose Mangin, who has championed KYNG since hearing early demos a couple of years ago, some of which were played on “Octane” before TRAMPLED SUN was even in the works. SiriusXM was instrumental in bringing the band to what became their record label (REALID/ILG) and managers (In De Goot, who also represents Shinedown, Chevelle and others).

Fans who’d like to hear another new song before the release date should head over to Revolver magazine’s website, which premiered the album’s title track today. It can be heard here:

KYNG’s self-proclaimed “California Heavy” sound is a unique and universally appealing combination of heavy and captivating concepts, channeling influences from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin to Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age.

Reminiscent at times of the metal and hard rock of the late 1970s in style and musical collection, with a presentation that is totally heavy, classic and modern-day all at once, they are sure to refresh the Active Rock and Metal landscapes of today and tomorrow. As drummer Pepe Clarke Magaña puts it, “I think we’re doing stuff, or a combination of stuff, that has been done before, in a way that has never been done before.”

Before KYNG was a glimmer in the trio’s eyes, bassist Tony Castaneda and drummer Pepe Clarke Magaña were members of the Latino metal band Ankla, which toured across the U.S. with bands such as Ill Nino, Nonpoint, In This Moment, and Hatebreed. They were also a part of Ozzfest in 2007.

Now that the band has completed dates with The Sword, Black Stone and Cherry and Pop Evil, they’ll be launching a brief jaunt with Drowning Pool before re-teaming with Pop Evil in September, with appearances at WJJO-FM’s Taste of Madison and KPNT-FM’s Pointfest in St. Louis happening along the way. Next up: shows with Wayne Static this Fall which are currently being confirmed. Check out KYNG at any of the following stops:


With Drowning Pool:

Wed 8/24 Little Rock, AR Downtown Music Hall
Thu 8/25 Oak Grove, KY Kickers Club
Fri 8/26 Dayton, OH McGuffys House of Rock
Sat 8/27 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Sat 8/28 Fostoria, OH The Nest
Tue 8/30 Lynchburg, VA Phase 2
Wed 8/31 Lexington, KY Buster Billiards
Sun 9/4 Madison, WI Taste of Madison (JJO stage with Janus, Hurt, others)
Wed 9/7 Jacksonville, NC Hooligans
Fri 9/9 Panama City, FL Club La Vela / Gulfside Amphitheatre
Sat 9/10 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amp (Pointfest w/ Chevelle, CAKE,
Bush, Middle Class Rut, Janus and others)

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