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Formed in 2009 by Kristina Esfandiari, the Bay Area’s KING WOMAN began as a solo project then later developed into a full band. Over the course of the last seven years, KING WOMAN have crafted a sound thoroughly their own – a sound that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and doom metal alongside the strength and evocative power of artists like Mazzy Star, Royal Thunder, Grouper, and many more. The band’s debut EP Doubt (released on leading SF avantgarde imprint The Flenser in 2014) paired weighty subject matter such as religious abuse (which allowed Esfandiari’s lyrical ingenuity to really shine) with cathartic, brooding, and hypnotic songwriting with a transcendental feel.

With Esfandiari’s lush and dramatic vocals, KING WOMAN go far beyond mere stoner metal. The band’s compositions call to mind rich, detailed imagery and powerful atmospheres that elevate their music beyond classification. KING WOMAN‘s mystical sound resonated strongly enough to catch the attention of Relapse Records, who signed KING WOMAN in 2016. KING WOMAN‘s debut full-length Created in the Image of Suffering, recorded at Jack Shirley’s Atomic Garden, will see an early 2017 release via Relapse.

KING WOMAN is:

Kristina Esfandiari, Colin Gallagher, Joey Raygoza, Peter Arensdorf

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  • Relapse Records Podcast #48- March 2017 Ft. OBITUARY The Relapse Records podcast returns to kick off the Spring with a special OBITUARY takeover! March’s episode also highlights new and upcoming releases from IRON REAGAN, THE OBSESSED, GRUESOME, KING WOMAN, ECSTATIC VISION, JOHN FRUM and UNEARTHLY TRANCE! We also spin a handful of death metal classics from new vinyl reissues. This month, Nick talked ...
  • KING WOMAN Share ‘Created In The Image Of Suffering’ Full Album Stream via Noisey Photo Credit: Rob Williamson “One of the young year’s most powerful rock records to date.” – Pitchfork Over the course of the last seven years, Bay Area’s KING WOMAN have crafted a sound thoroughly their own – a sound that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of ...
  • KING WOMAN Share New Track “Shame” Via NPR Photo Credit: Rob Williamson Bay Area’s King Woman will release their debut full-length album Created in the Image of Suffering next Friday, February 24th. Today, NPR has premiered another song from the album, “Shame” and said it “rattles our ears and cores alike.” Listen here. Created in the Image of Suffering was recorded with engineer ...