[News] Boston Heavy Rock goldsmiths Kind premiere new album “Close Encounters”

Boston Heavy Rock goldsmiths Kind (with former members of Elder, Rozamov, Black Pyramid, also Sasquatch) premiere their third studio album “Close Encounters” exclusively on The Sleeping Shaman website, ahead of its official release this August 11th on Ripple Music

Stream new album “Close Encounters” at this location + watch their latest video for Power Grab

Kind are set to deliver their darkest and most intense record to date with their third album “Close Encounters” – nine gems of stirring grungy stoner and blues-laden doom with hints of percussions, Mellotron and synth adding even more richness to their already broad-ranging sound. The locked-in rhythm section of drummer Matt Couto (ex-Elder) and bassist Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov) and the Heavy-as-bricks riffing of Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid) are topped off with the powerful melodic vocals of Craig Riggs (Roadsaw, Sasquatch).

Kind never stray from their mission, which is to write and perform top-shelf Heavy Rock. Their sophomore album “Mental Nudge” ended up on several year-end best-of lists and topped the Doom Charts in September of 2020. “Close Encounters” ups the ante in several ways, showing the versatility of these four seasoned musicians who have performed with Kind and previous bands at festivals such as Roadburn, Hellfest, Desertfest and many more. But as the saying goes: “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” The best thing to do is to throw on a copy of “Close Encounters” and turn the volume up. Once again, the band recorded with engineer Alec Rodriguez at Mad Oak Studios, and the eye-catching cover art was created by renowned artist Alexander Von Wieding in his lair in Germany.

New album “Close Encounters out August 11th on Ripple Music
Purchase on Bandcamp – US Store – European Store

Kind formed in 2013 and released their debut album “Rocket Science” on Ripple Music in the waning days of 2015. That was proven by a West Coast tour Kind undertook with Ripple labelmates Salem’s Bend and a live appearance at Desertfest London in 2018, as well as many shows throughout the Northeastern U.S.

The foursome released their sophomore album “Mental Nudge” in the fall of 2020 through Ripple Music (USA) and Kozmik Artifactz (Europe). Recorded at Mad Oak Studios, “Mental Nudge” stays true to their sound while expanding their sonic palette, offering seven songs that cover a broad aural spectrum from the Indie-Rock influenced “Helms,” the full-on doom of “Trigger Happy” to the Rock bombast of “Broken Tweaker.” The result is a wall of sound that shows the talent and experience these musicians continue to bring to the form. Kind is now ready to return with their third full-length “Close Encounters,” to be issued in August 2023 on Ripple Music


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Matthew Couto
 / Drums
Tom Corino / Bass
Craig Riggs / Vocals
Darryl Shepard / Guitar

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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