The January 21 official release date for Dismal Hollow, the new album by Virginia’s King Giant is fast-approaching, and we’re teaming up with the band to bring one lucky NCS reader a special prize package: either a CD or the color-vinyl LP of Dismal Hollow (whichever the winner chooses), signed by the band — plus any one of the band shirts to be found at their Big Cartel site as long as the winner’s size is available (and if not, winner’s choice of one of the hats).
We’re thrilled to help promote interest in Dismal Hollow, because this album is so damn good that it knocked us flat — stretched out on the ground, eyes rolled back in our heads, and drool coming out our mouths. To quote BadWolf’s review (posted here), “prepare yourselves for the first excellent album of 2012, a slow cruise through doom country.”
And to quote myself from yesterday’s post on the excellent video for “Appomattox”: “It’s simply one of the new year’s first great albums — a dark, raw, smoke-filled crusher of Southern doom that rocks hard and is also one of the heaviest beasts you’ll hear in 2012. Massive, hook-filled riffs link up with thundering rhythms, head-spinning guitar solo’s, and Dave Hammerly’s incredible vocals to produce one memorable song after another.”
So what do you have to do to put yourself in the running for this prize? Find out after the jump . . .
We could have done something easy and brainless like drawing names out of a hat. But although “easy and brainless” is one of my personal mottos, that didn’t seem like the kind of contest that would do justice to Dismal Hollow. So this contest will involve a bit of thinking and creativity.
Drawing on the sense of violent historical conflict that underpins the first track released from the album — “Appomattox” — we came up with this question (actually, BadWolf came up with it): Tell us what famous battle in history deserves a metal song immortalizing it and why? Leave your ingenious answers in the Comments or e-mail them to me at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
King Giant will pick a winner from among the answers and we’ll announce the lucky winner in a subsequent post.
So get yourselves in a bloody-minded mood and show us what you got!