Kristina Esfandiari is a musical chameleon. Her multiple projects offer vastly different styles and themes, but always with keen eye for confronting and powerful art.
King Woman started as a solo project, following her departure from shoegaze band Whirr. Within a few years, King Woman had expanded into an actual band, and after some singles and an EP, they released their first full-length, ‘Created in the Image of Suffering’ in 2017.
Musically, King Woman could be described as doom metal, though it’s far from the traditional sound for the subgenre. Also incorporated are elements of Esfandiari’s shoegaze history, and touches of post metal. What results is a consistent, cohesive, and recognisable sound, that I immediately associate with King Woman – because I genuinely don’t think anyone else sound like them.
Central to that unique sound is Esfandiari’s vocals – mournful, ethereal, and entrancing. As sludgy riffs thunder through the track, Esfandiari’s voice floats above the heaviness, separate yet guiding and dictating the whole composition.
King Woman’s unique and powerful sound, spearheaded by amazing vocals, makes them one of the more exciting bands in metal today. The long wait for that second album, finally coming next month, is only made more exciting by their unpredictability.