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King Mountain – Kingdom Of Shadows (CD) Grooveyard Records

One of Greece’s most brutal working men is, without a doubt, Stavos Papadopulos. Guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, singer, producer, recording engineer, mastering engineer, and songwriter. His name is found in bands like Universal Hippies, Hard Driver, Freerock Saints, and Super Vintage och Revolution Highway. King Mountain is another one, and it rests on the sacred grounds of the hard-rocking 70s, with the riff as a word of honor. Without a doubt, Stavros is a master in this trade, which he proves again and again. On the album with singer Tania Kikidi, which came at the same time as this, he also delivered a big chunk of great riffs, so I guess his riff account is pretty big. This album and Tania’s album aren’t that far apart musically. The most significant difference is in the vocal delivery department, where Stavros handles the vocals here. If I were to compare this to some contemporary bands, it would probably be The Dead Daisies or Black Country Communion. Hard rock with riffs upfront and bluesy vocals to fit the mold. Stavros is a skillful singer who does a great job even if his guitar playing is better. I love his guitar playing, his groove-oriented rhythm, and the bluesy, bleeding solos. King Mountain – check them out!

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By Janne Stark

I'm a Swedish guitarist, writer, and record collector. I've recorded a bunch of albums/C.D.s with bands like OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, BALLS, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, ZELLO, PLANET ALLIANCE, plus made guest appearances on stuff by NARNIA, AUDIOVISION, CHRIS CATENA, FAITH, BLINDED COLONY, THALAMUS, M.O.B., TOWER OF STONE, VII GATES, etc. I'm currently involved in the following bands/projects: GRAND DESIGN, MOUNTAIN OF POWER, OVERDRIVE, ZOOM CLUB, and CONSTANCIA. I've been writing for magazines like FUZZ, Backstage, Kool Kat News, Hard Roxx, Sweden Rock Magazine, etc. I still write for metalcentral.net, BallBusterMusic.com and metalcovenant.com, plus I'm the author of the three volumes of "The Encyclopedia of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal"! I have a lovely wife, two crazy cats and two beautiful daughters.