It’s been a little over a week since Sullivan King dropped his second EP with Kannibalen Records, Come One, Come All. It’s only just now that I’ve been able to find time to sit down and get to work on making my way through this dense and riotous piece of work, and even getting to the game late, I still feel blown away.
Before the EP’s release, Sully dropped two singles, the first two tracks from the release: “Dropkick” and “Step Back.” Both received ample play time from DJs over the past couple months, including a few at Ultra Music Festival. But that’s really where the fun just begins…
“Begone,” the first of the unheard tracks on the EP, starts with a classic metal guitar Sullivan King shred and drops into eardrum-piercing synth stabs that basically instruct, “Please use finger guns now.” Much like “The Glock,” we expect Sully to physically manifest this song on stage.
“Don’t Go” starts out as a ballad, but we know better… metallic synths and chaotic bass come in at the drop as if someone actually dropped his guitar in an industrial-sized blender. (We would never do that.) But then, we also get our first taste of Sullivan King-produced psytrance, and it’s noticeably less flourished than some of the other forays we’ve seen into the genre from acts like Kayzo or Carnage. It’s just pure bass.
“Madeleine Rose” was the song that actually made me pause the EP and text Sullivan King and gush, “OMG SO GOOD.” For those unaware, Sullivan King got married earlier this year, and this song is a tribute to his new wife. The lyrics in the song perfectly reflect their goofy and loving relationship, with plenty of references to bodily fluids and silly couple things. The drop once again perfectly encapsulates the luster of their relationship with huge, anthemic synths and bright, major chords that fill the room with waves of sunshine. He ends the song with, “I fucking love you,” as if we couldn’t already tell.
From there, it goes back into the hard stuff with “Run For Your Life.” There’s not much to say about this one except that we really want to see a music video with someone legitimately running for their life; it’s too much of a waste of a good title if this doesn’t happen. Oh, and also, that drum & bass breakdown… hng.
Come One, Come All finishes up with “Falling,” another more melodic, balled-esque track. It’s the perfect wind-down after a boisterous 7-track EP that seamlessly fuses metal and bass music, complete with a guitar solo at the end.
After all this, we’re still just left wanting more; we’ll be sure to get it soon. For now, listen to Come One, Come All below!