Kingdom of Sorrow was founded over a decade ago when the Hatebreed front man Jamey Jasta introduced himself to Down/Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein at a show at Pearl Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. A short time later Jasta, who actively booked shows throughout New England in the early nineties, put up the cash for a Napalm Death/Crowbar show in order that Hatebreed could play with one of his favorite bands. Ever since, the two have remained in close contact and become the best of friends over the subsequent decade.Jasta and Hatebreed invited Crowbar out for a UK run of dates in March 2005. It was there that the two friends decided to combine forces on a band based on their mutual affinity for the hallmarks of the genre (Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Pantera) and their history of writing some of the heaviest hitting metal of the past fifteen years.The duo holed-up in Silver Bullet Studios in Connecticut in May 2005 and once again when Kirk relocated post-Katrina to write and assemble what would become the very first Kingdom of Sorrow album. The first taste of the untitled project surfaced in the form of the track "Buried in Black" on Roadrunner Records,'MTV2 Headbangers Ball: The Revenge' compilation (released April 2006). It was not long before "Buried in Black" appeared on metal radio shows the world over and became a staple on Sirius' "Hard Attack".While the writing flowed fast, progress was slow due to the pair's commitments to their main bands that wrote, released, and toured extensively, on new records through 2006 and 2007. Songs were deconstructed, reconstructed, written and recorded again in Planet Z Studios with Zeuss until the duo was completely satisfied with the outcome. Jasta commented on the writing process, "It really was probably the best time I've ever had in the studio. As far as creatively...it was such a liberating thing. We felt like, "It's a new band. It doesn't matter what anybody thinks." We're just doing it because we want to do it. So it was a totally genuine and pure creative process."Kingdom of Sorrow inked a deal with Relapse Records in fall 2007 and began plans to unveil the record they had spent the better part of two years creating.On August 5th and 6th, 2008, Kingdom of Sorrow played at the First Annual Mayhem Festival on the Jagermeister Stage at the Comcast Center for the Performing Arts in Mansfield, Massachusetts and the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York, respectively.According to a myspace blog on March 30th, the band announced that their next album will be called Behind the Blackest Tears and will be released June 8th on Relapse records.
Boasting a line up that includes members of such influential metal bands as Hatebreed, Down, Crowbar, and more, Kingdom of Sorrow has arrived to stake its claim as the band that lives up to its super group status. The seeds of Kingdom of Sorrow were sown over a decade ago when a 16 year old Hatebreed front man (and avid Crowbar fan) Jamey Jasta introduced himself to Down / Crowbar guitarist Kirk Windstein at a show at Pearl Street in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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Kingdom of Sorrow is an American sludge metal band which features Kirk Windstein of Crowbar and Down, along with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed.