Everything Is Noise is currently streaming Psychotic Reality, the latest full-length from Seattle deathgrind trio RAT KING. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official release, Friday, September 29th via Satanik Royalty Records.
Writes Everything is Noise in part, “The aggression that we’ve come to love from this band is present right from the jump as the gutsaw guitars and throat-ripping growls take the center stage with tracks like ‘Tortured Existence’ and ‘Destroyer Of Us All.’ The atmosphere that comes from these aspects alone are singular and when the drumming and bass are added in this album wastes no time in announcing that no prisoners will be taken and blood will be shed. For all of the chaos stomping grooves can be found dotting the playlist, tracks like ‘Feeding Off Broken Backs’ and ‘Vermin’ showcase the RAT KING’s ability to balance the cacophonic grindcore side of their identity with the riff-centric death metal influences that they employ so often.”
Read more and stream RAT KING’s Psychotic Reality, exclusively at Everything Is Noise, HERE.
Depending on who you ask, the term “rat king” has different meanings: One describes a group of literal rats, who meet their death after getting their tails knotted together on a sticky piece of trash, their bodies doomed to rot together in the trash for all eternity like a crown of rodent corpses. The others are metaphorical, used to describe a person who gains success by using others: Martin Luther once used this term to describe the Pope, calling him “the king of rats right at the top.” Either way, it’s a fitting concept for our current world where trash, greed, corruption, and toxicity are abundant, and where we’re all doomed to die together, no matter how we feel about our surroundings or each other. These are also all things RAT KING sings about on their third LP, Psychotic Reality.
Through blast beats and filthy, lightning-fast riffs, Psychotic Reality paints a picture of the truth we all faced in isolation when the media we consumed became our only means of connection: The darker you feel, the darker things you attract into your life – particularly when social media’s sinister algorithms are watching your every move, serving you more and more of what you consume regardless of the negativity, and your every thought can go out to the world in a matter of seconds. The album offers splenetic catharsis from that darkness, in the form of tracks like “Tortured Existence,” which deals with themes of escape, and “Corrupt Broken System,” which recounts the dehumanization of capitalist society.
Psychotic Reality was recorded at Soundhouse Studios, produced by the band, and mixed by Taylor Young at The Pit Recording Studio. The album will be released on limited LP, cassette, and digitally.
RAT KING will celebrate the release of Psychotic Reality with a Western US tour this November. See all confirmed dates below.
RAT KING – Psychotic Reality Western US Tour:
11/03/2023 Belltown Yacht Club – Seattle, WA
11/04/2023 Our Studio – Grants Pass, OR
11/05/2023 John Henry’s – Eugene, OR
11/06/2023 Siren Song – Eureka, CA
11/07/2023 Tamarack – Oakland, CA
11/08/2023 The Orifice – San Jose, CA
11/09/2023 Dark Nectar – Atascadero, CA
11/10/2023 Till Two – San Diego, CA
11/11/2023 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
11/13/2023 Long Hair Records – Albuquerque, NM
11/14/2023 Bar Bar – Denver, CO
11/15/2023 Beehive – Salt Lake City, UT
11/16/2023 TBA – Moscow, ID
11/17/2023 Black Water – Portland, OR
11/18/2023 Cryptatropa Bar – Olympia, WA
RAT KING formed in 2013 when brothers Danny Racines (bass, vocals) and Ricky Racines (guitar, backup vocals) met Carlos Delgado (drums) and bonded over their mutual love of bands like Sepultura, Death, Nasum, and Brujeria, as well as a shared Latin heritage: The Racines brothers are Ecuadorian, while Delgado is Nicaraguan. Together they found a home in the supportive Seattle scene, where heavy riffs of all varieties and tempos are celebrated side by side under a dark, perpetually overcast sky. After three full-length albums and two EPs, the three members are at the height of their songwriting ability and passion for the project, eager to bring this record into the world.
Danny Racines – bass, vocals
Ricky Racines – guitar, backup vocals
Carlos Delgado – drums