King Orchid – For Battle [Self-Released]

Looks can be deceiving: For Battle, the second release from King Orchid, has, on first glance at least, the unmistakable feel of a metal record: two long-haired, tattooed men, leaning away from each other, surrounded by a blood-red background and cryptic looking font. Look closer, and you’ll realise this striking artwork is a self-portrait: free-spirited individuals who borrow and steal from blues, funk and prog, to create loud, infectious rock.