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Inspired by fantasy, sci-fi and the heavy metal greats, Maxwell Jeffries’ ‘new wave of classic rock’ style of songwriting burst onto the UK scene in 2020, with the release of Underking’s two debut albums - ‘Ghosts of the Past’ and ‘Amongst the Dead'. Written and recorded by Jeffries (with additional screamed vocals on the latter, performed by Arizona-native Dustin Burmeister of Death Adder), the two records were met with positive reviews.


Following on from this success, Underking released a trilogy of singles, each displaying different aspects of Jeffries’ musical interests and strengths. ‘The Throne', an unapologetic nod to his NWOBHM heroes; ‘The Mask’ - a riff-laden thrasher with an extensive solo and ‘Dragon of the West’ - a hard-rock ballad inspired by the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender.


Underking closed a prolific 2020 with the release of single: ‘Embrace the Arcane’. A mid-tempo headbanger, the track saw Jeffries take a more mature approach to writing, with lyrics surrounding the topic of mental health, contained within a fantasy theme. The song also doubled as the first single from Underking’s upcoming third album - scheduled for release later in 2021. 'Shadow I've Become' - a Star Wars inspired pop-rock anthem, releases on the 29th of January.

 
 

The Discography So Far...

Embrace the Arcane

11/12/20

The first single from upcoming 2021 album

Dragon of the West

18/09/20

Underking's most ambitious and heartfelt song to date

The Mask

31/07/20

A 90's thrash influenced banger full of energy and an incendiary solo section

The Throne

19/06/20

NWOBHM inspired and catchy to the core with a 'Maiden flare

Ghosts of the Past

03/04/20

One half of Underking's debut dual album release - focusing more on hard rock influences

Amongst the Dead

03/04/20

One half of Underking's debut dual album release - focusing more on metal influences and featuring Dustin Burmeister on vocals

 
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Reviews

 

UK Thrashers

"The improved sound gives the riffs a bit more of a prominent role than before and there’s an almost symphonic feel to 'Embrace the Arcane', enhanced by Maxwell’s uniquely melodic vocals."

Wicked Metal Review

"This is something really special." (8/10)

Sleeping Village Review

"Taking both this track and their past work into account, Underking seems to be a bit of a musical China Miéville, opting to produce stellar work across a variety of genres."

Burnt Coffee Reviews

“Shadow I’ve Become” (delivers) hook, line, and sinker with an unforgettable main riff, suspenseful verses, and catchy-as-all-hell chorus.

Latest Track


A bandcamp link to Underking's latest track! Bandcamp is the best way to support upcoming musicians and any purchases on the site would be greatly appreciated!

 

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