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Down The Line Review

The print and online magazine Down The Line reviewed Possibilities in their July issue. Although you can download an electronic version of the magazine here for free, they were kind enough to grant permission for a reprint of the review right here...

King Never – Possibilities  


Some of you might remember an underground Christian alternative band called Able Cain back  in the 90s. Matt McCabe, the guitarist for Able Cain, went on to form King Never. That was just a  bit of background for you.   King Never has released several albums. The most recent release Possibilities is “A concept album featuring ambient, alternative and progressive rock  songs that chronicle Sonja's journey of self‐discovery and spiritual awakening.” Don’t let the fact they decided to put “ambient  first in the list fool you – this album does frequently rock. Songwriting  and recording qualities are both very high from beginning to end. In fact, you don’t have to take  my word for it – you can listen to the entire album on their website before you decide to purchase it.   And you will  decide to buy it (hoping my Jedi mind trick skills are still up to snuff). For influences, McCabe lists everyone from The Police to King Crimson to The Choir. If you like music  in that arena of alternative rock, you will also like this album.  

– Matt Crosslin

Hypnagogue Review

Review of Lullabies & Sleepless Nights (2007)

King Never (aka Matt McCabe) offers up an uneven and intermittently interesting batch of guitar-based ambient pieces on Lullabies & Sleepless Nights. The work here range from sweeping drifts that exemplify McCabe’s eloquent playing to assaults of twitch-inducing noise that simply try too hard to be edgy. It takes King Never three tracks before the CD garners any real attention. The combination of “Beautifully Broken” and “The Quiet Hours” presents the first sign of McCabe’s gentler hand and sense of easing layers together in intriguing patterns. It’s when he settles back, as in these tracks and the highlight (for me) of the disk, the warm drift of “Chaos of Day Fades to Night,” that King Never is at his best. The aggressive stuff works best in “Almost Asleep” where fuzzed-out guitar-rock power chords hammer down across a hypnotically wavering, mellow drift—but it works because it’s well placed and not constant.

- Hypnagogue