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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British rock band led by Matt Baty was recorded by John Martindale and Sam Grant.

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  1. Sep 25, 2018
    80
    The takeaway sensation of their epic and sprawling second record is quite simply one of pleasure. They embrace the ridiculous and the sublime in equal measure.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    This one offers six [tracks], and none break the nine-minute mark. It’s more sonically expansive. ... That doesn’t reduce the effect of the riffs: they’re still pulverising, but now they sound like an advancing storm front rather than as if you’ve been trapped in a sudden downpour.
  3. 80
    Not only is King of Cowards Pigs’ best release, the promise of their previous work fulfilled; in a year of hip hop and R&B dominating charts and critics’ minds alike, it’s probably also the best time you’re likely to have with a rock album in 2018.
  4. Sep 26, 2018
    80
    King of Cowards confirms it’s Pigs that deserve to have their cake and eat it. But it’s also an open invitation to join in the overindulgence with a complete lack of contrition. To gorge on the fruits of their labour is to feel utterly replete, that said, I’m not one to turn down thirds. More more more more more more more!
  5. Sep 27, 2018
    80
    King of Cowards progresses in a highly pleasing way as lead vocalist Matt Baty lyrically explores the seven deadly sins across the record's six tracks. This is metal bursting with imagination and innovation.
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 25, 2018
    70
    With stoner rock's monotonous thrum as a template you're always going to have to work a little harder to break through with something genuinely interesting, and Pigsx7 don't always manage it here. [Oct 2018, p.84]
  7. Q Magazine
    Sep 25, 2018
    60
    A66 is made thrilling by the gear change midway through, ditching its Sabbath crawl for a brutal climax. Nothing else quite succeeds in cutting through the downtuned murk, although riffs are uniformly monolithic and frontman Matt Baty's throaty bark is never less than entertaining. [Nov 2018, p.112]

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