Kublai Khan is a four piece out of north Texas, asserting their place in the metal world. Kublai Khan is aggressive music with impactful lyrics that focus on sensitive social issues in our country, both past and present. Their tag on Instagram further drives home the point, “South Hospitality/ American Hostility.” Their full length album, Nomad, released September, 29th. The band is new to the Rise Records roster.
After the musical intro, “Antpile” sets the stage for Nomad, “True Fear” digs in hard. The track hits on prevalent issues such as recent protesting relating to the upswing in publicized officer involved shootings. “True Fear” is a commentary on absolute power and corruption, a refusal to stand idly by in silence.
“The Hammer” has already surpassed 250k views on YouTube since its early release in July. It set the precedent for what you can expect on Nomad, unrelenting force. Just barely over the two minute long mark, “No Kin” displays a destructive familial history and cutting the toxic ties that bind. “No Kin” shines a light on the remnants of the KKK in the South and are two of the most important minutes on the album. “Heritage that cuts me like hemorrhage/
No homage to ignorant narrative.” The track doesn’t need catchy hooks or an upbeat chorus on repeat. “B.C.” continues their bold and outspoken rhetoric. In Texas, where God and football reign supreme, “B.C.” sparks the ever controversial “Religion vs Science” debate. “Knowledge will lead. Move forward.”
Agreeing or disagreeing with some or everything on Kublai Khan’s musical platform is irrelevant. These musicians should be applauded simply for taking a stand for something, for anything in this day and age. The fact that Kublai Khan has something to say with their music is what will make their work speak up and stand out for itself.