Southern metal project HEAVY AS TEXAS – featuring Exhorder members Marzi Montazeri (guitars) and Kyle Thomas (vocals) – released their debut self-titled album on April 19, 2019 via Crunchy Western Records! The album is available now via iTunes and the band’s official website.

As a follow up to the release of their “To Keep a Promise” music videoHEAVY AS TEXAS have revealed another new music video today, this time for the track “King of Fools”. The video was directed by Mark Borchardt. Watch the video here via BraveWords.

Vocalist Kyle Thomas says about the track itself: “Although I always feel lyrical meaning is subjective, we all fear being taken advantage of and made to look like a fool. This song captures the insecurity of what it’s like to be greatly valued or admired in public, but thieves and detractors have their way behind the scenes. Sometimes only his queen can make the king feel safe.”

 
Director Mark Borchardt adds about the video: “In ‘King of Fools’, we find the reigning despot accompanied by mirth and sensuality even though his march finds him in the complete wreckage of his metaphorical kingdom. His once powerful domain is now a crumbling shadow, his rule now over no one but his diminished acolytes. Truly, he is a King of Fools as he fades away from us to face the inevitable nothingness of his being.”

Heavy metal fans may recognize guitarist Marzi Montazeri for his contributions to various projects featuring Philip Anselmo throughout the years, as well as his performances with the annual Randy Rhoads Remembered events at NAMM. Vocalist Kyle Thomas is also recognized for his time with Alabama Thunderpussy.

For the new album, HEAVY AS TEXAS tapped renowned drummer Anup Sastry (Marty FriedmanJeff LoomisSkyharbor) and notable engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Collier (KornProngWinds of Plague) on bass. Currently, the Houston, TX-based band’s line-up is rounded out by full time members Lenwood Sonnier on bass, and James Goetz on drums.

The new HEAVY AS TEXAS album was produced by Marzi Montazeri, with mix and mastering duties handled by Chris Collier.