KING WOMAN Bio 2017 

Formed in 2009 by vocalist Kristina Esfandiari, the Bay Area's KING WOMAN began 
as a solo project then later developed into a full band. Over the course of the last seven 
years, KING WOMAN have crafted a sound thoroughly their own - a sound 
that harnesses the elastic textures and temporality of drone and metallic shoegaze 
alongside the transcendental, melancholic power of doom. The band's debut 
EP Doubt (released on leading San Fran avant-garde imprint The Flenser in 2014) 
paired weighty subject matter with wistful, brooding, and hypnotic 
songwriting. KING WOMAN's mystical sound resonated strongly enough to catch the 
attention of renowned independent label Relapse Records, who signed the band in 

KING WOMAN's debut full-length Created in the Image of Suffering is set for a 
February 2017 release via Relapse. A profoundly crafted opus of dirgey, ethereal doom- 
rock, the album was recorded with engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Wreck & 
Reference, Oathbreaker) at the Atomic Garden. Created In The Image of 
Suffering's seven compositions evoke rich, gloomy imagery with crumbling washes of 
blurred, billowing distortion densely layered atop hazy, psychedelic atmospheres that 
call to mind a surrealistic Black Sabbath fronted by Mazzy Star. Complete with deeply 
personal, introspective lyrics that serve as a catharsis for years of religious and mental 
torment, KING WOMAN truly suffer to create their art. 

Kristina Esfandiari 
Colin Gallagher 
Joey Raygoza 
Peter Arensdorf