King Company was formed in early 2014. Drummer Mirka ”Leka” Rantanen (Raskasta joulua, Warmen, ex-Thunderstone, ex-Kotipelto, etc) had already been thinking about forming a new hard rock / melodic metal band for a long time. He wanted to play with people with whom he had worked before and who he knew as both good musicians and friends. First, he contacted guitarist Antti Wirman (Warmen) who was also the first to join. The singer Pasi Rantanen was in Mirka’s mind from the beginning, as they had played together in a couple of bands before (Thunderstone, Warmen). After keyboardist Jari Pailamo (Kiuas, Ponies To Kill), and bassist Time Schleifer (Enfarce) joined the band, this super-group was ready to start working.
The band’s original name was “No Man’s Land”. In the autumn of 2014 they entered the famous Astia Studio to record their first 3 song demo. Shortly after this Antti Wirman got a temporary gig as the touring guitarist of Children Of Bodom, which limited their rehearsal time, but still the band managed to write more and more material. Co-operation with Heta Hyttinen & Ginger Vine Management began and eventually led to a recording contract with Frontiers Records. This was the band’s dream come true, and the debut album recordings could begin. In 2015 the band played very succesful gigs in Helsinki and Jyväskylä. The nearly sold out venue “On The Rocks” witnessed the band’s first live performance as they played a set full of songs from the upcoming album.
After the first gigs began the debut album recordings. The album war recorded and mixed by Janne Wirman and Kal Kaercher and mastered in by Mika Jussila. At this point Frontiers Records suggested a name change to avoid confusion: there already were two other bands by the same name. The band changed its name to “King Company” and released its debut album ”One For The Road” in 2016.
The debut album got plenty of great reviews from all around the world. King Company was ranked #7 in the famous Japanese BURRN magazine in the Brightest Hope Category.
In 2017 the band toured in Finland resulting to Pasi having severe vocal chord problems and finally not being able to sing at all. However, a tour in Spain was already booked. After a cruciating search for a replacement singer King Company found the perfect candidate from YouTube. Italian-Argentinian Leonard F. Guillan took the job and proved himself a great live performer.
After the tour it was time to have a serious discussion about the future of the band. Because the recordings of the second album had already begun, Pasi felt that he didn’t want to slow things down, not knowing when he could sing again. King Company decided to continue without Pasi and asked Leonard to join the band as a permanent singer. Leonard was stoked to join the band and the vocal recordings could begin. Pasi stuck around as a vocal producer and with his irreplaceable help the vocal recordings for the second album were completed in the spring of 2018.
The new album will be released in August 2018 and after that King Company will start touring again.