Gathering of Kings issued their debut album, First Mission, earlier this year. It’s not so much of a regular band, more of a supergroup. A huge supergroup, in fact. As the brainchild of Ron Dahlgren, Gathering of Kings (also monikered as GOK) is a collection of talented musicians from the Swedish Hard Rock scene. Featuring members of Pretty Maids, Crashdiet, Masterplan, Saffire, Therion, and Night Flight Orchestra the roster is a veritable who’s who of Swedish music.  A second follow-up album is currently in the works and looking at an early 2020 release.

GATHERING OF KINGS – Sweden Rock 2019

We reported to the 4 Sound Stage promptly by 19:45 for this hour long and highly anticipated set. Initially, we hung back a little to enjoy the full experience of the crowd. But soon worked our way to within a few rows from the barrier in front of my buddy Chris Laney. This was the first ever live performance for Gathering of Kings and it went off famously! With a multitude of vocalists, as on the album, GOK ran through an eleven song set. All songs were from the First Mission debut except a new one titled “Heaven on the Run” and it was a barn-burning rocker too!

The whole set was also recorded for a forthcoming live album and DVD release. If you’ve not yet listened to Gathering of KingsFirst Mission, I highly recommend you do so as this album is sure to place in a few best of the year lists for 2019!

***A special thanks to Shawn Irwin for the use of his photos for this post and gallery!***



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Shawn’s Gallery of Gathering of Kings – Sweden Rock

Check out all of Shawn‘s galleries from Wednesday, June 5, at Sweden Rock 2019: DEMON / DYNAZTY / GATHERING OF KINGS / JAMES HOLKWORTH / JOE LYNN TURNER / OZ / SKID ROW

Check out all of Shawn‘s galleries from Thursday, June 6, at Sweden Rock 2019: A.C.T / AMON AMARTH / BLAZE BAYLEY / DEADLAND RITUAL / DEF LEPPARD / KROKUS

And see all of the CGCM/Decibel Geek Sweden Rock 2019 coverage through this link: Sweden Rock 2019