King Woman, Doom Metal Group, Headlines Halloween at the Starline Social Club

King Woman headlines Halloween at the Starline Social Club.  (Courtesy of the band)

King Woman bandleader Kristina Esfandiari grew up in what she's called a "Charismatic Christian cult," where she was encouraged to sing during services in a soft, angelic voice. After she moved to the Bay Area, though, she discovered a husky, cathartic howl, and started using it to unlearn and reject her childhood indoctrination. As she explained in a 2015 profile, Esfandiari had been taught to consider screaming demonic. Then suddenly it helped her feel free.

Esfandiari started King Woman as a solo outlet in 2009 (she also releases music as Miserable), and the group has since evolved into a celebrated doom-metal foursome, boasting releases through esteemed purveyors of heavy Relapse and Flenser records. Last year's Created in the Image of Suffering full-length cemented King Woman's crossover appeal to metal and indie audiences. Esfandiari's experience with spiritual disenchantment, along with her riveting purge-through-performance approach to stage presence, make King Woman a fitting headliner for Halloween at the Starline Social Club, on Wednesday, Oct. 31. The show, which costs $15-18 and begins at 8pm, also features openers Lingua, MSC and Mane.

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