King Apathy was formerly known as Thränenkind. They are a post-metal/post-punk band with crust punk, black metal and post-rock influences from Bavaria, Germany.
The earlier recordings had more black metal and shoegaze influences sound, while “The Elk” (2013) contains more crust and hardcore punk influence and five completely instrumental post rock songs. "King Apathy (2016) continues that sound and they barely have post-rock influences anymore and changed their sound. That's why they decided in 2017 to rename the band in "King Apathy" to show that their most recent album represents their current sound the most.
Thränenkind was founded in 2007 by Nathanael and Pesten. First songs were written soon and in 2008 the first demo-cd ("Eine Momentaufnahme - Der Rest ist nur Einsamkeit") was recorded. Having released the demo (re-released 2010) and a split-CD with Heretoir ("Wiedersehen - unsere Hoffnung"), Since then, the band has grown to a full line-up of five members and started playing live again in 2012. Thränenkind signed with LifeForce Records in 2013 and announced their first full-length release "The Elk", which has been released in August 2013. "King Apathy" was released in 2016.
Most of the members of King Apathy / Thränenkind are vegan and/or straight edge and share interests in the ideas of green anarchism, civilization critic and left-wing politics. The lyrics broach the issues of the relationship between humanity and nature, interpersonal relations, human society, green anarchism and the endless longing for freedom.
The old band name could be translated to something like “child of tears”. It was chosen as a contrast to all the “grim” and “cliché” black metal band names. It hints at Thränenkind’s emotional side. The band members are fascinated of the name’s ambiguity and they also like the fact, that the name leaves room for a lot of different interpretations. They chose the name "King Apathy" because they thought this album represents their "new" sound. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.