Melbourne’s Symphonic Metal singer/songwriter Victoria Knight (under the pseudonym Victoria K) on the 5th of May, 2019, released her brand new single "Lacuna" distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Warner Music Group (Australia), which was the first offering from her debut album Essentia.
As a result of being invited to support the Swiss Folk Metal giants Eluveitie Victoria K formed the current band who have adopted the name Victoria K. On the 18th of May, 2019, Victoria K played the main support for Eluveitie at their Melbourne show, and produced a performance that had the crowd chanting for an encore.
Victoria K signed to Rockshots Records (Italy) in early 2020 and released their debut album ‘Essentia’ on the 24th of April, 2020. Essentia has received global media attention and the band has been featured in Legacy Magazine (Germany) and Heavy Magazine (Australia) amongst many others.
Essentia debuted at #17 on the Australian iTunes Rock & Metal Charts with the four Music Videos (Lacuna, Forsaken, The Haunting and Matrix) receiving over 230,000 YouTube views.
Victoria K’s ‘Essentia’ won Album of the Year in the Femmetal Awards 2020 and was a finalist in the Best Band and Best Music Video categories and Victoria Knight was a finalist in the Best Operatic Vocals category.
Victoria was also nominated as ‘Best Vocalist’ in the Metalgoddesses.com awards named amongst the best vocalists of the genre including Floor Jansen, Elize Ryde, Fabienne Erni and Charlotte Wessels. Victoria K was also nominated in the metalgoddesses.com awards for Song of the Year (Matrix) and Album of the Year (Essentia).
Anders Sandvall of Metal-rules.com identified Essentia as “one of the strongest debut albums this year” placing the album at #2 on his Best Albums of 2020 and also cited Victoria K as the ‘Best New Band.’
Due to the global pandemic Victoria K was unable to tour so in June, 2020 they played a worldwide Live Stream Show from the studio via Rockshots Twitch Channel and have since released a DVD of the event.
In November 2021, Victoria K commenced their 9 show Australian Tour with shows in Melbourne, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney (sold out), Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Whyalla (sold out) and Broken Hill. Due to Covid the tour was run over three legs with the second in March 2022 and the third leg in April, 2022.
Victoria K - Vocals
Julia Mammone - Guitar
Charlie Curnow - Bass/Extreme Vocals
James Davies - Drums
“Lovers of symphonic metal listen up… because Victoria K is about to put Australia on the map.” – Heavy Magazine
"..it’s like Evanescence meeting Slipknot in a dark alley and it blows your mind, and eardrums.." - Tsarina Wilson (Ever Metal)
“The latest exciting new talent to emerge from the Melbourne metal scene...” – Sentinel Daily
“Victoria K’s vocals are absolutely brilliant, they're ethereal and infectious” – Buzz Music
“…Victoria K's new album "Essentia" is here to claim the title of the best symphonic metal release of the year!” – Jupiter Variation
“Those who make their debut like this have the potential to get to the top!” (13/15) – Frank “Otti” Van Duren (Legacy Magazine Issue #127)
“Ethereal, melodic vocals juxtaposed against heavy metal, Victoria K produces a sound not too dissimilar to that of Within Temptation and Evanescence.” – Ditch This Magazine
“Victoria K is an emerging force in Melbourne’s gothic and symphonic metal scene. With her hauntingly powerful voice and stormy songwriting, Victoria K’s music balances at the nexus of dark fragility and empowering strength.” – Hysteria Magazine
“She very quickly won over the crowd and with her voice and great tracks like ‘Lacuna’ and ‘Matrix’ it is very easy to see that she will soon be matching it alongside bands like Evanescence and Nightwish.” – Heavy Magazine
“The sense of yearning and resolution in Lacuna is woven with sophistication and skill.” – Hysteria Magazine
“'Lacuna' is an atmospheric track in which Victoria showcases her fantastic voice by switching between delicate verses and powerful choruses with total ease.” – Maniacs
“’Lacuna’ has so much Metal and so much Gothic in it that you’d want to hear it repeatedly if you’re a Metal fan. The music is sharp and powerful, and the song easily flows into your senses.” - FemMetal
“Generally centred upon mezzo-soprano, her slightly deeper range renders her overall sound more haunting than the apparent stylistic influences such as Nightwish and Evanescence.” – Hysteria Magazine