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Crimson Glory


Progressive Metal

2.20 | 34 ratings

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2 stars In the late 80s, Crimson Glory established themselves as pioneers of progressive metal. Their last album, Transcendence, was a defining album of the new genre. Expectations were high as the band headed into the 90s, but CG hit some roadblocks. Guitarist Ben Jackson left and the band soldiered on without hiring a replacement. This robbed Crimson Glory of the twin guitar attack that was a key part of their sound. Also, Ravi Jakhotia replaced the departed Dana Burnell behind the kit. Ravi brought a tribal style to the band. Normally, branching out and changing sound intrigues me. However, there is no room for tribal rhythms in a band that spews neo-classical power progressive metal.

Essentially, this album is all about Midnight. Since the screaming leads are gone and the rhythm section has been twisted, only Midnight still shines. However, he has reeled in his King Diamond high voice, which has its pros and cons. The piercing falsetto can be annoying occasionally, yet it defined him and was one of the signatures of the band. He manages well in the lower register, and he delivers some of his best performances. Promise Land, In the Mood, and Starchamber are the highlights, and they are some of the band's best songs. However, the rest of the songs range from good to unlistenable, making this a patchy effort.

This is where CG went downhill. They only managed one more studio album (without Midnight) before folding, though they are back now (still without Midnight) and working on a new release. Only fans should try this out, because there are a few very good tunes, but the rest encourages you to save your money.

Grade: D

1800iareyay | 2/5 |


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