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Crimson Glory


Progressive Metal

4.05 | 164 ratings

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4 stars One of those legendary albums that never reaches the fame of Operation mindcrime or Perfect symetry

Crimson Glory are one of the most influential bands in heavy/power and progressive metal history. Transcendence is one of those albums that come along once in a lifetime, the type of album that influences a whole genre of music, as bands like Conception and Kamelot have been very influenced by this style of music. Even this album came out in the same year as Queensryche's "Operation: Mindcrime", it can rival with the high quality of this concept piece, but never tops Queensryche in my opinion. Basically, the music of Crimson Glory is a cross between Queensryche, Sanctuary and why not Fates Warning and Judas Priest in places, more on vocals. Midnight is something a la Rob Halford meets Warrel Dane and Geoff Tate. So what we have here is a Hevy metal and progressive metal hybrid, although there are not a lot of time changes and classical influence. You won't really find any key work here, only on one of the best track from here Burning Bridges, and here somewhere in background. Also expect to find razor-sharp production and guitar work, but don't expect to find a lot of thrash-style drumming. The guitar sounds very heavy with fine solos. All in all a great album that should appeal to all prog metal fans specially for those who listen to Fates Warning, Queensryche, Kamelot , Conception, Sanctuary and why not heavy metal band Judas Priest (they have nothing to do with prog). 4 stars and recommended.

b_olariu | 4/5 |


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