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Crimson Glory


Progressive Metal

3.98 | 176 ratings

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3 stars Crimson Glory - 'Transcendence' 3.5 stars

A progressive metal head should know of this band I hope, and at least this album.

This is one of the albums that are definitive of the birth of the progressive metal genre. Queensryche's 'Operation Mindcrime' and Fates Warning's 'Perfect Symmetry' were far better albums, but this one did a good job when not being compared. The arrangements were far more advanced then the debut album. The guitars mixed the endless amount of riffs, to more explicit and thoughtful licks and melodies. Crimson Glory even slowed down the pace and wrote a few sweet ballads. The vocalist even does a stellar job himself despite the ridiculous hair metal moments at parts.

A key difference in this album is the real split between the lead and the rhythm guitar. While on the debut they kind of just did the same thing, this one contains the guitarists on separate duties. One could be playing a rhythm while the other is wailing away, playing a melody or even giving some long sustained beautiful notes. The guitarists truly make this an album worth remembering even by today's standards 20 years later.

This album in all actuality is very good. I can recommend this for progressive metal people.

ProgBagel | 3/5 |


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