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TRANSCENDENCE

Crimson Glory

 

Progressive Metal

4.02 | 116 ratings

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Alitare
5 stars Seems the howls of midnight have more bite than the wolves let on. I am in awe.

Not progressive metal, but close enough to count. The riffing is ingenious. Each song packs so many intricate harmonies guitar or otherwise. And Midnight is one of my favorite vocalists. His piercing wails are shattering and hellish. Intricacies abound with soft acoustic undertones mixed alongside rampant soaring melodies and thoughtful lyrical themes.

Each song is splitting ferocious Queensryche-style power progressive metal with the falsetto vocal kicks of Midnight to make your throat bleed dry. The songs are complex and focused.

The album highlight is absolutely the exemplary In Dark Places, with its multiple facets, stark and reverent opening guitar lines. the eastern style solo flails itself about wildly, evocatively, and in an electrically erotic fashion. And when Midnight shrieks, the heavens tear asunder and wreak hot angels from herald's knit.

Where Dragon's rule is regal in its tantalizing aural assault. The guitar harmonies take Iron Maiden in extremis. Lyrically a bit mediocre, but when the playing is so very masterful, it is hard to take fault. The album's ballad, Lonely, follows. The track is a bit different from your average ballad in that it proceeds to execute much ass kicking, and isn't a power ballad at any means. It features ripping vocals and powerful melodic guitars.

I don't believe I have ever heard guitars cry out in such whimsically furious beauty than on this album. They slice lines through your ears and wreak total havoc. Each song is a metal classic, and the album is so far from filler that each song is unique, yet easily identifiable as being from Crimson Glory. There are so vitriolic melodies hurled unto your person one after another, that it encroaches on madness. Riffs amongst harmonies, amongst splitting wails. This album had everything that made 80's heavy metal great. And with enough interesting progressive moments to make it viable to endure many repeated listens, Transcendence does just that, it transcends its era and is an epoch of brilliant metal.

An essential release for any metal fan, progressive or not. Stunning. Five Stars.

Alitare | 5/5 |

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