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ASTRONOMICA

Crimson Glory

 

Progressive Metal

2.89 | 30 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars After an eight year absence since their last album, Crimson Glory comes storming back with the amazing 'Astronomica'.

Heavy riffs, high-pitched vocals, complex melodies and grooving bass lines, these are just some of the things you'll find on this album. The music on this album isn't too far different from that on 'Transcendence', only the more modern production gives it a much heavier crunch.

In fact, the only major difference between this album and earlier CG records is vocalist Wade Black, who has a huge task ahead of him (taking over for previous vocalist Midnight), but he pulls it off flawlessly, and sounds as though he has been in the band since the very beginning.

Included with this album is a bonus disk which has three live tracks on them. Although nothing amazing, they are still worth a listen, and make me sad that Crimson Glory never released a live album. Also of interest is the weird radio dialogue at the end of the album. We listen to a police radio for about 20 minutes, where the basic idea is that UFO's have been sighted and one police officer is trying to figure out what the hell is going on. On first listen it seemed a waste of time, but after multiple listens it's actually pretty cool and interesting, whilst also extremely chilling and haunting.

Highlights include 'War of the Worlds', 'New World Machine', 'Cyber Christ' and the epic 'Cydonia'. Although there are no songs on this album that I dislike, there are one or two tracks that kind of feel like they were just thrown in to make up the numbers. This is why the album only gets a four star rating instead of a five.

All-in-all this is a true gem. It may not be considered Crimson Glory's best album, but it's definitely worth getting, especially if modern heavy metal isn't intelligent enough for you.

Valarius | 4/5 |

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