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The band was originally founded in Rome, Italy, by Diego Cafolla (guitars) and Manuel Thundra Cafolla (drums) in 1996 under the name of Earth Shaker. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem Raven and driven by a will of change, the band's name was soon altered into Kingcrow. Together with Stefano Tissi (vocals), the first promo CD Eyes Of Memories was published in 1997. The second promo CD, Hurricane's Eye, was released in 2000, and served as the proof of Kingcrow's evolution into progressive atmospheres performed with a subtle hard rock and metal approach. This stylistic choice was finally consolidated in 2001 with the first official studio album, Something Unknown. In the same year Ivan Nastasi, a guitarist of the classic hard rock / heavy metal style, joined the band. In 2002 Stefano was replaced by Mauro Gelsomini (vocals), who contributed to the songs with his deep and emphatic approach. In June 2003 Kingcrow recorded a 3-track promo CD entitled Matzmariels. Ready for the next step, Kingcrow decided that the next release should be a conceptual album, and thus Insider became reality. Kingcrow noted, We see this album as a continuous flow of emotions narrated by music.

During 2004 and 2005, Kingcrow built their own recording studio in Rome. A new album, Timetropia, (heralded by media and fans as a true rock opera along the lines of Tommy, Jesus Christ Superstar or even Operation Mindcrime), was recorded and published worldwide by Lucretia Records International. In 2007 and 2008, together with new bassist Angelo Orlando, Kingcrow performed several live shows at the biggest Italian hard rock-heavy metal music festivals (including Gods Of Metal alongside Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to support the album release.

In February 2009, during the recording sessions for the new album, Phlegethon, Francesco D'Errico (bass) joined the band. Also Mauro decided to leave the band due to personal reasons, and was substituted by Diego Marchesi, a singer with outstanding vocal skills that has an emotional approach which will help consolidate Kingcrow's status as one of the most original bands to come out of Italy in recent years.

Currently the band has just finished Phlegethon, a new overall and exciting concept, representing the very best of their progressive rock / metal approach. According to the band This new discs finds us exploring paths of progressive rock and metal we've never ventured before - it is an exciting time for us and we feel more confid...
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4.20 | 5 ratings
Something Unknown
2001
4.00 | 5 ratings
Insider
2003
3.12 | 6 ratings
Timetropia
2006
3.68 | 43 ratings
Phlegethon
2010
3.73 | 36 ratings
In Crescendo
2013

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1999
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2000
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2003

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 In Crescendo by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 36 ratings

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In Crescendo
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars This is my first foray in Italy's Kingcrow and their music. A fellow writer at powerofmetal.dk was adamant that I should hear this album, and I'm glad I took the plunge. First of all, I'm not sure how prog metal these guys are anymore. They have definitely mellowed from my slight earlier experiences with them, but that is not a bad thing at all.

Kingcrow has lately been called a "Riverside clone". I honestly don't get this because they sound nothing like Riverside in any way. They utilize a great balance of heavy and soft, light and dark. So, we hear some great soulful guitars solos, but we also get some intense riffing at times. We get ballads, but we also get rockers. Like I said, it's a nice balance. I can, however, see why another reviewer mentioned that Kingcrow seems confused as to whom they are. I agree slightly, as you can feel their urge to jam. But they don't. This is called "restraint", and it's a very good thing. This album is all the better for it.

An example of this would be the track "Morning Rain", a very mellow track that provides us with an "epic" ending that never is anything but beautiful. The title track, too, is filled with piano accompaniment and beautifully performed melodic guitar work. Indeed, melody is a driving force on the whole album, from the stunning keyboard passages to the harmonizing vocals. This can especially be seen in the very appealing choruses and vocal passages that do seem very inspired. Bands are more and more coming to realize how important melody really is in relation to highly memorable albums. Kingcrow has done a fabulous job of capturing melody, harmony, and a few riffing jams for good measure. They don't do it flawlessly, but they certainly do an admirable job to the tune of a 4 star rating. I'm looking forward to seeing this band evolve further.

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 In Crescendo by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 36 ratings

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In Crescendo
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

3 stars Kingscrow started as long ago as 1996, and this is their fifth studio album although it is the first one I've come across. They are an Italian band and looking at who they have been playing with, and the festivals they have been part of, it seems that they have historically been coming at their music from a metallic perspective. If that is indeed the case, then they have changed tack quite a way and are now much more in the Porcupine Tree/Riverside area with a more atmospheric feel to the music. In fact, they use emotion so much that it can almost be thought of as an instrument in its' own right and it particularly works well with the more acoustic elements. But, I do believe that here is a band that musically is in a state of flux and they aren't quite sure what they want to be, which can then be confusing for the listener as well.

There are some songs where they approach it much more from a prog metal perspective, but then mute the guitars and restrict their impact. It is almost as if at times that they want to be Opeth, but are afraid to let loose and really go for it, which in itself is at odds with the more atmospheric and acoustic pieces which almost sound as if they don't belong on the same album. Their last, 'Phlegethon', seemed to gain almost universal praise but I'm not sure that the same will happen this time. If there were more songs like "The Drowning Line", where there is the impression of a prog metal band trying to get out, then this album would be a much stronger proposition. But, they need to decide what musical approach they are going to follow as although there are some fine songs and performances on here it is too disjointed to be get anything more than 3*'s.

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 In Crescendo by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.73 | 36 ratings

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Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by Tull Tales

4 stars I had never heard of this band before seeing this album listed in the new releases column, but it had an interesting looking cover so I dug in. On the strength of Mellotron Storm's comments about the previous release, "Phlegethon" and the generally high marks this release was receiving, I decided to take a chance.

My first impressions were that it didn't really seem to be that 'metal' sounding to me. While the players all seem quite competent, the music is not generally of a highly technical nature. It sounds more like "Deadwing" era Porcupine Tree, than say Dream Theater or Symphony X. The album is riddled with great riffs and hooks and is very fun to listen to. I enjoy the generous use of the acoustic guitar both as texture and lead instrument. The keyboards are used more to create mood and fill out the sound than as a solo instrument, and are tastefully done and utilize quality tones. A solid rhythm section provides a nice bottom end making the sound nice and fat and hard rocking during the up tempo numbers. The vocalist is not always quite in tune and English is clearly not his first language, but this is not really a distraction as he is competent enough and has a pleasant tone. My version does not include the lyrics, so I am not always sure what is being said, but what I can make out suggests that this is not necessarily their forte.

I struggle a little with whether this is 3 or 4 stars, as I do not feel that it is essential, but it is quite an enjoyable listen, and I find myself drifting back to it often. Probably 3.5 rounded up.

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 Phlegethon by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.68 | 43 ratings

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Phlegethon
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars KINGCROW are from Italy and this is their most recent album called "Phlegethon". It's a concept album about a guy who is quite dysfunctional and we follow him through the different experiences he goes through in his life that in turn change his personality. They have a new singer and bass player for this one. I must admit i've been slow to really embrace this one and I think it's because the concept takes priority much of the time, but having said that I just am so impressed with most of this album. I was wavering between 3.5 and 4 stars but decided on the latter because this is just too good, and I can tell it's still growing on me. But no this hasn't blown me away or anything like that.

"The Slide" opens with the sounds of waves as synths come in and create atmosphere. Piano after a minute followed by a full sound. Vocals too. Love the drums to end it. "Timeshift Box" is a really good instrumental with some great sounding guitar. One of my favs. "Islands" is another keeper. Laid back guitar and vocals early but then it all gets fuller and I like the bass here a lot. It ends like it began. "The Great Silence" has some Gilmour- like guitar as it builds. It turns heavy. "Lullaby For An Innocent" has more laid back guitar as reserved vocals and piano join in.The harmonies remind me of FLOYD.The guitar soars at times. Check it out 3 1/2 minutes in. "Evasion" has some deep bass and prominant drumming and other sounds. Synths roll in then heavy guitar. Oh yeah ! Vocals sound processed. An pretty good track. "Numb" is relaxed with a beat and synths as reserved vocals join in. It kicks in before 2 1/2 minutes with guitar. Slow riffs come in as it settles back.

"Washing Out Memories" is mellow with vocals until it kicks in after 2 minutes thankfully. "A New Life" is bright sounding to start.The guitar proceeds to rip it up 1 1/2 minutes in (nice) then it settles back. "Lovocaine" is dark as the guitar comes in. It reminds me of TOOL here.Vocals join in.The song continues to pick up then settle back.This is one of the better tracks. "Fading Out Pt.III" also sounds really good. Intricate guitar to start but it turns heavy quickly and vocals join in. I like the vocal melodies and rough sounding vocals on this one. Haunting atmosphere after 5 1/2 minutes.Great tune. "Phlegethon" is the longest track at close to 10 minutes in length. Kicking ass to start then it settles down just before a minute.Vocals are almost spoken when they arrive and it's dark and atmospheric. Guitar and vocals become more passionate.The guitar is grinding away after 6 1/2 minutes.Waves and piano 8 minutes in as it calms right down.Waves only ends it just like the album began.

If I take the time to get into the concept I know this will be a solid 4 stars. I'm just not there yet. A low 4 stars for now.

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 Phlegethon by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.68 | 43 ratings

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Phlegethon
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by J-Man
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4 stars A Gem of Modern Prog Metal

Kingcrow is a band that has been around for quite a while, and it's really a shame I haven't discovered them until now. Phlegethon is their fourth album, and if this album is a judge of the quality of their back-catalog, I have a feeling I will be hunting for their first three albums very soon. Phlegethon is a very high-quality modern prog metal release with just about all the right ingredients to make a successful concept album. True, traditional prog metal concept albums have been done many times before, but Kingcrow manages to keep a fresh sound throughout all of Phlegethon. If you're a fan of progressive metal who's in search of a concept album that's not a carbon-copy of Scenes From a Memory, Phlegethon deserves to be in your collection.

Kingcrow has a pretty diverse sound, even though their sound is rooted in traditional progressive metal. I hear Queensr’che, Fates Warning, and Pain of Salvation influences from the prog metal side of the coin, but there are also distinct Pink Floyd and Marillion influences in Kingcrow's music. Even though they are a prog metal band, there isn't a whole lot of technicality here. Don't expect many guitar and keyboard duals on Phlegethon. Songs like Lullaby for an Innocent are especially soft, and remind me of a Pain of Salvation ballad. There are some heavier tracks like Fading Out Pt. III, however, that give the album some good variation. Strict metalheads may not enjoy the ballads and softer parts of the album, but I personally really enjoy them. I find them to be really beautiful (for the most part), and it rarely enters a notable level of cheesiness.

The musicians in Kingcrow are very capable, and they've successfully proved that shredding isn't the only thing necessary to show your worth. Of all the musicians, I especially have to applaud lead singer Diego Marchesi. He really nails many different styles, and his sound is unique and enjoyable. All of the instrumentalists are highly talented as well.

The production is really good. It's very warm and atmospheric, which fits Kingcrow's sound perfectly.

Conclusion:

Phlegethonis a great album by Kingcrow. I really can't wait to hear more from this band! If you like progressive metal concept albums on the softer and more melodic side, I can highly recommend checking out Phlegethon. My rating is somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, but I'll go with 4 shiny stars for this gem. Very much recommended for fans of progressive rock/metal!

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 Phlegethon by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.68 | 43 ratings

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Phlegethon
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Phlegethon is the 4th full-length studio album by Italian progressive rock/ metal act Kingcrow. The album was released in May 2010 by Scarlet Records.

Phlegethon is a 65:53 minute long concept album. The storyline involves love and tragedy as the main ingredients. As such a classic theme. The music on the album is progressive metal with strong ties to neo progressive rock in the vein of post Fish-era Marillion. An act like Porcupine Tree also comes to mind and the bluesy David Gilmour influenced guitar solos gives away a Pink Floyd influence. When the music is most "metal" influenced I“m reminded of the least technical Dream Theater tracks and the music on Phlegethon is overall not that technical in style. There“s an emphasis on pleasant and warm atmosphere instead. The emotional vocal delivery by Diego Marchesi further emphasises this. That“s not to say that the band are not well playing and there are parts on the album that are pretty impressive, so progressive metal fans should not be left too wanting. Tracks like Timeshift Box and the last part of Numb (Incipit, Climax & Coda) are examples of the more technical progressive metal on the album. Just don“t expect this to be a Watchtower clone if you know what I mean. The many soft and mellow parts on the album took me a while to appreciate but the more I listen the more the melodies unfold and the more those parts have become interesting. The fact that all songs are well composed and the musicianship is strong makes up for the most easy listening parts. The latter parts are fortunately few.

The production is warm and professional. A good sound for the music.

Phlegethon is a good release by Kingcrow. I find it to be an enjoyable and pleasant listen. A 3.5 star rating is fully deserved. Fans of progressive metal with a neo progressive rock touch should definitely check this one out. Phlegethon didn“t impress me right away, so this is an album that has grown on me and keeps getting better and better with each spin.

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 Phlegethon by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.68 | 43 ratings

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Phlegethon
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by DeKay

3 stars This is Kingcrow's fourth album and according to the band, their most ambitious and adventurous effort. Kingcrow play progressive metal with prog rock (mainly neo-prog here) influences. Their main influences are Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, and Porcupine Tree, which is a good choice for any prog metal band, unless their influences are so obvious, as in some parts of "Phlegethon", which, however, is a very good album.

1. "The Slide" is the album's intro, and not a good start at all. That's not because it's a bad intro, but because it essentially is a cover of "High Hopes". I am sure that was not the band's intention, but the similarities are impossible to ignore.

2. "Timeshift Box" (instrumental) blasts with a magnificent riff and continues in the Dream Theater (especially Petrucci guitar playing) vein with great ideas from both guitarists. Solid and efficient, one of my favourite album tracks.

3. "Islands" is one of the best compositions in the album with great riffing and very good vocal lines from Diego Marchesi, a new band member and very good vocalist.

4. "The Great Silence" is a small, slow prog metal song. Some very good vocals again, reminding of Daniel Gildenlöw, as in...

5. "Lullaby For An Innocent", a really adventurous song with variant sounds and moods. There are obvious neo-prog influences here, especially before the breaking of both electric guitar solos. Exceptional.

6. "Evasion" is a more modern song. The vocal lines remind of typical Porcupine Tree (post In Absentia) and the chorus gives the catchy impression of "Black Brick Road" (Lake Of Tears).

7. "Numb" is by far my favourite song in "Phlegethon". Lasting a bit less than 9 minutes, this is a very interesting opinion on prog metal. Very fresh and inspired, with a beautiful structure, it grows more after every listen.

8. "Washing Out Memories" is another neo-prog influenced prog metal track. The work of the two guitarists especially from 3:51 till the end of the song is really great.

9. "A New Life" includes many rhythm changes, and, once again, a very good melodic solo closing.

10. "Lovocaine" is probably the song that will appeal to most (prog) metal fans. It's the heaviest song in the album. There is a turn towards eastern sounds and after every listen Pain of Salvation come to mind. Good one.

11. "Fading Out PT. III" continues what "Lovocaine" had started, with a much more prog touch, multuple vocals and a very good twin guitar solo. I have to admit that this is the only song with a descent keyboard sound production, which is rather weak in most of the other tracks.

12. "Phlegethon" is the closing song and some kind of the album epic, lasting 9:44 with evident Pain of Salvation touches. It is really good, however the sound of the rhythm guitars is a bit low (not only here), and this weakens the song to a great extent.

Overall, a very good album. I had a great time listening to "Phlegethon" and I think that any prog metal fan will at least like and respect Kingcrow. I apologize for not mentioning anything about the lyrics. I haven't read them yet, and I know that it is very important for a concept album.

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 Timetropia by KINGCROW album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.12 | 6 ratings

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Timetropia
Kingcrow Progressive Metal

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Nice release from this Italian band.

Excelling at switching from acoustic/mellow parts to metal and back, and with some excellent guitar playing sparingly but effectively backed up by synths from time to time, there's lots of interesting tunes to listen to here. And as it is a concept album, fans of those will probably want to check this one out anyhow.

Main drawbacks here are vocal performance; as the vocals doesn't really seem to fit whenever the songs hit the metal parts; as well as a couple of rather cheesy tracks.

But overall a nice release, with more than a few intriguing moments to enjoy for those who enjoy the less aggressive part of the progressive metal universe.

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