Band: Crowned In Earth
Band Website: www.myspace.com/crownedmetal
Label: Black Widow Records
Label Website: www.blackwidow.it
Release Date: 2012
Here’s another band that seems to be taking advantage of the “old school prog” sound these days. They’re called Crowned in Earth and this is the band’s second recording entitled A Vortex of Earthly Chimes. The band is the duo of Kevin Lawry (vocals, guitars, bass & keyboards) and Darin McCloskey (drums) and they’ve been together since 2007. Crowned in Earth create a doom-laden musical sound that hearkens back to the time of Black Sabbath’s fourth album. And the sincerity of approach shines through.
A Vortex of Earthly Chimes, a title that screams of “period-piece” really more than hints at what to expect on this disc. The sound is lovingly crafted with all the hallmarks of an earlier era. The band indicate influences such as Black Sabbath, Van Der Graaf Generator, Camel and even Genesis and you know as you listen to these five tracks, three of them over eleven minutes long, you do hear those very sounds. It’s with the guitar that they betray their most obvious Black Sabbath influence but when saddled up with the heavy organs or Mellotron sounds the material tends to become music of their own making. It hints of the others, but you know straight off the others didn’t write these tunes. Which in the end makes the music of Crowned in Earth all its own. Incorporating all the right early styled prog transitions of fast to slow, changing tempos, etc. the music will remind you of other bands such as Atomic Rooster especially with the pervading doomy quality. The other aspect that I like about the music here is that it’s not cluttered or over produced so for heavy music it really breathes.
Crowned in Earth being a relatively new band show tremendous promise. This second album displays some nice musical chops that I’m sure will appeal to new prog fans discovering this sound for the first time and older prog fans looking to have a mental flashback. And it might also hold great appeal for early Black Sabbath fans like me who always wanted that band to be a little more proggy. Thank you for satisfying my longstanding request. This is a cool disc, you should check it out.