Seriously, what can I write that has not been written before or pointed out by Hawk in his review? The first two CRIMSON GLORY albums are absolute classics of the Metal genre and now see a very deserved re-release through Polish Metal Mind Records, in a very nice DigiPak and a golden CD, limited to 2000 copies and with one bonus track, making this release even worth it for someone who already has the original (like me).
Style-wise CRIMSON GLORY back then played a pretty unique brand of Progressive Melodic Metal, which can be attributed to several factors. For one there is the very obvious voice of , crystal clear, at times ultra-high and with that equally characterizing for the Americans’ sound as dividing, as the pitches he ventures into at times are pretty extreme (but he still manages to hit every single note up there). Then there is the sheer atmosphere that the songs build up, somewhat mystic, sometimes almost ethereal, with Jon Drenning’s pretty unique leads, so despite me trying to put this into words, the actually majesty and magic of CRIMSON GLORY has to be beheld to be understood.
Even 22 years after their original release, songs like the stomping “Valhalla”, the wonderful “Dragon Lady”, the speedy firecracker “Mayday” or the wonderful and intense ballad “Lost Reflection” (also covered by MORGANA LEFAY a while back), which then explodes for a short time after a little more than three minutes, have not lost any of their fascination and just because I didn’t mention the other songs doesn’t mean that they are any worse, I just don’t want to name every single one of them, that’s what the track list is for, right?
While always remaining very accessible and melodic (hence Melodic Metal), the Floridians stay away from the shallowness of many bands that put accessibility and catchiness before actual musical substance, but spice things up with just the right amount of breaks and timing changes to keep the listener focused and enthralled all the way through. The somewhat echo-y production adds to the atmosphere, which has this kind of spacey quality to it, almost like a little sci-fi touch, if that makes sense.
As I had said before, it is very hard to capture the true grandeur of CRIMSON GLORY in words, because it is the sum of all parts that make this the classic it is, this is a must have for any Metalhead that is not completely immersed in extremity!