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Album Review

Though they'd formed as early as 1982, it's obvious from the very first moments of Crimson Glory's 1986 self-titled debut that the band's creative enlightenment had only arrived with Queensrÿche's acclaimed The Warning album, which had set a new standard for British-derived American metal the previous year. To their credit, however, Crimson Glory had a lot to offer from a musical standpoint as well. Thought they initially drew much media attention because of their mysterious silver masks, the group had an astoundingly powerful vocalist in the enigmatic Midnight (whose ear-shattering screams, much like those of Queensrÿche's Geoff Tate, have become a hopeless anachronism); and in guitarists Jon Drenning and Ben Jackson, a team capable of supplying excellent harmonies and truly beautiful melodic lines. These talents were made evident on classic metal anthems like "Angels of War" and the epic "Heart of Steel," which opens with a gorgeous interplay between their acoustic and electric guitars. And while not all the material here is exactly up to snuff, when they get it right, Crimson Glory are as good as American metal gets — witness the driving "Dragon Lady" and the absolute classic "Azrael" for proof. Ultimately, Crimson Glory is a very fine album that has withstood the test of time much better than you'd expect.

Customer Reviews

Crimson Glory

Brilliant band, brilliant album.
As good now as it was when it was first released.
Rock fans buy this.

Classic 80s Metal

I saw Crimson Glory when they supported Anthrax and Metal Church at the Hammersmith Odeon in 87 (when "I Am The Law" was about to go stellar), and being on the bill with two thrash acts meant that they stood out - because they were far more technical and classically metal in the Maiden, Priest and Queensryche mold. This album, if you like those bands, will hit all the right buttons. Operatic histrionic vocals, dualling high-pitched lead guitars, and a very solid rhythm section, playing some very fine music. This great show led me to this, and their next album Transcendance, and both are wonderful throwbacks to a time when bands doing maxed-out-Maiden-metal were not just cliched copists, but actually did some very good stuff.

None of the tracks are bad - strong through out - but Valhalla is a stone cold classic, as is the creepy balled acoustic Lost Reflection.

Biography

Formed: 1982 in United States

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The progressive metal band Crimson Glory formed in Florida in 1982. Vocalist Midnight, guitarists Jeff Drenning and Ben Jackson, bassist Jeff Lords and drummer Dana Burnell had played together for over three years before Roadrunner signed the band and released the Crimson Glory album in 1986. The album received good reviews, prompting MCA to pick up the group for 1988's Transcendence. Burnell and Jackson were dumped soon after the album's release, and the duo later resurfaced as the heavy metal band...
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  • £7.90
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: 01 September 1986

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