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Album Review

Even the most die-hard extreme metal fan would have to admit that out of all the heavy metal subgenres, it is probably the most one-dimensional-sounding of all. Seemingly, just about every single band that fits under the extreme metal umbrella follows the same game plan — screams, growls, gonzoid guitar riffing, and metronome-perfect drumming. And on their 2009 release, Guardians, the Westerville, OH-based quintet Crimson Armada certainly fit this description. But according to a press release issued around the time of the album's release, what sets Crimson Armada apart from the rest of the extreme metal pack is that they supposedly promote "a positive spiritual message through their music and meaningful lyrics going beyond the trend of broken relationships or pure brutality." Well, we'll have to take the label's word on this — as evidenced by such tracks as "Guardian" and "In the Eyes of God," good luck trying to decipher what lead growler Saud Ahmed is saying without the aid of a lyric sheet.


Formed: 2007 in Westerville, OH

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in 2007, Westerville, Ohio quintet the Crimson Armada found themselves on a meteoric rise through the extreme metal world. The band, consisting of Saud Ahmed (vocals/keyboards), Dan Hatfield (guitar), Josh Jardin (guitar), Chris Yates (bass/vocals), and David Puckett (drums), got together with the goal of creating metal that touched all the varied subgenres of extreme music while embedding a spiritual message in its lyrics, opting to veer away from the obsession with gore and blasphemy common...
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