Tuesday, 13 January 2015

CROWNED IN EARTH - Metempsychosis

Cover artwork by Brian Tutlo.
Got new Crowned in Earth album in the inbox, fist-pumped and happy danced, in that order. Make no illusions, this is a biased write-up. I was already a fan of the first two Crowned in Earth albums, but when I read that Pug Kirby (bass) and Darin McCloskey (drums) were involved I nearly bought a wig so I could flip it. 'Metempsychosis' hearkens back to the heydays of prog, even more so than the decidedly proggy 'A Vortex of Earthly Chimes' with its mind-blowing jazzy arrangements and unearthly structures. At this point Kevin Lawry has all but blasted the doom of 'Visions of the Haunted' out of the Crowned in Earth sound, there's no question what kind of album this is. Biased opinion or not, this album is an instant classic of progressive rock (see video below (Holy shit!)). Fans of King Crimson, East of Eden, Van der Graaf Generator and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis will NOT want to miss this one. That's some lofty company, indeed this album aspires to lofty things.

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