CD review STYGIAN CROWN ‘Stygian Crown’

Doom metal fans won’t be disappointed this summer. Sorcerer just released another milestone with their new album and now Stygian Crown, a newcomer band, ask for attention with a thunderous release.

Actually the sun often shines in California, but Stygian Crown’s sound doesn’t reflect it very much. It’s rather the darkness and humidity of a dungeon which is mirrored in the slow riffs of the seven songs (plus intro).

Stygian Crown started in 2018 and it was the ‘Through Divine Rite’ demo that caught the attention of Cruz Del Sur.

With their self-titled debut the five-piece band make a great start straight after the demo. An important part of the Stygian Crown sound is the voice of lead singer Melissa Pinion. Equipped with a classical vocal education, her powerful voice is an important asset for the band. Expressive, calm, loud and always controlled, Pinion gives the songs a charisma that not every band has at their disposal. In addition, the guitar duo Mirana/Hicks provides for enormous riff power, often in slo-mo but also with powerful outbursts like in ‘When Old Gods Die’. The solo part can almost be called a raging breakout and shows the full potential of the band from L.A..

Now, I mentioned ‘When Old Gods Die’ but you can basically chose any song on this album and you will be rewarded with excellent music. The atmospheric and calmer ‘Through Divine Rites’ is a great tune too, reminding partly of bands like Avatarium while the mighty ‘Devour the Dead’ is real doom metal monster.

‘Stygian Crown’ is a strong debut album, a longplayer that is a statement. These guys came to stay. Modern epic doom metal has to sound exactly like the quintet celebrates it for almost an hour on this album. Very strong.

Rating: 9 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. The Hall of Two Truths
  2. Devour the Dead
  3. Up From the Depths
  4. Through Divine Rite
  5. Flametongue
  6. When Old Gods Die
  7. Trampled Into the Earth
  8. Two Coins For the Ferryman

Label: Cruz Del Sur

Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Release Date EU: June 26th, 2020

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