Album Review: Crone of War – Beneath Grey Skies

Crone of War

Artist: Crone of War

Album: Beneath Grey Skies

Release Date: May 7th, 2016

Label: Self Release

Progressive metal is a wide term to talk about a band’s music nowadays as genre definitions and borders become blurry with each release. Is Cynic progressive? Is Dream Theater? Is Ayreon? Gojira? Well, Crone of War’s Beneath Grey Skies is another one of those albums that will make you ask this same question one more time.

If this was the 1990’s, we would call Beneath Grey Skies thrash metal and paste a sticker on the jewel case, saying “for fans of Sepultura and Pantera, mostly Pantera” and be done with the definition game. Do not be alarmed, I will not do that and end this review as there is much to be told. Of course, the initial sensation of thrash metal will be your first welcome sign to Beneath Grey Skies. Craig Moggy’s singing style resembles the infamous Phil Anselmo. Forget his declarations though, focus on his style. Sepultura part of things come with certain rhythm arrangements, although as I said earlier, Pantera will be the main comparison.

The guitar sound is probably the second reason for this resemblance. Old-school thrash vibe is all over the place with the somewhat crunchy, high pitched sound. Nowadays, it is all about down-tuning the guitars all the way to the core of the planet with 7, 8 string guitars and to be truthful, Crone of War’s “old” sound is a fresh treat to my ears. The editing of the album is done in style as well as you do not hear over edited, epic tight drum sequences which pretty much dulls the sound *throws a hard, mean look at European metal market*. Instrumentation is pleasing to the ears. There are no epic guitar shows or Marco Minnemann level mind blowing drumming but neither the ear, nor the genre needs it here anyway. It is about the energy of the songs and they flow through nice.

I am not sure if this sound and genre would carry the band to fame and fortune but if you are one of those guys / gals who miss the venue-breather thrash metal with beers at hand, this is probably the type of music to be played. Well, a bill with Testament, Overkill and Crone of War would be an awesome neck-breaker evening.

All in all, if you like southern thrash, this is a nice piece of work. My two criticisms would be the lack of total variety in songs which may cause you to feel lost and wonder what track you are listening to. The second one is the progressive metal tag of the band which I am not sure if it fits the bill. Good work people. The two videos at the bottom of this review are good showcase tracks. Also, you can check the opener, “Betrayal” which pretty much sums up the general sound.

Oh, one final thing: As I say this to all bands; have a website. Do not rely on social media sites. No, it is not enough only to have a Facebook page and whoever tells you that is wrong. Go ask marketing gurus like Michael Hyatt or Jeff Walker if you are unsure.

8/10

Line Up:

Craig Moggy – Vocals/Bass
Joe Greco – Guitar
Dylan Nantais – Percussion

 

Crone of War Official Facebook

 

Ophidian

About Ophidian

Oganalp Canatan is a singer, composer and a writer. He is the creator of Maegi and he was the co-founder of bands Dreamtone and Dreamtone & Iris Mavrakis Neverland. He has released albums from various labels, like EMI Turkey and AFM Records. Oganalp had worked with some of the most important names of metal music on his albums; from Tim Ripper Owens to Hansi Kürsch, from Chris Boltendahl to Jon Oliva. In the last 15 years, he has released six albums and three singles, worked at music magazines and shared stage with bands like Blind Guardian, Opeth, Evergrey, Dream Theater, Anathema, Haggard, Jon Oliva's Pain, Circle II Circle, U.D.O. and more.
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2 Responses to Album Review: Crone of War – Beneath Grey Skies

  1. Craig Moggy says:

    Hello Ophidian! Thanks for the awesome review. Just wanted to mention, website is ready, release date on that will be May 8th, 2016 after our CD release party is done. Digital sales will be available through the site as well. We will keep Metal Nation Radio in the loop as we release the album to the World! Thanks again.

    Craig Moggy
    Crone of War

  2. Craig Moggy says:

    Website is active…. Feel free to peruse…
    http://www.croneofwar.com

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