CROWNED IN EARTH

Doom Metal / Non-Metal • United Kingdom
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Crowned In Earth is the vision of multi instrumentalist Kevin Lawry. In 2008 he released the ‘Welcome To The Brotherhood Of The Crown’ EP which was described by Zero Tolerance magazine as “splendid doom, crushing, bleak & colossal” and caught the attention of the underground Doom scene world wide.

The success of the ‘Welcome To The Brotherhood Of The Crown’ EP led to a deal with Shadow Kingdom Records for a debut album to be recorded at the end of 2009. During the writing of the album, drummer extraordinaire Darin McCloskey (Pale Divine) was recruited and added a formidable rhythm section to Kevin’s slothful riffs. The debut album ‘Visions Of The Haunted’ was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim.

At the start of 2011, Kevin began arranging songs for a follow up to ‘Visions Of The Haunted’. It was clear early on, the new compositions were drawing guidance from
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CROWNED IN EARTH Visions of the Haunted album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Visions of the Haunted
Doom Metal 2010
CROWNED IN EARTH A Vortex of Earthly Chimes album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
A Vortex of Earthly Chimes
Doom Metal 2012
CROWNED IN EARTH Metempsychosis album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metempsychosis
Non-Metal 2015

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CROWNED IN EARTH Welcome to the Brotherhood of the Crown album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Welcome to the Brotherhood of the Crown
Doom Metal 2008

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CROWNED IN EARTH A Vortex of Earthly Chimes

Album · 2012 · Doom Metal
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Kev Rowland
This album had a few things going for it before I even put it on the player. Firstly it was released by Black Widow, one of my favourite labels, and I just loved the artwork, which reminded me a great deal of the music of the Seventies. This is the second full-length album from the guys (and at 47 minutes is 12 minutes longer than their last album), and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Lawry and drummer Darin McCloskey have been joined by Brian J Anthony on mellotron. Note the important distinction there: he doesn’t play keyboards plural, but mellotron singular. That is already enough to get many proghead’s pulses racing, as if just one instrument was seen as being key to the Seventies prog sound then that would be it.

There are only five songs, but three of them stretch out to more than ten minutes, so I settled back to enjoy an album that promised to bring together influences from the likes of Black Sabbath, Cathedral, Reverend Bizarre, Camel, King Crimson, Black Widow, Ancestors, Electric Wizard and Atomic Rooster. Well, maybe not quite. There are parts of this album that do gel together very well, but there are others where it is way too workmanlike. The vocals just aren’t powerful enough, and while the guitar sound is beautifully rich and dramatic, with some nice mellotron overlays, there just isn’t enough going on to fully maintain my interest. When I look at Umur’s review on MMA of their previous album he says “the music is rather dull though and lacks power and conviction. The songs aren’t especially memorable either. There’s nothing really bad here either though, the material just comes off mediocre.”. Now I haven’t heard that album, but pretty much can be said for this one. It is okay, but really nothing more than that. www.blackwidow.it

CROWNED IN EARTH Visions of the Haunted

Album · 2010 · Doom Metal
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Visions of the Haunted is the debut full-length studio album by UK doom metal act Crowned in Earth. The album was released in May 2010 by Shadow Kingdom Records. The album is rather short for a doom metal release, being only 35:14 minutes long, but of course a 35:14 minutes long release still fully qualifies to be called a full-length album. Crowned in Earth is a two-man act consisting of Kevin Lawry on vocals, guitars, bass and organ and Darin McCloskey on drums.

The music on the 5 tracks on the album is traditional doom metal greatly influenced by the classic 70s/ 80s acts in the genre ( Witchfinder General, Pentagram, Saint Vitus and of course Black Sabbath). We´re talking a very traditional sounding doom metal album here and you´ll have to look long for innovation. That´s not a problem if the music kicked ass, but unfortunately that´s not exactly the case here. The instrumental side of the music varies between doomy parts and some more uptempo mid-paced sections. In addition to guitars, bass and drums, there´re occassional organ lines which gives the music an epic touch. The music is rather dull though and lacks power and conviction. The songs aren´t especially memorable either. There´s nothing really bad here either though, the material just comes off mediocre. The vocal delivery by Kevin Lawry unfortunately doesn´t help on that impression. He sounds like he couldn´t bother less and he has a rather unremarkable voice to boot. To top it off the production isn´t very good either. The instruments sound detached from each other in the mix.

So all in all this is a very mediocre traditional doom metal album. I´ve heard plenty of albums in this genre that sounds more interesting and professional and I´m having a hard time jystifying why I should put on Visions of the Haunted instead of one of them. A 2.5 star rating is warranted.

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