CRIMSON GLORY — Astronomica

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Album · 1999

Filed under Heavy Metal
By CRIMSON GLORY

Tracklist

1. March To Glory (3:28)
2. War Of The Worlds (4:08)
3. New World Machine (4:14)
4. Astronomica (4:54)
5. Edge Of Forever (5:47)
6. Touch The Sun (5:55)
7. Lucifer's Hammer (4:25)
8. The Other Side Of Midnight (4:29)
9. Cyber-Christ (5:14)
10. Cydonia (27:05)

Total Time: 69:44

Bonus disc
1. War Of The Worlds (remake) (5:03)
2. Astronomica (demo version) (4:55)
3. Touch The Sun (demo version) (5:46)
4. Dragon Lady (live) (7:30)
5. Eternal World (live) (4:12)
6. Painted Skies (live) (7:08)
7. Queen Of The Masquerade (live) (6:18)
8. Lost Reflection (live) (6:28)

Total Time: 47:24

Line-up/Musicians

- Wade Black / vocals
- Jon Drenning / guitars
- Ben Jackson / guitars
- Jeff Lords / bass
- Steve Wachholz / drums

About this release

Release date: September 10th, 1999
Label: Spitfire Records

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martindavey87
It's been eight years since Crimson Glory's last release, 1991's 'Strange and Beautiful'. The band had made quite a name for themselves at the start of their career, but all their momentum was cut off by "the 90's". Music trends shifted and Crimson Glory, like so many others, failed to remain relevant. However, the band never faltered and eventually returned with 1999's 'Astronomica'.

While 'Strange and Beautiful' wasn't a terrible album, it didn't quite achieve the success of its predecessors, mostly due to the dying metal scene at the time, and the fact that the band tried being more experimental with their approach to songwriting. Thankfully, the boys are back on top form here, with 'Astronomica' going back to a full-on metal assault. Stylistically similar to 'Transcendence', the only major difference here, besides having a different vocalist, is a more beefed up production, which makes the Glory sound heavier than they ever had before.

The album has been scrutinized for its faults however. Most notable is that the drumming is all machine-programmed, a 20-minute police radio broadcast which closes the album off, but wastes a hell of a lot of time in doing so, and then there's vocalist Wade Black! Former vocalist Midnight left some impossible shoes to fill, and it's understandable why most fans weren't keen on Black's efforts, but for what it's worth, I think he does a good job and his voice suits the heavier sound of the band.

If you haven't completely given up with Crimson Glory by now, then you'll find some nice little gems on this album. Songs such as 'War of the Worlds', 'New World Machine', 'Cyber Christ', 'Cydonia' and the title track itself, can all hold their own with the bands previous material, and while it's fair to say this will never be their best release, it's still a worthy addition to any metal collection.
progshine
Astronomica (1999) is the fourth studio album by Crimson Glory, a North American band. In fact is their first album in 8 years since Strange And Beautiful (1991). Nothing strange that this was their comeback and also last release.

Crimson Glory plays pretty much Heavy Metal with hints of Progressive Metal. It is in fact a 4 man band, but it looks like a solo project, really.

Nothing, nothing remarkable. Nothing really stands out but one phrase in my mind: "Endless screaming and a horrible drum sound."

Oh yeah, and don't forget that after 5 minutes of the last song you still have more.... perfect!

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