Hi everyone, DJ Zang here once again i get to make a weak attempt at English and review one of the new albums to come out! Kingcrow
About the band
The band was originally founded in Rome, Italy, by Diego Cafolla (guitars) and Manuel Thundra Cafolla (drums) in 1996 under the name of "Earth Shaker". Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Raven" and driven by a will of change, the band's name was soon altered into Kingcrow. Together with Stefano Tissi (vocals), the first promo CD "Eyes Of Memories" was published in 1997. The second promo CD, "Hurricane's Eye", was released in 2000, and served as the proof of Kingcrow's evolution into progressive atmospheres performed with a subtle hard rock and metal approach. This stylistic choice was finally consolidated in 2001 with the first official studio album, "Something Unknown". In the same year Ivan Nastasi, a guitarist of the classic hard rock / heavy metal style, joined the band. In 2002 Stefano was replaced by Mauro Gelsomini (vocals), who contributed to the songs with his deep and emphatic approach. In June 2003 Kingcrow recorded a 3-track promo CD entitled "Matzmariels". Ready for the next step, Kingcrow decided that the next release should be a conceptual album, and thus "Insider" became reality. Kingcrow noted, "We see this album as a continuous flow of emotions narrated by music".
During 2004 and 2005, Kingcrow built their own recording studio in Rome. A new album, "Timetropia", (heralded by media and fans as a true rock opera along the lines of "Tommy", "Jesus Christ Superstar" or even "Operation Mindcrime"), was recorded and published worldwide by Lucretia Records International. In 2007 and 2008, together with new bassist Angelo Orlando, Kingcrow performed several live shows at the biggest Italian hard rock-heavy metal music festivals (including Gods Of Metal alongside Iron Maiden and Judas Priest to support the album release.
In February 2009, during the recording sessions for the album, "Phlegethon", Francesco D'Errico (bass) joined the band. Also Mauro decided to leave the band due to personal reasons, and was substituted by Diego Marchesi, a singer with outstanding vocal skills that has an emotional approach which will help consolidate Kingcrow's status as one of the most original bands to come out of Italy in recent years.
With each release Kingcrow has taken a step further away from their original roots as a classic hard rock / metal band and is today one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer.
The progressive metal aficionados at New Jersey-based Sensory Records this week announce the pending release of the newest album from Italy’s KINGCROW, In Crescendo.
While working in a mostly progressive metal direction in the earlier days, KINGCROW has increasingly expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of rock, nowadays rounded-out in a culmination of strong atmospheric component similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd but also bearing a heavier, metallic semblance to Opeth and Dream Theater. This is boldly present on the band’s fifth studio full-length, In Crescendo, the new album encompassing nearly an hour over eight epic movements. Produced by the band’s own Diego and Thundra Cafolla at Sound Under Pressure in Rome, the massive album was then mixed by Giampiero Ulacco and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Over the past two years KINGCROW has expanded the band’s fanbase through European tours in support of both Redemption and Jon Oliva, in addition to performances at ProgPower Europe and ProgPower USA. Plans for a U.S. tour are being devised for 2013 in support of In Crescendo.
Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge, will release In Crescendo in North America on February 12th. Stay tuned for further updates as KINGCROW takes to the road in the New Year.
Not having heard of Kingcrow before i wasn’t sure as to what to expect from them.
When the first track started i was a bit fooled as it began to sound electronic.
Was i surprised the main Riff kicks in and i was instantly wowed by the song.
After listening to this track and hearing a lot of Dream Theater influences it certainly made me want more.
The second track This aint another Love Song is certainly not a love song but slower then the first.
Although im not a huge fan of the slower songs i just had to keep going ..
My favorite tracks in this album definitely is Track 3 The Hatch and The Drowning Line they are fast, stylish and makes me want to stand up out of my chair and start headbanging.
My least favorite track is Morning Rain, but again thats because im not a huge fan of Ballads and this song is definitely a ballad.
For a ballad its very well done.
As i mentioned earlier, since having not heard of this band before i was pleasantly surprised at this band and album.
I think this band would make an awesome addition to any Lacuna Coil Tour.
I would certainly give this album a solid 8/10
Diego Cafolla - guitars
Ivan Nastasi - guitars
Diego Marchesi - vocals
Thundra Cafolla - drums
Francesco D'Errico- bass
Cristian Della Polla - keyboards
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