Off the heels of their debut EP, “The One,” French expermiental sludge metal duo C.R.O.W.N. is right back with “Psychurgy,” a 59-minute wall of sound that is about as heavy as anything out there today. C.R.O.W.N. is actually a tough band to pin down to one specific genre. They are very experimental and use elements of post-metal in their music.
Candlelight Records must have been licking their chops when they landed C.R.O.W.N. because they are one of these new wave bands that are gathering a lot of steam right now like bands such as Sunn O))).
While their wall of sound if not really reinventing the wheel, they are doing something that not many bands are doing these days, so I give them kudos for that.
The album starts off with a senseless, long introduction that could have just as easily been left out. It quickly follows into Abyss, which is 6 minutes of musical bliss with some great droning guitar parts and solid shouting vocals. Blood Runs is the next track, and the one that I keep going back to. This one is just under 9 minuted and worth every second of it. It is part explosive and part melodic with a nice mix of layers vocals and guitar parts. The outro to the song has a repetitive riff that I could listen to for hours without getting bored.
Empress Hierophant starts out with one of the most simplistic drum riffs that you will ever hear and then introduces the down-tuned bass with the opening hypnotic verse. This is another near 9-minute aural assault that is wonderful.
Other highlights of the album include Serpent and Fire and Telepath with their chunky riffs and groove. The main highlight of the album is the closing track Alpha Omega though. It almost has a industrial metal sound to it, but makes great use of repetitive droning guitar lines along with some great distorted vocals.
Overall, “Psychurgy” is one of those releases that you put on and just mellow out to. Lose yourself in the music and let yourself go. You will envision happiness and sadness, but you will fall into the trance of the music. This is not an everyday listen, but it is something that you will go back to a lot when the mood is right. Do not let the genre of expermimental metal scare you on this one.
Psychurgy Track Listing:
1. Kynesyk I
3. Blood Runs
4. Empress Hierophant
5. Serpent and Fire
6. Kynesyk II
8. We Will Crush the Open Sky
10. Alpha Omega
P. G – Guitars
S.A. – Guitars, Vocals