U.S. Doom Lords NORTHERN CROWN are streaming their new self-titled sophomore album. Visit music.northerncrownband.com/album/northern-crown to stream and/or purchase this beast of a release!
The band has sharpened the approach on the forthcoming full-length, combining more dirty rock organ and chunky guitar riffs with their trademark doom-isms. Following up on their debut album The Others, their self-titled sophomore release maintains the smoke and mirrors of the first EP In The Hands of The Betrayer but leans more in the direction of the first record and the band’s oldest rock influences – DIO, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, and BLACK SABBATH.
NORTHERN CROWN handled mixing on their own again, but brought in the mastering talents of Tony Lindgren from Sweden’s Fascination Street Studios (Witchcraft, Enslaved, Amorphis) for the final touches. Artwork by prolific artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Katatonia, Death) captures the album’s winding atmosphere, rounding out the release.
Reflecting the uncertainty of the dark times we exist in at the moment, Northern Crown tackles the difficult subject of how well we really know ourselves and how that shapes what we do and become. Echoing their previous releases’ indulgent 10-minute+ epics, the track, “The Desert and The Wind,” nods to the prog-heads, while the band also includes a glowing tribute to My Dying Bride with a full cover of “Your River.” The record also introduces a lineup change, with vocalist and guitarist Frank Serafine handling drums. Weaponlord’s mighty Leona Hayward returns on bass, backing Zachary Randall’s guitar alchemy and harsh vocals. Solos from Nightfall/Dark Hound lead shred-monster Evan Hensley punctuate the record.
“Northern Crown deal in doom but not in the style you might be used too. No, these guys take a classic rock/metal style and twist to their use resulting in an album that thrills and chills. This is a nice surprise.” 8.5/10
– Games, Brrraaains & A Head-Banging Life
“It’s hard to tell what the band is ‘best’ at since they do well at just about every style they tackle.”
– Indy Metal Vault
“The compositional acumen that made The Others work is present here as well. The band stumbled on a really potent new/old style and is making the most of it.”
– Angry Metal Guy
“Lovers of slow, up to mid-tempo strong Doom attention; this is a nice album!”
“Northern Crown has a strong drive that keeps the listener intrigued.”
– Overdrive Music Magazine
“Modern epic doom metal with magnificent 70s bonds.”
– Zephyrs Odem