Blessed Black – Beyond The Crimson Throne

Rating: 4/5
Distribution/Label: Bandcamp (independent)
Released: January 17th 2020
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Band Line Up:

Joshua Murphy: Vocals and guitar
Christ Emerson: Guitars
Brad Bellamy: Bass
Ray Bates: Drums


01 – The White Wolf
02 – The Black Gate
03 – Heavy Is The Crown
04 – The Shadows
05 – Arioch’s Bargain
06 – Finding The Limits
07 – Stormbringer


Blessed Black’s debut, “Beyond The Crimson Throne”, is a testament to the fact that you don’t need to be kept locked into only one genre to play and release great music.  The band seem to hover around the stoner genre while able to show that they don’t have to be bound to anything, showing influences like grunge, post-punk and straight-up metal. While only forming in 2017, the band show their musical maturity by successfully echoing great bands like Corrosion Of Conformity and The Sword who have pushed at the forefront of the genre, and you can hear it throughout the seven-song, 35-minute epic we have here while making sure to make their own mark too.

From opener “The White Wolf” you can tell what you are in for with the rest of the album: a groove-laden, silky record that doesn’t feel the need to overwhelm you by dropping the heaviest riffs and beats while keeping you guessing what turn they will take next. It’s not hard to see why “The Black Gate” was selected as a lead single, along with “Stormbringer”, as you can feel its almost anthemic chorus that anyone can see would be a perfect opener for any live show.

Hailing out of Cincinnati, Ohio, the band have released a stormer of a record that includes re-recordings of said singles, the former being the first track to showcase singer-guitarist Joshua Murphy’s vocal delivery, which is a joy to behold. Murphy states that “This album is a representation of the journey we took together as musicians, finding our sound and learning to become a band. The result is better than we could have imagined” and yes, I can see many doom, stoner, metal and post-punk fans being very interested in this album and whatever else is to come from them.

Review By

Andrew Shirley