BLACK METAL | AUSTRALIA
RELEASED IN 2012 BY SEANCE RECORDS
If I was going to commission a band to make the soundtrack to an apocalypse that I would create then ‘Vacuous Spectral Silence’ would be the sounds of the doom that I would bring down upon all mankind. As the intricate acoustic intro of ‘Menelvagor’ sings out into the night time air this short moment of peace is merely a calm before the torrential storm of destruction that I would rain down… OK enough about me wanting to kill all humans. As CROWNED kick things into gear with a slow progressive ambient sound that merely shrouds the hazardous trail of disaster that their music can bring to this world, I feel instantly hooked into this dark oppressive chasm of musical talent that these Australians possess. From grinding pulsating riffs and bass heavy dirges to haunting chants and blast beat bombast, Crowned make this album levitate from start to finish.
Whether they be indulging in some back to the early 90’s fan worship with their full frontal assault of a blisteringly cold Black Metal barrage or miring you in an uncomfortable cloud of guitar made fog and negative aura, Crowned are always doing something and doing it right. With a sound that never rests in one place for too long, Crowned refuse to stagnate and in doing so bring the essence of classic and savage Black Metal into the modern era but with their own twists and turns along the way making their sound distinctively their own. As I said, if i was to end this world this is the album that would see us out… [8.5/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]