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Hyborian Age
July 2013
Released: 2013, PRC MUSIC
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

Hark! A new metal band from Italy! Reason enough, personally, for my interest to be piqued.

Following in the all-too-rarely trodden path of Italian bands that make it across European borders and into my consciousness, I was very happy to discover that Kröwnn are not only from Venice but also that the band consists two thirds of women! Great news, as I highly endorse the fairer sex playing in the doom/sludge/stoner genre where it seems a quite natural fit, and I believe it does not occur nearly enough. Anyways. The review...

Rough, ready, groovy, dark, melodious, disharmonious…. What more could you want from a doom/sludge album? Formed not even a year ago at the time of writing, Kröwnn have crafted an absolutely superb debut album- purportedly recorded in 6 hours and all the better for it. Clear stylistic influence taken from all those old school bands; Sabbath, Sleep, Candlemass etc; with big riffs, jamming drums and a glorious rumbling bass sound to underpin the whole thing.

Lyrically we’re leaning wildly towards the epic fantasy arena; the album starting with a Conan the Barbarian sample and referencing Tolkien, George R.R Martin and others along the way.

Usually such a rigid theme would turn me slightly off an album, but Kröwnn have overcome this with sheer Italian class.

Too seldom does such a band appear on the radar; in a genre beginning (I fear) to become slightly immured by a seemingly endless supply of new talent, it takes a band with a bit more charisma to shine out from the murky ranks of the doom and sludge scene. So well done to Kröwnn for doing that, and I look forward to seeing them get signed and climbing the ladder to bigger and better things.

Review by Kevin Griffiths
Track Listing

1. For the Throne of Fire
2. The Woodwose
3. At the Cromlech
4. Gods of Magnitogorsk
5. Stormborn (Instrumental)
6. The Melnibonean


Michele el Lello Carnielli - Vocals, Guitars
Silvia Selvaggia Rossato - Bass Guitar
Elena Fiorenzano - Drums

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