Released: 2013, PRC MUSIC
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com 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