BAND Stygian Crown
ALBUM STYGIAN CROWN
LABEL CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
OUT June 26th, 2020
OUR RATING 81/100
Stygian Crown was formed in 2018 by former Morgion and current Gravehill drummer Rhett Davis, who tapped his Gravehill bandmates Nelson Miranda (guitar) and Jason Thomas (bass) to help launch the band. Morbid Eclipse guitarist Andy Hicks was the next to join, and with the help of longtime friend Bob Kassing, classically-trained vocalist Melissa Pinion was discovered after Kassing (who has since sadly passed away) introduced her to Davis.
Shortly thereafter, Davis’s wife discovered a YouTube video of her singing a cover of Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” making her the perfect fit for Stygian Crown.
The band released their first demo, Through Divine Rite, in 2018, then starting work on what would on their self-titled album.
The album’s drums were tracked at Trench Studios (Exhumed, Hirax) with John Haddad. Guitars, bass and vocals were recorded at Miranda’s home studio, and mixing and mastering were handled by Mark Kelson of The Eternal’s Kelsonic Studios in Australia.
An interesting album with heavy songs enriched by crunching riffs and dark atmospheres.
The production exalts the guitar’s sound and Melissa Pinion shows a dark, lower-pitched voice too that provides the right dose of heaviness.
This is a very rich and mystical album, which needs many listening and to see as a whole; a great example of epic and traditional doom metal.
Melissa Pinion VC
Nelson Tomas Miranda GT
Jason Thomas BG
Andy Hicks GT
Rhett A. Davis DR