CROWN OF GLORY – AD INFINITUM (Fastball Music)

Review by Stefan

It’s been a while since I’ve made a review about a Swiss band. For additional information, I would like to say that this country has already proven its services in the field of Heavy Metal several times. Regardless of whether it is about old bands or newcomers, as a frantic metalhead you’d better be on your guard. With great dignity I would like to introduce to you six musicians from Büron, Lucerne-Switzerland, Crown Of Glory was founded in 1998. “Ad Infinitum” is their third full length album, actually the follow up to “King For A Day”, released back in 2014.

What you can expect from their latest album is well groomed Hard Rock, Melodic Metal and slices or AOR. There are 12 songs in the queue that were skillfully recorded with the help of some very interesting names such as Thomas Plec Johansson (Soilwork, Nocturnal Rites, Night Flight Orchestra,…). He took care of the mixing and mastering tasks. “Ad Infinitum” has been co-produced by Rolf Munkes (Crematory). Respected names from the Rock and Metal circuit are expected to have a fine finish in sound as well. Be sure that the production is at a very high level, a caress for your ears really.

I think it’s genius that a band never loses the courage to keep going, even though its fame is minimal. For this new album I only knew Crown Of Glory by name but with some research I found out that they already released their first demo in 2001. That’s a long time ago but it’s a conclusive proof that they never gave up, perseverance is something you have to have as a band, that’s why I admire this swiss sextet.

Hene Muther has a reasonable voice, sometimes reminiscent of Nils K. Rue (Pagan’s Mind). On the song Somtehing he’s doing a duet with Seraina Telli (ex-Burning Witches, Hotgrinder, Surrillium) and have to admit I think it’s all a bit too commercial for myself. The two have a good match but the overall approach is more in line with the Pop Rock genre than on Hard Rock or Metal music. When I hear the rest of the album I come to the conclusion that this song has the least grip on me. As far as all the other songs are concerned, I’m in a much better mood, although the commercial orientation of the album is quite high. But Hene’s solo vocal lines are good and fit perfectly with the melodic guitar lines as well as the efforts of the other band members don’t go unnoticed. Crown Of Glory can certainly be considered one of the better bands from Switzerland, taking the genre into account.

The melodic aspect is central but also the profundity of each song strikes me in a positive sense. The musical variety is present and so I’d like recommend “Ad Infinitum” to anyone who has a musical connection with bands like Pretty Maids, Edguy, Freedom Call, Unisonic and the like. Up-tempo rockers are alternated with quiet songs, also good Hard Rock compositions are covered.

Crown Of Glory is a band that exposes their soul in music, a nice fact that you as a listener can only appreciate. FYI: “Ad Infintum” will be released as CD, digital download, streaming and double 12″ white vinyl edition. COG online: https://www.crown-of-glory.ch/ / https://www.facebook.com/crownofglory.ch/

My rating: 85/100 (Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it)

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