CROWNED BY FIRE - Space Music For Cave People
July 29, 2014, 12 months ago
(Chrome Mountain Records)
Los Angeles-based Crowned By Fire wear a shit-ton of influences on its sleeve, but you’ll be willing to put your blinders on because this six-track EP packs a powerful punch. With its cross-platform of influences recalling everyone from Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Corrosion of Conformity, Down, Prong and most notably Pantera, all the bases are covered here. From the chugging, groove-based swagger of “Buried Away,” featuring Prong's Tommy Victor, to the sludgy, backwoods riffage and insanely catchy chorus of “Light Ov The Voodoo Star,” to the melodic, modern sludge vibe of “Something In Her Blood,” Crowned By Fire serve up a familiar brand of hard rock/metal. The guitar work is pretty killer, even if it’s total Zak Wylde worship. Speaking of Mr. Wylde, the album was recorded at his Black Vatican Studios and was mixed by legendary producer/engineer Sterling Winfield. Every track boasts a catchy and memorable chorus that makes it fun to sing along to. Unfortunately, the band totally butchers the classic, yet over-played Blue Oyster Cult hit, “Burnin’ For You.” Even with the many “very familiar” moments on Space Music For Cave People, it’s a heck of a way to spend 32 minutes.