Something a bit more mellow for this Friday evening and if you watch the video something so, so 80’s.
With bands like Fates Warning and Queensryche, Florida based Crimson Glory were pioneers of the fledgling American progressive metal scene. Besides Queensryche I’m not a big fan of the genre, but I brought Crimson Glory’s second album Transcendence on a recommendation. Or maybe I was attracted to the cover art? For the majority of the albums duration it is a straight up heavy metal album with very few of the complex progressive traits associated with the genre.
The album remains a firm favourite of mine and I revisit it every once in a while. Opening track Masque of the Red Death and Lady of Winter are superb songs. Lonely is the obligatory power ballad track that had to be cashed in on for the MTV generation.
The reasoning behind this scribbling today is the fact that July 8th marks the passing of vocalist Midnight (John Patrick Jr McDonald) who died at the age of 47 in 2009 due to a stomach aneurism. His vocals are as distinctive in the metal world as Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford or Ronnie Janes Dio. After he left the band in 1991 neither he nor the band ever reached the pinnacle of their potential. Midnight rejoined for a reunion a few years later, but that was curtailed by his supposed mental and physical condition.
After his death the band performed at 2009’s ProgPower with a whole host of guest vocalists. A late addition to this line up was Todd La Torre, who would later become their new vocalist, before he jumped ship and breathed new life into a faltering Queensryche.
I never got to see Midnight or Crimson Glory perform. As the band are in some kind of active state the latter could be possible, but considering they’ve only played Britain once since 1989 I won’t hold my breath for that either.
As I said in the opening paragraph, this video is something very eighties. Big hair, under lit podiums, leather and spandex, excessive smoke machine usage and a scantily clad female. Most of the mid 80’s boxes are definitely ticked with this one.