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Phlegethon [Import]

KingcrowAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (May 17, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Scarlet Italy
  • ASIN: B003F0GLFU
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Formed back in 1996, Kingcrow is one of the leading Italian progressive metal bands, taking its name from Edgar Allan Poe's poem 'Raven' and inspired by a wide range of musical influences, spanning from classic acts such as Pink Floyd and Rush to modern day prog giants such as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Orphaned Land and Dream Theater. 'Phlegethon' is the confirmed title for the band's new effort, following the critically acclaimed concept-album 'Timetropia', which secured them enthusiastic reviews in the international press and several high profile gigs at big rock/metal events including Gods Of Metal (alongside Iron Maiden and Judas Priest among others) and Evolution festival (alongside Sebastian Bach, Virgin Steele and Fates Warning among others). 'Phlegethon' is a brand-new concept representing the very best of the band's musical approach and features a first class performance by Diego Marchesi, singer with outstanding vocal skills and an emotional approach which consolidated Kingcrow as one of the most exciting bands that Italy has to offer. The album is expected to be released in may 2010 on Scarlet Records.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The River of Boiling Blood will Cook Your Soul... October 22, 2010
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One of my favorite metal CDs of 2010, Kingcrow's "Phlegethon" is a master stroke of progressive stylings. It opens with a short, brooding intro, then blasts into a scorching instrumental featuring John Petrucci-like staccato riffing. The main melody of "Timeshift Box" reminds me of a frenetic, crunchy variation of the Peter Gunn theme, before transitioning into an atmospheric section with swirling keys and hypnotic percussion. From here the listener is treated to a diverse, energetic array of songs that range from soulful ballads to complex metal saturated with Middle Eastern and Spanish influences. The first half of the CD is rather short before the second half kicks in with more epic arrangements. "Evasion" has pulsating synths and a bass-driven rhythm, whereas "Numb" charges through different styles with reckless abandon. I can hear some Pain of Salvation type melodies, despairing choruses, soaring vocals, and aggressive mood changes, punctuated by the singer's soulful voice. "Phlegethon" isn't a collection of songs, it's a patchwork of emotions that builds in intensity the more you listen to it. With "Supernova" by Mindwarp Chamber and "Iridium" by Empty Tremor, it's in my top three progressive metal CDs of 2010. A creative magnum opus that features brilliant instrumental sections and crystal-clear production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kingcrow's magnum opus May 27, 2011
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When I first bought Kingcrow's 2003 album, Insider, I was underwhelmed. It was not any different from the other Italian prog metal bands walking in the footsteps of Dream Theater, so I never really bothered to check out their next album, Timetropia, three years later.

Then, in 2010, I came across Phlegethon and decided to give it a try. What a fantastic album this is. The band has improved immensely in terms of songwriting and production. Also, they have a new singer now: Diego Marchesi. Marchesi is absolutely mindblowing. Despite a very subtle accent, he does not sound like other Italian singers. His timbre and phrasing are unique, and he employs so many different singing styles without trying to duplicate Tate, Labrie, Dickinson, or any other prog vocalist. From his smooth, lullaby-like singing on the aptly titled "Lullaby for an Innocent" to his low, confident delivery on the blues-tinged "Numb (Incipit, Climax & Coda)" to his husky vocalization on "The Great Silence," Marchesi is the future of Kingcrow. He even sings exactly like Steven Wilson on "Evasion" amidst tons of reverb and a static yet hypnotizing drum beat.

With a good dose of traditional prog metal aesthetic thrown into the mix, the songs are also imbued with stunning keyboard and piano work thanks to the other new member, Cristian Della Polla. Della Polla is very important to these songs. He is the master of atmosphere, as he achieves an impossible balance between melodic patches and more daring, somewhat OSI-like experiments. The slightly electronic pulse carries the bass and drums on "Timeshift Box" with a soaring melodic hook.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as prog gets May 30, 2012
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You won't find a prog rock project better than this. From beginning to end, these guys should be very proud of the result. Also mixed to perfection. Refreshing, polished, professional musicianship. Buy this and support good work. I have tickets in hand to see these guys in Atlanta this year. Can't wait.
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