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Review: Crown the Lost - Cold Pestilent Hope
Crown the Lost
Cold Pestilent Hope

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2011
Duration: 49:59
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 9, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Cold Pestilent Hope

Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (6 Votes)

I rather liked this band's last album, as it was a different-sounding mix of aggressive Thrash with melodic vocals. The band immediately had their own identity and their own sound. This is their third disc, and while it does not deviate wildly from their older material, it does show some progression.

On first spin I find this much more technical than the last album, and Crown the Lost have forfeited some of their aggression for complexity. Overall I don't find this as visceral or as heavy as Blind Faith Loyalty. That said, the songs on here do have more identity, and stand out from one another more than the songs on that album did. Vocalist Chris Renaldi is still a very unique singer, spinning his haunting, mournful vocal lines over the chugging Thrash riffage. Here and there the band flirts with harsh vocals, and they do not work well at all. I hope this is not something they intend to incorporate more on future albums, as it really breaks the mood. I love that this band plays identifiable Thrash riffs, with no hint of groove or any other modern bullshit.

If I had to compare this band to anyone, it would be Heathen, as this disc does bring to mind albums like Victims of Decepetion - proggy, dense, ambitious, and just a little bit too intellectual for its own good. Crown the Lost are a different sort of band, and their brand of technical thrashing is not for everyone, but they are not a band to lightly dismiss.

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