Crowned In Earth is the project of English doom metal specialist Kevin Lawry (Silent Winter), and Visions of the Haunted is his first full length release on Shadow Kingdom Records. On this disc, Lawry puts hand to creating the more traditional and epic doom metal representing historical Black Sabbath and classic Cathedral, by example. It's heavy, plodding stuff most times, and definitely creeping and foreboding: perfect for a stroll through fog bound English graveyard or as a soundtrack for a 1960's Hammer Film. As a musician, by skill and composition, Lawry is the real doom deal. There is little wasted effort or expertise in his metalcraft. For a twist, Lawry adds dash of church organ on several numbers, which adds a layer clever atmosphere. Yet, not everything here is pure doom metal. The middle track Downward Spiral reminds more of classic heavy metal circa late 70's or early 80's, with a much livlier feel compared to everything else. For fans and the curious, Kevin Lawry's Crowned In Earth, and latest disc Visions of the Haunted, is a fine contemporary example of pure epic doom metal.
For fans and the curious, Kevin Lawry's Crowned In Earth, and latest disc Visions of the Haunted, is a fine contemporary example of pure epic doom metal.
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