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2.15 | 31 ratings | 6 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1991

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Strange and beautiful (6:16)
2. Promise land (5:22)
3. Love and dreams (5:29)
4. The chant (3:45)
5. Dance on fire (5:27)
6. Song for angels (5:19)
7. In the mood (5:55)
8. Starchamber (7:28)
9. Deep inside your heart (5:13)
10. Make you love me (4:05)
11. Far away (4:44)

Total Time: 59:03


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Line-up / Musicians

- Midnight lead / vocals, backing vocals
- Jon Drenning / guitars, backing vocals
- Jeff Lords / bass, backing vocals
- Ravi Jakhotia / drums, percussion

Releases information

Atlantic #7 82239-2

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CRIMSON GLORY Strange and Beautiful ratings distribution

(31 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(13%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (45%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

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Review by 1800iareyay
2 stars In the late 80s, Crimson Glory established themselves as pioneers of progressive metal. Their last album, Transcendence, was a defining album of the new genre. Expectations were high as the band headed into the 90s, but CG hit some roadblocks. Guitarist Ben Jackson left and the band soldiered on without hiring a replacement. This robbed Crimson Glory of the twin guitar attack that was a key part of their sound. Also, Ravi Jakhotia replaced the departed Dana Burnell behind the kit. Ravi brought a tribal style to the band. Normally, branching out and changing sound intrigues me. However, there is no room for tribal rhythms in a band that spews neo-classical power progressive metal.

Essentially, this album is all about Midnight. Since the screaming leads are gone and the rhythm section has been twisted, only Midnight still shines. However, he has reeled in his King Diamond high voice, which has its pros and cons. The piercing falsetto can be annoying occasionally, yet it defined him and was one of the signatures of the band. He manages well in the lower register, and he delivers some of his best performances. Promise Land, In the Mood, and Starchamber are the highlights, and they are some of the band's best songs. However, the rest of the songs range from good to unlistenable, making this a patchy effort.

This is where CG went downhill. They only managed one more studio album (without Midnight) before folding, though they are back now (still without Midnight) and working on a new release. Only fans should try this out, because there are a few very good tunes, but the rest encourages you to save your money.

Grade: D

Review by UMUR
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2 stars To hit rock bottom would be too nice a term for this album. Allthough the sound quality and musicianship is excellent, Crimson Glory have taken a big step in the hard rock direction with this one. They have left their metal roots behind for hard rock bluesy riffing. On top of that there are still a progressive/ Symphonic feel to some of the passages in the songs, but they are almost gone. I hear wague leanings toward Seattle too.

This is a strange album, as I feel Crimson Glory played on two horses. The Bluesy Hard Rock and their more traditional heavy metal past, but with a strong overweight of hard rock. It sometimes remind me of Extreme on Three Sides to a Story, with Axl Rose on vocals ( Yes Midnight sounds a lot like the GunsīnīRoses frontman on many of the songs, his high screams almost gone).

This was a big dissapointment to the fans of Crimson Glory and it subsequently led to the demise of the band. Really a shame as they had found a great style with their previous album Transendence. If they had developed that further there is no telling what Crimson Glory could have achived. They were after all great musicians.

Review by ProgBagel
2 stars Crimson Glory - 'Strange and Beautiful' 2.5 stars

Neither strange nor beautiful, just bad.

With the departure of a guitarist, an essential of the band, and not to be replaced to further the damage and change in drummer started things off negatively right off the bat. The vocalist does not do a good job either, he loses most of his energy (high soprano) in substitution for a more laid back sound which oddly enough sounds like Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose.

The music suffers incredibly due to these negative features. Most of the songs just sound like ballad after ballad. Just mostly simple riffs and acoustic patterns just producing a bad album all in all.

Not really recommended to anyone, the line-up changes really did this band in.

Latest members reviews

2 stars This is not a great album, but it is not as bad as some would have you believe. "Starchamber" would have been at home on Transcendence. It is unfortunate that the band did not explore this sound more on Strange and Beautiful. It really is the only prog metal song on the album, and while the ... (read more)

Report this review (#226136) | Posted by sixpence-guy | Sunday, July 12, 2009 | Review Permanlink

1 stars I believe that album so should not be published. Typical album for 1991 is however been born already old. "Song For Angel" and "Deep Inside Your Heart" are excellent songs is alone because are two ballad (and to blunder the ballad...). The band puts us all the good will, but does not succeed t ... (read more)

Report this review (#53363) | Posted by | Tuesday, October 25, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Crimson Glory was a fantastic heavy prog/power metal band in the late 80s, but real commercial success has never reached them. The first two albums - especially the second one, "Transcendence" - contain brilliant power metal songs a la Fates Warning, Iron Maiden, Metal Church and the then-leadin ... (read more)

Report this review (#51064) | Posted by riversdancing | Monday, October 10, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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