The One

by C R O W N

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Cosmogasm 05:04
The One 06:46
100 Ashes 04:04
Mare 07:36
Orthodox 09:26


CROWN, two men, two guitars, a voice and machine, born in the summer of 2011. An extraordinary duo, trio or man-machine, whose compositions clean, direct and catchy, used as raw material to further the noise limits.CROWN explores the depths of the slow tempos, guitars overly serious, heavy and oppressive. A universe in perpetual tension, abruptly cut off by gentle and melancholic melodies, an unusual moment of respite, by prolonged immersion in their obscure experiments.


released February 6, 2012

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Stephane Azam at Gartbaum Studio during December 2011

Visual // Artwork by C R O W N

C R O W N :

P. G - Guitar // Machinery
S. A - Guitar // Vox


// :
Crown is one of those bands that makes you buy a shirt and come to more shows. They’re one of those bands that touch you deep enough inside that you don’t say a word the whole time.

// (FR) :
I love that feeling of shipping slowly, irremediably towards the apocalypse; for such a young band they succeed brillantly to create pretty memorable, disturbing but catchy, atmospheres. With such maturity we can expect a bright future for theses guys and already await impatiently some more stuff...

// (UK) :
This is without a doubt my fave release of 2012 so far. I know its early and I have raved on about Behold The Monolith, Bezoar and Rituals (which all will definitely make my Top Albums of 2012) but Crown’s The One is my fave album of the year so far.
Simply an amazing release that totally blew me away. Simply Awesome and Highly Recommended.

// :
This is an impressive debut and should be ingested by anyone wanting a fresh change in their otherwise ordinary doom diet. These guys have definitely wet my appetite and left me eagerly awaiting a full-length feast.

// (US):
- These two make some brutal sounds that also shows a love with industrial music, complete with incorporating white noise to add a bit of extra depth to their construction. When they dig deep into a hellish sound, you feel at one with what they’re doing and want to band your head until it falls off -

// (US) :
- The One was a good way to begin for these guys as it’s not too short but definitely leaves me wanting to hear where they go from here. Pay attention to these dudes as they’ve got something special going on -

// (US) :
- These two drudes have put together a concise yet versatile thesis on the aesthetic of machine-augmented sludge that was originated by bands like Godflesh and Earth. Look out for these high priests of cyborg sludge in the future, and be sure to visit their bandcamp for this release -

// (US) :
- I’m all about the atmosphere and emotional response created by music and this is one of those rare albums that truly moves me, making my soul tremble a bit.
With stellar releases so far this year by Earth, Pallbearer, Christian Mistress and Syven, amongst others, the fact that “the One” has remained on my play list constantly since I got it shows what an excellent record it is and it is sure to be around as I make my best of 2012 list -


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C R O W N Colmar, France

Crown started out in 2011 as 2 men and a drum machine, and their debut album instantly got them an invitation to the prestigious Roadburn festival in 2013, and a record deal with Candlelight. The duo's early sound was defined by hissing electronics, soaring heavy guitars and the absence of “real” drums, touching on industrial metal acts like Godflesh, Ministry or Killing Joke. ... more

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