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Crimson Glory - Transcendence
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1988 Ratings: #96
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1988 / Release Date
LP / Format
Roadrunner / Label
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I'm going to say this immediately up front..,
This is quite possibly the most underrated metal album of the 80s.
Crimson Glory absolutely deliver a masterpiece of US power/prog metal that easily stands up with anything by Fates Warning and comes damn close to Queensryche and Iron Maiden territory.
Led by the amazing vocals of Midnight (RIP), Transcendence is full of catchy riffs, tasty lead guitar, and excellent songwriting
There is one complaint though .. The drum sound is a bit annoying, ... read more


Relisten and yeah seriously, this man (the unequalled Midnight) has a voice so goddamn monumental and earth-rending that even the love ballad "Lonely" ends up being made excellent. On top of having a great lead riff and catchy hook tbf. This album is loaded with awesome riffs in fact with special mention going to that NASTY one on Lady of Winter.

An underrated metal gem that's about on par with some of the better stuff in Maiden and Priests' respective discographies. An awesome ... read more


Crimson Glory’s sophomore album avoided the dreaded slump and is perhaps their greatest offering ever. It refines their metal sound into something that should’ve made them champions of the American heavy metal scene.

The album is definitely front loaded, with the second half being ballad heavy and ending with an acoustic style meditation. But the hybrid style of heavy metal, power metal and glam, the album rips through with instantly memorable riffs and a huge sense of drama and ... read more

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Track List

  1. Lady of Winter
  2. Red Sharks
  3. Painted Skies
  4. Masque of the Red Death
  5. In Dark Places
  6. Where Dragons Rule
  7. Lonely
  8. Burning Bridges
  9. Eternal World
  10. Transcendence

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Added on: July 27, 2018