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CROWN THE LOST
BLIND FAITH LOYALTY
CRUZ DEL SUR

Merging power metal prestige, classic metal history, and technical thrash prowess, Pittsburgh, PA quintet Crown the Lost blast through 10 tracks of intricate guitar infused heaviness, sounding like the bastard child of Nevermore, Trivium, and Iced Earth ("Finality"). Despite their excessive sonic output, the forced juxtaposition of vibes and incessant solo breaks sound clumsy at times, almost as if the group is trying too hard to make unlike things work in symbiosis. Armed with a wailing metal screamer whose Dark Angel meets Dickinson caterwaul leaves an indelible mark while a sturdy rhythm section valiantly holds the tumultuous and twisting twin guitar assault down ("Hollow Refuge"), Crown the Lost's do an admirable job of sounding complex yet lose momentum by leaving listeners more overwhelmed than engaged.
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