the comeback that wasn’t quite: Crimson Glory’s first album in 8 years was
reasonably well-received, but the band subsequently went on multiple hiatuses
and essentially only existed for the occasional festival appearance. It’s strange- sure, songs like “Astronomica”
were woefully out of fashion in 1999, but if the goal was to reactivate the
band and reestablish them in the metal community, then the tune was an
excellent calling card: the addition of killer ex-Savatage sticksman Steve
Wacholz on drums made the musicianship arguably stronger than ever, and even if
new singer Wade Black didn’t quite have Midnight’s distinctive presence, his
vocals packed a mean punch, growling and howling with fury and fire. This was a more aggressive sound not only for
Crimson Glory, but for progressive metal in general, and really prophesized
what was to come for the subgenre.
“Astronomica” had the best of both worlds: it was purely metal in the
classic tradition, but added new textures and amped up the intensity. The song boded well for Crimson Glory’s
future, if only they’d committed to having one.