April 3, 2021

FFO Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke,Cult of Luna, Brian Eno, Godflesh

French industrial metal band Crown have revealed the 3nd single from their upcoming album ‘The End of All Things‘ which is set for release on 16th April (Pelagic Records).

Crown started out in 2011 as 2 men and a drum machine, and their debut album got them invited 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.

‘The End of All Things promises to change the way we hear heavy music’ – Pop Matters

“A nihilistic listening experience” – The Quietus

Dark and moody; bleak and sublime; airy and crushing; mesmerizing and engrossing; bold yet unerring; strident, danceable and suffocating, all at the same time. This is the new single ‘Violence’ from Crown.

New album ‘The End of all Things‘ is oozing with tasteful, fragile hooklines flirting with the abyss they are hovering above, encapsulated within an ingenious major production, masterminded by one of the duo: David Husser has worked as a sound engineer, producer and musician across the globe with artists like Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode or at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, and has toured with his industrial band Y Front alongside Rammstein in the 90s.

the forthcoming album

Paul Kendall (Mute Records, NIN, Nick Cave) said about David: “a distorting diamond… we have collaborated on a number of projects and I have been amazed by his ability to teach an old dog new tricks. He is simply the best recording engineer I have ever met”.

The other half of Crown is founding father and vocalist Stéphane Azam, who has worked as live sound engineer for French blackgaze pioneers Alcest for years. Stéphane’s low, soothing voice on The End Of All Things comes as a complete surprise to anyone familiar with the band’s previous two records, which featured mostly screamed vocals – demonstrating the immense versatility of the musicians at work here.
Unlike previous efforts, there are (almost) no vocal guest appearances on The End Of All Things – ‘almost’, because Karin Parks of Årabrot lends her beautiful voice to closing track Utopia. David pushed Stéphane from the start of the writing and recording process to do all the vocals himself, for the sake of coherence: he wanted the band and the album to have one single “captain of the ship”.

photo courtesy of Jen Brachet

Husser explains: “Stéph sings with a very low voice now, and it was a challenge to make space for that sound- and production wise, we had to find some kind of relief in the low register. It took us pretty long to find what we consider the right recipe to make it work”

Pre-order ‘The End of All Things’: https://smarturl.it/crownDGTL