Crowns of Kings "Lifeline" CDPosted on Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 4:26am » permalink
"Lifeline" is the debut full-length from Connecticut's Crowns of Kings (on Reaper Records), and continues in a similar vein as the material from their split with Price of Pain (the material from which appears here in re-recorded form). Expect 14 tracks of short, straight to the point metallic hardcore in just 26 minutes, with a hint more diversity and a stronger recording than the band's prior work. Here and there they'll toss in a smidge of melody or subtly more metal-based riffing (check the ripping solos in "Another Bump"), but for the most part everything's driven by fast-paced power chords and tactfully chunky breakdowns with gruffly shouted vocals. The usual, sure, but if ain't broke, don't fix it. This style of hardcore doesn't need all kinds of extravagant flourishes to get the job done (quite the opposite, in fact), and these songs keep things focused and in your face with a good sense of energy, so there's not really any time to get bored. That's all there is to it, really. Good stuff.