DEMISE OF THE CROWN – Life In The City
While there are many reasons to love "Life In The City" (the title possible sarcastic reference to the popular U.S. sitcom "Sex And The City"?) the three major ones are Darren Beadman (vocals), Vince Doiron (guitars) and Manuel Iradian (lead guitars). Darren is apparently possessed by Warrel G. "Dane" Baker (Nevermore), Kevin James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford (Judas Priest) and Paul Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) which makes for a fantastic range, or, better yet, my gosh does the guy have pipes! As for Vince/Manuel guitar duo, the comparisons in the promo release to Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen and Yngwie Johan Malmsteen do not completely do them justice because these guys are so much more, be it in technical, melodic or cooperative aspects. The guitars together with the vocals, bass (Simon Doiron) and the drums (Kevin Alexander La Palerma) allow for this synthesis: take a thick layer of Dream Theater, spread some Nevermore then Avenged Sevenfold and finally pour liberal dressing of Judas Priest on top, seasoning it with Megadeth and Helloween to taste, but perhaps the greatest comparison could be made to their countrymen, Biomechanical.
While Demise Of The Crown’s promoter, Jon Asher and Asher Media Relations (who has been for the band since their much less interesting metalcore beginnings) uses a great track to represent "Life In The City" – "My Mind Is Free", with its excellent chorus and vocal and guitar prowess on full display – it is hardly the album’s greatest highlight, for that could go to either the Megadeth-ian "Wild Life" – featuring addictive chorus, doomy verses and a solo worthy of Darrell Lance "Dimebag" Abbott (ex-Pantera) from the "Cowboys From Hell" days, or to the hard rocking Avenged Sevenfold-ish "The Rise And The Fall" – with a Saul "Slash" Hudson-like solo and, again, fantastic chorus, or it could go to the Testament-ian/Killswitch Engage-sque "Fixated", and these are just the 3 of my favorites, for time and space will not allow me to describe "Glorious Life" (Dickinson pipes!), "Lightning Strikes" (Dane melodeclamations akin to "And The Maiden Spoke"), or the closing Queensrÿche-ian title track, in more detail. But I will close the accolades with the credit for the excellent cover which reminds me of Obituary’s "World Demise".
I recommend "Life In The City" to fans of hard rock and all kinds of metal. Demise Of The Crown has made a quantum leap already with their 2nd album and I hope the accolades won’t go to their heads like some of their contemporaries I won’t mention here (cough.Trivium.cough) because I want to hear even greater things from them in the future.