Northern Crown are a band from Florida that plays a very epic form of doom metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "In The Hands Of The Betrayer" which will be released in October.
A very dark and heavy 80's doom metal sound starts off the album along with some clean singing vocals and the band also brings in a good mixture of slow and mid paced parts along with some psychedelic sounding synths being used at times and after awhile clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording.
The solos and leads the band uses are more in the 80's epic doom metal tradition and some of the tracks are very long and epic in length along with a cover of Candlemass "Crystal Ball" which they make sound more different than the original version and all of the musical instruments on the album have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief instrumental along with a small amount of spoken word parts before the last song which sees the vocals making a return.
Northern Crown goes back to the 80's style of epic doom metal and brings in elements of 70's psychedelic music to create a sound of their own, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover dark, depressive and mythology themes.
In my opinion Northern Crown are a very great sounding epic doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "In The Hands Of the Betrayer" and "To Thee I Give An Orchard". 8 out of 10.