Crestfallen Queen – “Queen of Swords” // Church Within Records (Prog Doom Rock)
Crestfallen Queen hail from Stuttgart, Germany, but could have very well been born anywhere in the dark hazy fog of the seventies.
The quintet was formed in 2016 playing their brand of progressive blackened rock. The doom laden riffs are backed by galloping metallic rhythms and hounded by eerie synths which are then topped off by a majestic voice that lurks somewhere between this world and the next. Following the release of their completely analogue recorded, produced and quickly sold-out demo cassette „No More Let Life Divide What Death Can Join Together“ (released February 2018) the debut album „Queen of Swords“ presents the detail-loving and unconventional soul of Crestfallen Queen in full length.
„Queen of Swords“ is full of passion and devotion, which is impressively underlined by the hand-drawn cover artwork of the Peruvian artist Jose Gabriel Alegría Sabogal. Inspired by ancient philosophy and mythology, the epic work tells the long forgotten stories of fallen heroines and their struggle with loss, fears, drugs, human abysses, self-empowerment, love, life and death. With „Queen of Swords“ History mutates into „Herstory“ and reveals frightening parallels to the realities of life of our time.
Crestfallen Queen are not to be taken light heartedly. The unconventional length of the songs speak for themselves where the music is challenging and stirring, a lot like life itself. Anyone who has seen the band live can feel the frankness of this statement. The bittersweet membrane between pain and ecstasy. Goosebumps running down your back at the sound of the hellish screams alternating with a siren-like tenderness. Fury. Beauty. Death. Life. The rediscovery of everyday repressed emotions. Good. Evil. Alpha and Omega. Everything is one. One is everything. Solve et Coagula. Defeat and triumph. Rise and fall. The dialectical relationship of man being thrown into the best of all worlds. We fall and we get up again. This is Crestfallen Queen – the Queen of Swords. A catalyst. A poetess. The one who unmasks. Inviting us to the knowledge of our limited time on this earth and to meet one and others with sincerity.
K : Guitar
A : Drums
E : Voice and Keys
Genre: Prog Doom Rock