(High Roller Records)
I heard quite a lot from this one-man-project and remember that it mostly gets compared to BATHORY ("Hammerheart" and later), now finally I can make up my own opinion. This again great layouted double vinyl in an amazing gatefold sleeve (well-done High-Roller-Records) offers CROM's first full-length recording called "Vengeance" and includes as bonus the 4 tracks from the demo 2004. Judging the cover and the overall layout (great work done by Kris Verwimp) the BATHORY influences is essential. First up I hoped to find another DOOMSWORD here, but this is not the case at all, as CROM is for sure epic and probably as epic as DOOMSWORD are, nevertheless it's besides this huge BATHORY influence, which you mostly hear in the use of choirs, also a big Power Metal influence and here I want to mention especially FALCONER at their "Chapters From A Vale Forlorn" as the most important one. Opening track 'Wings Of Fire' has some elements of them in here. Still I would like to add one more band here: OPETH. Listen to 'Crom' and you will surely recognize the great acoustic work and the fantastic vocal lines which are a little comparable (in a positive way) to Mike Akerfeldt's style. To realise a project like CROM, a release like "Vengeance" more or less all alone (with just one additional musician on drums and a little help on guitars and choirs) is amazing. This is a great debut release and to hold such a gatefold release in your hands, reading the lyrics while listening to this plastic creates just a great moment. The readers of Voices From The Darkside are probably mostly interested in Death and Black Metal, though I'm sure there are many open-minded persons out there reading these pages who should risk an ear to the great music of Walter "Crom" Grosse (besides that he formerly was a guitarplayer in German Black Metal act DARK FORTRESS). I think this is only the beginning and I wait for the next release which will probably even more massive than this one. Well done. Again limited to 500 copies and available at www.hho-records.de. Bandpage www.croms-revenge.de.
- CROM - The Fallen Beauty - by Stefan Franke