ALBUM REVIEW: Crown The Empire – 07102010

Release Date: July 10th 2020
Label: Rise Records
Website: www.crowntheempire.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/crowntheempire
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In celebration of Crown The Empire‘s tenth year as a mammoth metalcore unit comes their newest full-length, ‘07102010’.

Neutral-toned and awash with maturity, the release is chock with acoustic renditions of their hits from over the years, alive with a new spirit and indicative of the quartet’s fondness of what they have created thus far.

The band approach a fresh vein with this effort, and where their prior records purveyed gravelled stings, ‘07102010’ dulls the knife and instead serves as a gentle act of gratitude towards Crown The Empire‘s die-hard audience. “We wanted to look back and strip down songs across all of our albums as a thank you to everyone who has been along for the journey so far,” shares the band, “Thank you for allowing us to live our dreams and make music for the past ten years, and many more to come.”

Roped in from the furthest corners of the band’s discography, the likes of ‘Hologram’ and ‘Johnny Ringo’ glow where they once blinded, rendering the eleven-track a tasteful ode to what once laid charred. The delicacy of the guitars rings true among the honeyed vocals, and this side to the once forceful outfit feels cosy – their already established bond with a commendably expansive audience is sure to feel a little snugger after this.

The band appear to have meticulously filed through their catalogue, scoping out tracks to which they could serve the most justice under the solemn contributions of acoustics, and as ‘What I Am’ glistens, it’s pretty safe to say that they have an eye for beautiful reincarnations. Thriving in both the depths of metalcore and the crisp vulnerability of acoustic tracks is a sign of true versatility, a trait that’s worthy of applause in itself.

‘MZRY’, although softened, is saturated with the same confrontational lyrical content so feverish in its developed older brother. Others follow suit here, with veterans in arms ‘Blurry (Out Of Place)’ and ‘Aftermath’ add no dramatic qualities in and of themselves, but ‘07102010’ is still rendered a solidly easy listen from front-to-back.

In spite of the argued predictability of this feat, however, bonus track ‘Everything Breaks’ broods in the release’s latter segment. It’s a slightly more fleshed-out track, foggy with saddened pianos and gruelling vocals, and its very existence serves to lace ‘07102010’ with Crown The Empire‘s developed stylisms. It’s a sob of air in a release that threatened to choke on its earlier, harsher forms.

Physically, this release brings little new to the table, but the emotional weight and bond-enhancing that ‘07102010’ bears under its wing is enough to keep listeners swooning until the beat kicks in again.