Watch out metalcore world! There’s a band putting you all on notice, but not in a literal sense. You’re probably thinking that’s a pretty bold statement to make. Would you think any differently if you knew the band was discovered by Chris “Fronz” Fronzak of Attila and Mike Milford of Modern Empire Music? You would probably say, yeah that statement fits perfectly. I know the suspense is killing you, so who is this band we are speaking so highly of? It’s Portland metalcore band, Dead Crown, who are set to annihilate your ears with their new single, Pale Horse, dropping this Friday March 19, 2021.
The Portland, Oregon based band consisting of Kendall Johns (vocals), Eric Gemme (guitar), and the animated Bryton Wilson (drums), formed in the early 2010’s, coming together from different local and regional bands in the area. They were eventually discovered by Fronz and Milford in 2015, signing to Stay Sick Records, and as they say, the rest is history. Drawing on inspirations from the likes of Emmure, Chelsea Grin, Volumes, and you could even say Wage War minus the clean vocals, the band have put out several EP’S, most recently with the growingly popular Crucify Me EP in December 2019. The band firmly believes in delivering some of the heaviest music in the scene, and if the upcoming release of their Pale Horse single is any indication, they will definitely achieve this.
Pale Horse starts off with sampled sounds, which gave you the eerie feeling that you were walking down a dark alley with one flickering overhead streetlight. Gemme then came in with 4 strokes of his guitar to create what appears to be an alarm sound warning the masses, followed by the synchronicity of Wilson with thunderous bass and crashing cymbals, and Johns coming into to preach to your eardrums. While only a single, Pale Horse is sure to stick in your brain, and garner a lot of repeat listens. It will also most certainly cause massive chaos in a pit sometime in the near future.
With the current state of the pandemic, which has crippled the music industry like a multiple car pileup on a two-lane highway, jumping into the pit with Dead Crown, or any band for that matter, is going to be a little while longer. While it sucks that we have to wait, Dead Crown and others will be on the road again, which will give us that much more to look forward. In the interim, go check out the band’s social media pages, and make sure you go listen to Pale Horse on music streaming sites starting Friday.
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Article by Mickey Renger