Secrets of the Moon have become one of my favorite bands. I love the fact that they have indeed progressed over the years and their last album “Sun” was more melodic than ever and a bit of a departure. I’ll admit I didn’t know about Crone, the side project of Phil “sG” Jonas and after hearing the new Crone album “Godspeed,” I think that “Sun” makes more sense. I have some additional context I suppose.
There are literally 2 parts of “Godspeed” that I don’t care for. One is an over used sample of a hysterical woman on the track “The Perfect Army.” The other is the spoken word in the middle of the epic title track. Without those, this is a perfect album. It’s really that simple. These are great songs, expertly played and arranged.
Some people might not care for sG’s vocals but for me they fit the post-metal/post-punk style. Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke isn’t a perfect singer either but his voice FITS the music. The same is true right here. And there’s a theme to “Godspeed.” Each song is about a real life person who met with an untimely demise. So the title is quite appropriate.
“‘The Ptilonist’ is about inventor and parachuting pioneer Franz Reichelt who jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. ‘H’ pays homage to stage actress Peg Entwistle who, in 1932, jumped to her death from the giant letter ‘H’ on California’s famous Hollywood sign.”
So this is not exactly a happy album lyrically or even musically. It’s very melodic and quite dark. The guitar solos are absolutely epic through out the album. Check out the end of one of my favorite tracks “Mother Crone” for an example. That should be a single as should “Demmin.” Both are incredible tracks!
It would be easy to compare Crone to Secrets of the Moon. While that’s true to a degree, fans of bands like Katatonia, Opeth, The Chant and Crippled Black Phoenix will find much to love on “Godspeed” as well. The album has been a pleasant surprise for me and will without a doubt be one of 2018’s finest records!
1. Lucifer Valentine
2. The Ptilonist
3. Mother Crone
4. The Perfect Army
5. Leviathan’s Lifework
6. H (She’s Not Dead, She is a Ghost)
Label: Prophecy Productions
Release Date: 13 April 2018