- Genuine 1988 RoadrunneR Records Release

"Crimson Glory's "Transcendence" LP is a stellar chapter in the Heavy Metal band's repertoire, hailing from the East Coast. Released as their second full-length album, it epitomizes their mastery of the genre. With powerful vocals and intricate instrumentals, the album showcases Crimson Glory's musical transcendence. A definitive work, "Transcendence" remains a cornerstone in the legacy of this East Coast Heavy Metal outfit."


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Crimson Glory's Transcendence: A Soaring Opera of Metallic Majesty
Album Description:

Hold onto your gauntlets, metal maniacs, because Crimson Glory's "Transcendence" ain't your run-of-the-mill headbanger fodder. This 1988 opus is a goddamn sonic cathedral, a towering testament to the band's ambition and their refusal to be pigeonholed into the hair metal pigeon coop.

Emerging from Florida's swamplands like a phoenix on steroids, Crimson Glory had already made a splash with their enigmatic masked personas and their self-titled debut's progressive metal leanings. But "Transcendence" was a whole other beast, a grandiose opera of metallic majesty that dared to reach for the heavens while keeping its boots firmly planted in the muck of heavy metal tradition.

The album is a whirlwind of soaring vocals, courtesy of the enigmatic Midnight, whose voice could melt steel and shatter glass with equal aplomb. Jon Drenning's guitar work is a revelation, a whirlwind of neoclassical shredding and bluesy swagger. Ben Jackson's rhythm guitar anchors the chaos, while Jeff Lords' basslines rumble like a tectonic shift and Dana Burnell's drumming pummels your eardrums with relentless fury.

Produced by Jim Morris and recorded at the legendary Morrisound Recording, the album's sound is massive, a wall of sonic fury that assaults your senses and leaves you breathless. Songs like "Red Sharks" and "Painted Skies" are anthems of defiance and rebellion, while ballads like "Lonely" and "In Dark Places" showcase the band's emotional depth and vulnerability.

But "Transcendence" wasn't without its controversies. Some critics accused the band of being overly pretentious and self-indulgent, while others hailed them as visionaries who were pushing the boundaries of metal. The band's refusal to conform to genre expectations only fueled the fire, making them both beloved and reviled in equal measure.

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal , Prog Metal

Album Production Information:

The album: "CRIMSON GLORY - Transcedence" was produced by: Jim Morris , Tom Morris

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Jim Morris , Tom Morris

Jim Morris is a renowned sound engineer and producer, best known for his exceptional contributions to the world of hard rock and heavy metal music. Born as one of the three Morris brothers, including Laurel and Tom Morris, Jim Morris has left an indelible mark on the industry through his work at the esteemed "Morris Brothers" Sound Studios.


Born and raised in a musical household, Jim Morris developed a deep passion for music from an early age. Inspired by his father, who was an accomplished musician, Jim decided to pursue a career in the music industry, focusing on sound engineering and production. He honed his skills by experimenting with various audio equipment and studying the art of sound engineering.

In the 1980s, Jim Morris emerged as a prominent figure in the hard rock and heavy metal scene. He quickly gained recognition for his unparalleled technical prowess and ability to bring out the best in every recording. With a keen ear for detail and a knack for capturing the raw energy of live performances, Jim became the go-to sound engineer for numerous bands seeking to create powerful and memorable albums.

During this period, Jim Morris worked on a plethora of notable hard rock and heavy metal records. His collaborations included projects with esteemed bands such as Avatar, Nasty Savage, Crimson Glory, and many others. His expertise and attention to sonic detail helped shape the distinct sound of these bands, garnering critical acclaim and establishing him as a sought-after sound engineer.

One of Jim Morris's key contributions to the music industry was his work at the "Morris Brothers" Sound Studios. The studio, founded by Jim and his brothers, became a creative haven for musicians looking for a professional and innovative environment to record their music. Known for its state-of-the-art equipment and welcoming atmosphere, the studio attracted both established acts and emerging artists eager to benefit from Jim Morris's expertise.

Beyond his role as a sound engineer, Jim Morris also excelled as a producer, bringing his keen musical sensibilities to the forefront. His production work elevated the overall quality of the albums he worked on, helping bands realize their artistic visions and achieve commercial success. Jim's ability to balance technical precision with artistic creativity made him a trusted collaborator for musicians seeking to push the boundaries of their genre.

Throughout his career, Jim Morris has remained dedicated to delivering outstanding sound quality and ensuring that every recording represents the true essence of the artists involved. His passion for music and unwavering commitment to excellence have earned him the respect and admiration of musicians and industry professionals alike.

Today, Jim Morris continues to make significant contributions to the music industry, working with a diverse range of artists and genres. His talent, expertise, and unwavering dedication to his craft have solidified his place as one of the most influential and respected sound engineers and producers in the business. Jim's legacy as a pioneer in the world of hard rock and heavy metal music will undoubtedly endure for generations to come.

This album was recorded at: Morrisound

Morrisound Recording Studio is a renowned recording facility located in Tampa, Florida. It was founded in 1981 by brothers Jim and Tom Morris, who are also notable record producers and engineers. Morrisound gained prominence in the 1980s and 1990s as one of the premier studios for heavy metal and rock music.


The studio's reputation primarily stems from its association with the burgeoning death metal scene in Florida during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many influential death metal bands, including Morbid Angel, Death, Obituary, and Cannibal Corpse, chose Morrisound as their recording destination. The studio's distinctive sound, characterized by its powerful and heavy production quality, became synonymous with the death metal genre.

Morrisound's success can be attributed to the expertise and technical prowess of the Morris brothers. Jim Morris, an accomplished guitarist, was responsible for producing and engineering most of the records that came out of the studio. His brother, Tom Morris, also played a significant role in shaping the studio's sound as an engineer and mixer.

The studio itself featured state-of-the-art equipment and a spacious recording area, allowing bands to achieve the desired sonic intensity in their recordings. Morrisound became known for its precise drum sound, tight guitar tones, and thunderous bass lines. The studio's engineering techniques, including the innovative use of triggers and layering, contributed to the distinct heaviness and clarity found in many of the albums recorded there.

Morrisound's influence on the death metal genre extended beyond its recording capabilities. The studio's association with the genre helped establish Tampa, Florida, as a mecca for death metal, attracting bands and musicians from around the world. Numerous iconic albums were recorded at Morrisound, solidifying its legacy and impact on the genre.

Over the years, Morrisound Recording Studio expanded its reach beyond death metal, hosting a wide range of artists from various genres. Its versatility and commitment to quality made it a popular choice for bands and musicians seeking professional recording services. However, the studio's association with death metal remained a significant part of its identity.

Album cover illustration: Takashi Terada

Album cover photography: Gary Sweetman

Record Label & Catalog number: 
RoadrunneR Records RR 9508 1
Record Format
12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  
Year & Country: 
1988 Europe
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: CRIMSON GLORY - Transcedence
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ben Jackson - Rhythm Guitar
  • Jon Drenning - Lead Guitar
  • Midnight - Vocals
  • Dana Burnell - Drums
  • Jeff Lords - Bass Guitar


Ben Jackson (Guitar) before joining "Crimson Glory" in 1983, "Ben Jackson" has played guitars in the bands "Pierced Arrow" and "Beowulf".

Dana Burnell (Drums) before joining "Crimson Glory" in 1983, "Dana Burnell" has played guitars in the bands "Pierced Arrow" and "Beowulf".


Complete Track-listing of the album "CRIMSON GLORY - Transcedence"

The detailed tracklist of this record "CRIMSON GLORY - Transcedence" is:

    Track-listing Side One:
  1. Lady Of Winter 4:00
  2. Red Sharks 4:52
  3. Painted Skies 5:16
  4. Masque Of The Red Death 4:15
  5. In Dark Places 7:03
    Track-listing Side Two:
  1. Where Dragons Rule 5:07
  2. Lonely 5:18
  3. Burning Bridges 6:32
  4. Eternal World 3:54
  5. Transcendence 4:34
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