Transcendence (Crimson Glory album)

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Studio album by Crimson Glory
Released 14 November 1988
Genre Progressive metal, Power metal, Heavy metal
Length 50:24
Label Roadracer Records (Europe)
MCA Records (USA)
Producer Jim Morris
Crimson Glory chronology
Crimson Glory
Strange and Beautiful
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Rock Hard (de) 9.5/10[2]

Transcendence is the second album by Florida heavy metal group Crimson Glory, released in 1988 via Roadracer Records (now Roadrunner Records) in Europe and MCA Records in United States. It is considered by many to be their finest work. It was recorded at Morrisound Studios.[3]

Writing and recording[edit]

Masque of the Red Death is about the story written by Edgar Allan Poe. Eternal World was written as an instrumental for the tour of the band's first record in the Netherlands.[3]

The drums are a combination of both live and sampled drums. The band sampled drummer Dana Burnell performing live drums into a synclavier without any cymbals, and then re-recorded the cymbals live later in order to have complete separation of drums and cymbals. Guitarist Jon Drenning stated "It was a very arduous and time consuming way to do it but at the time it seemed like something we wanted to try to achieve; a pristine, clean sound and true separation of all instruments."[3]


The artwork was made by Japanese artist Takashi Terada for the Japanese poster art for the 1985 science fiction film Lifeforce. The announced ""Transcendence: Renovatio" version was said to feature new cover art, two demo bonus tracks and more was never released.[4]


In 2005, Transcendence was ranked number 412 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Lady of Winter" Midnight, J. Drenning J. Drenning 4:00
2. "Red Sharks" D. Burnell, J. Drenning J. Drenning, J. Lords 4:52
3. "Painted Skies" Midnight J. Drenning, Midnight, J. Lords 5:16
4. "Masque of the Red Death" Midnight J. Lords, B. Jackson, J. Drenning 4:15
5. "In Dark Places" Midnight, J. Drenning J. Drenning, J. Lords 7:03
6. "Where Dragons Rule" Midnight, J. Drenning J. Drenning, J. Lords, Midnight 5:07
7. "Lonely" Midnight, J. Drenning J. Drenning, J. Lords, Zahner 5:18
8. "Burning Bridges" Midnight J. Drenning 6:32
9. "Eternal World" Midnight, J. Drenning J. Drenning, J. Lords 3:54
10. "Transcendence" Midnight J. Drenning (Intro), Midnight 4:34


  • Midnight - Vocals
  • Jon Drenning - Lead Guitar
  • Ben Jackson - Rhythm Guitar
  • Jeff Lords - Bass
  • Dana Burnell - Drums


  1. ^ Rivadavia, Eduardo. Transcendence at AllMusic
  2. ^ Trojan, Frank. "Rock Hard review". issue 30. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Transcendence". Maxium Metal. March 18, 2010. 
  4. ^ "CRIMSON GLORY: Remasters, Upcoming Releases Detailed". BlabberMouth. 
  5. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 44. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 

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