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King Crimson – ‘In The Court Of The Crimson King’

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Island/Atlantic Records
Progressive Rock

This morning the Metal Digest office, we’re blasting a real classic proto-heavy metal/progressive rock masterpiece with the 1969 self-titled album from King Crimson. Unlike many of their burgeoning prog rock peers such as Yes, The Nice and Pink Floyd, King Crimson was not about harmony, high-fantasy or peace, instead, this was a release that was full of dissonance. ‘In The Court…’ was new, it was scary and it was very, very influential as tracks such as ‘Epitaph’, ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ and the title track pushed the boundaries of rock music. It may not have been immediately as impactful as say ‘Led Zeppelin’, but it certainly added a darker prong to music that would be picked up by bands in the later NWOBHM and post-punk movements. So today, confuse and frighten your neighbours with an album that still has the potential to make people feel uncomfortable today.

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