US pomp rockers Styx have streamed the title track of their upcoming album Crash Of The Crown. The new concept album will be released onJune 18 on the band’s label, Alpha Dog 2T/UMe. You can listen to the track below.
The new album, the band’s 17th, follows in the proggier vein of their 2017 album The Mission, which drew inspiration from the band’s earlier days (Styx covered Emerson, Lake & Palmer‘s Fanfare For The Common Man on their self-titled 1972 debut album), and is a concept album centred around an amalgamation of historical events that occurred in 1066, 1455, 1775, 1861, 1941, and even 2001.
“We’ve never been a protest band. We’re more like a gospel caravan trying to send out positive messages wherever we go,” says Crash Of The Crown co-creator and overall visionary Tommy Shaw. “In order to share those positive messages, you have to look at what the problems are first to figure out all the ways you can help make sure everything’s going to be alright. That’s a very important part of how we do what we do.”
“I’m always looking for the one different thing we can do and still have it be Styx,” adds keyboard player and singer Lawrene Gowan. “I also got to use some gear I never thought I’d have the chance to play on a Styx record like Tommy’s Hammond B3 organ, my Minimoog, and my Mellotron.”
Additionally, for Record Store Day on Saturday, June 12, the band will also release The Same Stardust EP on blue 180-gram 12-inch vinyl only, which will feature two brand-new songs on side one; The Same Stardust and Age Of Entropia, as well as five live performances on side two of some of Styx’s classic hits previously heard during their “Styx Fix” livestreams that have been keeping fans company during the pandemic on their official YouTube page, including Mr. Roboto, Man In The Wilderness, Miss America, Radio Silence and Renegade.
Styx, who will venture out on tour in America with Collective Soul, will release Crash Of The Crown on clear vinyl, black vinyl, CD, and on digital platforms.
Styx: Crash of The Crown
1. The Fight Of Our Lives
2. A Monster
4. Hold Back The Darkness
5. Save Us From Ourselves
6. Crash Of The Crown
7. Our Wonderful Lives
8. Common Ground
9. Sound The Alarm
10. Long Live The King
11. Lost At Sea
12. Coming Out The Otherside
13. To Those
14. Another Farewell
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STYX Don't Let It End (1983 UK solid centre 7" vinyl single, includes Rockin' The Paradise, picture sleeve AM120)
- Styx - The Grand Illusion - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.55, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2021 12:04)on September 28, 2021 at 3:37 am
STYX The Grand Illusion (1977 UK 8-track LP, the group's first platinum-selling album, picture sleeve, complete with lyric insert. The sleeve shows a little wear/scuffing to spine yet the vinyl looks barely played - an excellent copy AMLH64637)
- Styx - Cornerstone - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.44, €14.04 (Back In Stock) (arrived 12-Nov-2020 09:12)on September 28, 2021 at 3:37 am
STYX Cornerstone (1979 UK 9-track LP, including the classic, Babe, gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside. The sleeve shows some wear around the edges from storage & the vinyl is excellent with just a few light scuffs having little impact onplay AMLK63711)
- Styx - The Paradise Theatre Tour - Official Programme - UK - tour programme - £15.00, $20.55, €17.55 (New Item) (arrived 17-Nov-2020 13:42)on September 28, 2021 at 3:37 am
STYX The Paradise Theatre Tour - Official Programme (1981 UK 20 page tour programme, featuring tour personnel and great photographs, with a metalic silver cover)
- Styx - Caught In The Act - Stickered + Poster + promo stamp - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $27.40, €23.40 (New Item) (arrived 19-Nov-2020 16:14)on September 28, 2021 at 3:37 am
STYX Caught In The Act (1984 UK 14-track double vinyl LP, recorded live at the Saenger Theater, New Orleans, LA on the 9th & 10th of April 1983, but kicking off with the then new studio track 'Music Time'. Housed in a hype-stickered picture sleeve with souvenir fold-out poster, with promo stamp on reverse. The sleeve does have some notable edge scuffing and a few storage marks, but the poster remains unused and the vinyl shows only light signs of play AMLM66704)