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 - UK - shaped picture disc - £15.00, $18.45, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jan-2023 16:22)on February 3, 2023 at 11:05 am
STYX Don't Let It End (1983 UK limited edition 'Robot Head' shaped 7" Picture Disc single, also including Rockin' The Paradise, clear PVC sleeve AMX120)
- Styx - Lights - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $9.84, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 30-Jan-2023 08:53)on February 3, 2023 at 11:05 am
STYX Lights (1979 UK 3-track 12" single, also including Renegade & Light Up, band logo picture sleeve. The sleeve has some minor storage wear and the vinyl remsins in excellent condition AMSP7528)
- Styx - Renegade - UK - 12" vinyl - £6.99, $8.60, €7.83 (New Item) (arrived 09-Dec-2022 15:27)on February 3, 2023 at 11:05 am
STYX Renegade (1979 UK 2-track 12" single, also featuring 'Sing For The Day'. The picture sleeve is Excellent [tiny number annotation to a back corner] & the vinyl is excellent with a few faint paper scuffs not affecting play AMSP7446)
- Styx - Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) - UK - 12" vinyl - £8.00, $9.84, €8.96 (New Item) (arrived 25-Nov-2022 15:25)on February 3, 2023 at 11:05 am
STYX Blue Collar Man (Long Nights) (1978 UK limited edition 2-track 12" single, also includes Superstars, housed in a superb gatefold picture sleeve designed by the Hipgnosis team. The sleeve shows minimal wear & the vinyl reveals little play AMSP7388)
- Styx - Cornerstone - Greek - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.76, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 25-Oct-2022 13:05)on February 3, 2023 at 11:05 am
STYX Cornerstone (1979 Greek 9-track vinyl LP, including the classic Babe. The gatefold picture sleeve has the lyrics printed inside and shows some light shelfwear around the edges while the vinyl is excellent with just a few light scuffs having little impact on play AMLK63711)