GODSPEED BY PHIL JONAS
Crone is a dark rock band from Northern Germany, led and shaped by Secrets of the Moon mastermind Phil sG Jonas and Markus Renzenbrink (Embedded). ‘Godspeed’ is the group‘s first full-length LP and follow-up to Crone‘s 2014 debut, ‘Gehenna’, an EP hailed as “morose, thick, melodic music for cloudy days”. A conceptual album with song titles and themes inspired by real-life tragedies and mysterious events, ‘Godspeed’ pairs heavy subject matter with emotionally-charged music. Each track on the record is a cenotaph to a real-life person(s) that met an unfortunate or untimely demise; each tracks a touching testimonial to an incredible instance in time.
‘The Pianist’ is about inventor and parachuting pioneer Franz Reichelt who jumped to his death from the Eiffel Tower while testing a wearable parachute of his own design. “H” pays homage to stage actress Peg Entwistle who, in 1932, jumped to her death from the giant letter “H” on California‘s famous Hollywood sign.
Cuts like ‘Mother Crone’, ‘The Perfect Army’, ’Leviathan‘s Lifework’ and others are epic, electric eulogies, each with its own odd tale to tell! On a purely musical level, ‘Godspeed’ is a compelling and cathartic marriage of alternative rock energy and hard rock grit. Crone crafts hypnotic harmonies and haunting melodies that would easily find favour with fans of Alice in Chains, Opeth, Crippled Black Phoenix and Ghost. With „Godspeed“, Crone creates bleak music that‘s not consumed by darkness. ‘Godspeed’ has been released as Digisleeve CD and Gatefold LP.
Thank you for having us. Our latest release is called ‘Godspeed’. It has been released back in April 2018 and it’s a full-length album. With some distance to it now, I just finished recording the new ‘Secrets of the Moon’ record, I must say that I’m still very proud and convinced of it. It sounds beautiful. It’s been quite a mess because we recorded in three or four different studios and to get everything in shape was quite some work but we succeeded.