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Cirrus Crown, a weather phenomenon associated with thunderstorms, is a metaphor that perfectly encapsulates the band’s energetic, dynamic, heavy and ambient music. The Melbourne-based Alternative Metal band’s sound “is hard to pin down to any particular influence,” however, there are evident shades of Porcupine Tree, Karnivool, Gojira, Dead Letter Circus and Cog.

Their songs “utilise dynamics and ambience to provide contrast to the pulsating heaviness” and takes the listener on a “highly dynamic ride”. The band’s lineup features “gig-hardened players and performers”; vocalist Markus Saastamoinen (Degrees of Separation), guitarists Pete Borzeta (Acolyte, Fading Hour) and Ross Niven (Fear is a Liar), bassist Matt Manders (Orsome Welles) and drummer Lorne Lippiatt (Alpha Remedy).

Cirrus Crown exploded onto the scene to a sold out full-capacity room and quickly became known for their “powerful performances,” “immense energy” and “taking the audience on a journey filled with charging, high-energy intensity.” Less than 12 months later, their recently released highly anticipated debut single and video for The Hardest Truth were met with huge praise from peers and fans alike. Their follow up single Passive is due for release in mid-2020.

Cirrus Crown, Arcane Saints, Terrestrials, Formiles @ The Workers Club, Melbourne, 31/1/2019

Transience, M0dal1ty, Cirrus Crown, Formiles @ The Evelyn Hotel, Melbourne, 24/5/2019 


Lung, Cirrus Crown, Flynn Effect, Little Rituals @ The Bendigo

March 30, 2019 THE MUSIC
by Rod Whitfield

Cirrus Crown are virtually a brand new band. Forming just last year, this is only their second ever show. They are somewhat of a local supergroup, featuring members of such local luminaries as Sydonia, Acolyte, Fading Hour, Fear Is A Liar and others, and when you have such a pedigree of gig-hardened players and performers in your band, greenness is less of an issue. They come on to much fanfare, and their Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus-influenced progressive alternative sound and live performance back it up. Their set is a highly dynamic 40-minute ride, taking the audience on a journey filled with charging, high-energy intensity interspersed with moments of heady atmosphere. The musicianship is tight and dextrous and the vocals soar. The songs are powerful and memorable.

Although there are moments when it’s clear that this band are still developing their confidence, signature sound and performance, the potential here is enormous.”

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Cirrus Crown; it was clear by the immensely crowded band room that this was a band that many people had come to see, and I would assume it was at this point that the show filled to capacity. Having never actually heard of Cirrus Crown before, I had only the name and the line-up to go off, and I later found out that the band is the current project of Pete Borzeta, formerly of Fading Hour and local legends Acolyte. There’s a very specific flavour to a lot of Melbourne prog; a focus on ambience and meter-play, chunky riffage, soaring vocals… Cirrus Crown embodied all of this in the most badass way, coming off to me as the most metal band of the night. Energetically delivering insane riff after insane riff, the energy onstage was immense, with the bassist and drummer in particular working hard to energetically deliver their pummelling rhythms. I had to leave the band room after their set to recover from the sheer intensity.”

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