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Crescent Shield

From: CA, United States
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Below is our complete Crescent Shield news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Crescent Shield Comments On Memorial Service

Power metal act Crescent Shield, which released "The Stars of Never Seen" (reviewed here) back in 2009, experienced the tragic loss of vocalist Michael Grant earlier this year. Guitarist Dan DeLucie has issued the following statement about the recent memorial service for Michael:

"Michael Grant’s west coast memorial was held on Aug 19th 2012 and it was everything we hoped it would be. I think it’s fair to say everyone in attendance learned more about Michael and attained a greater appreciation for him and his music. It was an emotionally charged event, both sad and painful, but also filled with joy and appreciation in remembering the good times with Mike.

"Many people came together to make this event the powerful and special tribute it was. Michael’s brother Luke was the driver behind the whole affair, arranging the facility, food, and coordinating the actual event. Michael’s mother Betsy, father Michael, and brother Andrew travelled from Connecticut to provide huge significance to the memorial. Horacio Colmenares was instrumental, providing sound engineering, equipment, and audio and video production. My wife Vasiliki provided hours of work creating a touching slide show, memorial book, and flowers. Tony DeVita was fantastic with his inspiring performance of 'Sleep' by Savatage. My friends and bandmates Melanie Sisneros and Craig Anderson both gave stirring performances of Mike’s song The Passing.

"Everyone who gave a speech eulogizing Mike was wonderful. Betsy Grant’s speech was illuminating and touching. Andrew Grant was evocative and his acapella rendition of 'Abide with Me' was heartrending. Luke captured Michael’s personality and humor to a T. And Michael’s father’s candid speech was a powerful coda to the eulogies. Some others who also spoke were my wife Vasiliki who remembered Mike’s big heart and kindness, Melody Schoenfeld who recounted highlights of her long history of friendship with Mike, Kragen Lum (Prototype, Heathen) who remembered Mike and his music, Kari VanCamp who recalled Mike’s supportive nature, and others who spoke of their special connection with Mike. More...

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Crescent Shield Comments On Vocalist's Death

As was previously reported, Crescent Shield vocalist Michael Grant passed away late last month. The band has now posted the following statement online about releasing new material that Michael had already recorded and then putting the band to rest:

"As most of you have heard by now, Michael Grant died on May 31st. It’s still painful and hard to accept. His obituary has been posted in the Greenwich Time. It’s a nice tribute. Here it is:

MICHAEL DONALD GRANT III, age 39, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 31st in Los Angeles CA from a cerebral hemorrhage and complications of liver disease. Actor, vocalist, songwriter, lyricist and sports fan. Loving son of Betsy and Michael Grant of Greenwich CT, brother of Andrew, Luke, and Bettina McCarthy, Uncle to Wim and Avery McCarthy, Barlow Grant and Godfather to Avery. Namesake of his grandfather, the late M. Donald Grant, a co-founder of the New York Mets, he was a devoted follower of the NL baseball club. He also adored NHL hockey, and cheered for his adopted hometown team, the Los Angeles Kings. He attended Brunswick School and Trinity-Pawling School before graduating from Greenwich High School in 1991. He then was accepted for the two year program at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and after completion toured the country as the Genie in a national production of “Aladdin”. He then moved to L.A. and began actuating his life-long love affair with the heavy metal music genre. As lead vocalist for the metal bands “Legend Maker,” “Onward” and “Crescent Shield” he was known for his rich and powerful baritone, and the passion with which he infused his music. He will also be remembered for his gift for comedy, his spot-on impressions of friends and associates, his warm and gentle nature, and his consistent effort to create a smile on everyone he came upon. A memorial mass will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 469 North Street, Greenwich, CT on Thursday June 14th at 11:00 am.

"I’m sure there are few Crescent Shield fans chuckling at the thought of Mike as the Genie in Aladdin! The guy sure had multiple talents. Besides the CT memorial, we are also planning a memorial for Michael around Los Angeles which will probably take place in July. More information forthcoming.

"I would sincerely like to thank all the fans and friends of Michael that have offered condolences to both Michael’s family and me and the band. The outpouring of love and respect for Mike from music outlets, blogs, forums, and social sites has been amazing. It’s heartwarming to be part of such a wonderful community of caring, like-minded music fans. My respect for the heavy metal community has increased many times over.

"Some people have asked if Crescent Shield will find a new singer and continue. No. However, I mentioned that Michael and I had been writing material for another album. What I want to do is release this material. I have demo recordings of eight songs with me on the guitar and bass, a drum machine, and Michael singing. On seven of them, the vocals are recorded in good quality. On one song the vocals are horrible quality; my recording computer died and we had to improvise. I would like to rerecord the music with the rest of the band and use Mike’s vocal tracks; and rerecord the vocals on the one poor sound quality song. A guest vocalist will do that. This will be the last new music Crescent Shield will ever release. I know Mike would be happy his last songs were properly and professionally released.

"Here is a demo recording of one of the songs Mike and I wrote a while back called Flags of Thunder. This song was inspired by our fallen musical heroes especially Ronnie James Dio. Mike’s eloquent lyrics describe how we miss our fallen heroes and how we carry on their musical tradition; carry the flags of thunder. It’s so sad and ironic that Mike is now one of those fallen heroes."

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Crescent Shield Vocalist Passes Away

Guitarist Dan DeLucie of U.S. power metal act Crescent Shield has issued the following announcement about vocalist Michael Grant passing away:

"Today I have lost a dear and close friend, a band mate, and a heavy metal brother. Michael Grant passed away on May 31, 2012 at Glendale Memorial Hospital in Glendale, CA after a relatively brief but serious illness. He was 39 years old. He was peaceful and surrounded by family at the time of his passing. Michael recorded and toured with several bands throughout his career most notably Onward on Century Media Records and more recently Crescent Shield on Cruz del Sur Music.

"Michael’s rich and powerful baritone and clean melodic vocal style made him a distinct voice in heavy metal. He was known for crafting memorable vocal hooks and layered harmonies. He often weaved multiple vocal phrases together creating a complex and striking tapestry of vocal melodies. Perhaps most notable however was the passion Mike sang with. He could evoke the strength and grandiloquence of the mightiest metal warrior or the mournful atmosphere of a passing life.

"Mike was more than just a singer though. He was a greatly talented songwriter and lyricist. Although he didn’t play an instrument, he would often write complete songs by humming guitar lines and vocalizing drum beats. His lyrics were profound, evocative and often personal. He was a true lover of heavy metal and would sing its praises with a sense of poetry and grandeur. No matter the topic: journeys into the unknown, the choices we make in life, religious dogma, or a crimson moonrise, Mike always delivered a moving message with unique elegance.

"Writing, recording, and performing music with Mike in Crescent Shield was a joy. We were in synch creatively and complimented each other’s abilities very well. We produced music for the love of it. We performed for the love of it. Crescent Shield’s pinnacle performance at Keep It True 08 in Germany was a dream come true for both of us. More...

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Crescent Shield Issues Album Update

Crescent Shield has checked in with the following update about working on new material for an upcoming album:

"Mike left a little while ago. Things started of badly, my recording computer died. :-( Then I heard Mike's vocals and lyrics for the new song. Wow! Fantastic. I just stuck a mic in front of him and a speaker and he recorded it into my other computer just to get it down.

"There's really nothing to change as far as his vocals and lyrics go with this song. He just nailed it. It's called 'The Leaving.' We decided we might to one more song, sort of a short acoustic interlude with vocals. We were messing around with something. We'll see..."

The new album will be the follow-up to "The Stars of Never Seen" (reviewed here). You can check out "The Stars of Never Seen" through the Bandcamp player below. More...

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Crescent Shield Posts Live Festival Footage Online

Crescent Shield has posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "The Passing," which is from their debut album "The Last of my Kind." The video clip, which can be viewed below, was filmed at Germany's Keep It True Festival in June 2008. The clip is also found on the bonus DVD included with Crescent Shield's May 2009 CD release "The Stars of Never Seen." More...

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Crescent Shield Streaming Entire New Album Online

California metallers Crescent Shield, featuring guitarist Dan DeLucie of Destiny's End and New Eden, are currently streaming their entire new album "The Stars of Never Seen" on their official website. "The Stars Of Never Seen" is set to be released through Cruz del Sur Music on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.

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Crescent Shield Streaming New Song Online

California metallers Crescent Shield are currently streaming the new song "Tides Of Fire" online from their upcoming album "The Stars Of Never Seen." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "The Stars Of Never Seen" is set to be released through Cruz del Sur Music on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.

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Crescent Shield Reveals Album Art, Tracklisting

US Metal diehards CRESCENT SHIELD will release their second album "The Stars of Never Seen" this spring on Cruz del Sur Music. The album will be released on the 8th of May in Germany and Europe, 11th of May in UK and June 2 in the USA/Canada.

The first pressing will include a limited edition DVD of their entire performance at Germany's Keep it True Festival in April 08.

The artwork for the CD was again done by comic book artist Gerry Alanguilan and can be viewed here.

The band is in the final stages of mixing the record with renowned metal producer Bill Metoyer.

The tracklisting for "The Stars of Never Seen" follows:

UNDER COVER OF SHADOWS
THE GRAND HORIZON
TIDES OF FIRE
10,000 MIDNIGHTS AGO
TEMPLE OF THE EMPTY
MY ANGER
THE BELLMAN
THE ENDURANCE
LIFESPAN

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Cruz Del Sur Plans Alehorn of Power Festival II

Italian label Cruz Del Sur Music in collaboration with Tone Deaf Touring is pleased to announce its first official US festival, that will take place Saturday the 16th of June 2007 in Chicago, IL at Double Door. The lineup so far is:

SLOUGH FEG (introducing their new album “Hardworlder”)
NOVEMBERS DOOM (The End Records recording Artists )
BIBLE OF THE DEVIL (continuing support of their latest album "The Diabolic Procession”)
CRESCENT SHIELD (continuing support of their latest album "The Last of My Kind”)
WIDOW (introducing their new album “Nightlife”)
VALKYRIE (special guests)

The festival reunites some of the best emerging forces of American heavy metal, and it is intended as a tribute to all the overseas Metal-fans who have been incredibly supportive to Cruz Del Sur Music activities through these years.

The key Heavy Metal Event “Alehorn of Power” taking place every year in Chicago, will give hospitality to the festival as a part of a bigger joint-venture that includes the presence of The End Records’ recording artists Novembers Doom and Virginia’s doom metal outfit Valkyrie.

Tickets will be $13 in advance through the Double Door box office or ticketmaster.com and $15 at the door the night of the event. More details will be announced soon.

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Crescent Shield Sign With Cruz Del Sur Music

California's traditional melodic metal band CRESCENT SHIELD, which features which features the talents of former DESTINY'S END guitarist Dan DeLucie and former ONWARD vocalist Michael Grant, has inked a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music. The group's full-length debut, entitled "The Last of My Kind", will be released in late October.

CRESCENT SHIELD's lineup is completed by drummer Craig Anderson (ex-IGNITE, ENGINE) and bassist Melanie Sisneros (ex-NEW EDEN, THE IRON MAIDENS, SINERGY), two veterans of the Los Angeles music scene.

"The Last of My Kind" track listing:

01. Above Mere Mortals
02. Slaves to the Metal Horde
03. Rise of the Red Crescent Moon
04. Burn with Life
05. The Last of my Kind
06. North for the Winter
07. The Path Once Chosen
08. The Great Devoid
09. Unfinished Ashes
10. Await the Champion
11. The Passing

Check out audio samples at this location.

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