Crimson Glory is an American progressive power metal band from Sarasota, Florida. It was initially formed in 1979 under the name of Pierced Arrow (then under Beowulf). Current training includes guitarists Jon Drenning and Ben Jackson, bassist Jeff Lords, and drummer Dana Burnell.
Pioneers of the progressive metal movement, Crimson Glory became popular in the 1980s and became one of the "pillars of progressive metal" with Queensreach, Dream Theater, Fates Warning and Watchtower, which contributed to the development of the genre. Crimson Glory has a total of four albums and one EP. They separate in 1992, but meet six years later.
Crimson Glory was trained in Sarasota, Florida, in 1979 under the name Pierced Arrow, then under Beowulf. Pierced Arrow's band includes Tony Wise on vocals, Bernardo Hernandez and Ben Jackson on guitar, Glen Barnhardt on bass, later replaced by Jeff Lords, and Dana Burnell on drums. Hernandez and Lords were replaced by Chris Campbell and John Colemorgan, respectively, at the end of 1981 or the beginning of 1982. In 1983, the group changed bassist, guitarist and singer. Lords joins the band, Chris Campbell is replaced by Jon Drenning, and Tony Wise by Mark Ormes>. Later, Mark Ormes leaves the band, which recruits an old friend of Jeff Lords, John Patrick McDonald (later renamed Midnight). They then change their name to Crimson Glory >>>>>.
After four years of rehearsals, they release their eponymous album, produced by Dan Johnson, at the label Records in 1986 >>>. It will later be reissued to the Roadracer Records label (future Roadrunner Records). The group will also play at Hammersmith Odeon 1987. Crimson Glory easily identifies with other metal bands by wearing metal silver masks they kept on stage, during photo shoots or in public. Midnight singer's mask used only part of his face.