Band Name: Crimson Crux
Album Name: Through Divers Temptations
Music Style: Christian/Gothic/Folk/Rock
Influences: Jesus Christ
Crimson Crux is a Southern California based gothic/folk/rock trio which combines elements of both the classical & heavy metal genres, fusing them into a unique “stripped down” acoustic style.
Formed in the Winter of 2011, Crimson Crux is a gothic/folk/rock trio from the High Desert of Southern CA, consisting of husband/wife duo Nathan Petty (guitars) & Tanya Petty (vocals), accompanied by the orchestral arrangements of Benjamin James Stern (piano/keys).
With roots in classic metal & influenced by the likes of ’80’s guitar legends such as Randy Rhoads, George Lynch, Michael Schenker, etc. from as early as the age of 10 yrs old.. Crimson Crux founder/guitarist Nathan Petty (ex-Sacred Faith, Sevenfold Image, Martiis Nocturnem) decided to leave the Southern CA black/death/metal scene in early 2011 after nearly a decade of chasing a dream, to fill the void in his heart that music alone could not. His desire was to form something musically & lyrically that could best describe the journey of trials, struggles, & then ultimately the transformation that his life had undergone.. a personal testimony of how the void in his heart was filled, written in the form of a musical autobiography.
He would not be alone on this endeavor. His wife of 6 years & elementary school sweetheart, Tanya Petty, immediately signed on as the vocalist of this new project, sharing the desire to write & perform music that expressed the very same things that she herself had gone through. Classically trained in opera as well as piano from the time she was a child, Tanya’s disciplined, unique vocal style instantly proved to be a signature trademark of the group’s sound, eventually fusing her strict opera form with the raw tones of rock, even carrying traces of country at times.
Later that year, pianist Benjamin Stern, also from the High Desert of Southern CA, would share their vision & become a part of this project. A 17-yr old piano prodigy of sorts, with no priar musical training, Ben fashioned his style after the piano compositions of Depeche Mode, Muse, etc., which brought a real “concert pianist” feel to the music as well as the live performances. His style not only brought that dark, atmospheric, macabre undertone to the music, but his role in this project could best be compared as a Danny Elfman to a Tim Burton, or a Harry Greggson-Williams to a Ridley Scott.. you can’t watch a horror flick without the eerie soundtrack & you can’t watch an epic fantasy film without the musical score, likewise Ben’s piano/keys serve as the score/mood of Crimson Crux’s music.
In May 2012, Crimson Crux entered the studio with their longtime engineer friend, Eric Dorse from The Noize Lab, to record their debut 17-track indie LP, “Through Divers Temptations”. Completely self-funded & uniquely inspired, the album became the band’s autobiography sharing each member’s emotional, physical & spiritual state during a season of hardship in their lives, & how deliverance was found through a saving grace.
In May 2013, after months of labouring endlessly in the studio & enduring many complications in the attempt to press the album, Crimson Crux’s debut indie LP “Through Divers Temptations” was finally pressed, released via CD Baby & distributed to their various online partners (i.e. itunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play, etc.). Immediately after the album’s release, the band embarked on two local tours that same year (“The Revival Tour” & “Feed The Bears Tour ’13” ), followed by another studio session in February 2014 to re-record their song “Ye Serpent of Olde” for an upcoming music video set to shoot in April 2014
Today, Crimson Crux still continues to be the musical autobiography of Nate, Tanya, & Ben with more music & lyrics that are yet to be written..
-Nathan Petty (CC)