Interview with Battle Helm Webzine

March 10, 2017

It might not make the news but there is a US metal scene that is more than the trendies. CROWN OF EARTH is one of them. Vocalist Danny Knight answered.  By: Anders Ekdahl ©2017


Please tell our readers about the band history and discography?
-Crown of Earth has made it passed what I call “the disbanding phase”. That’s the 2 year run where one of the members in a band decides they’ve had enough and quits. Then the band slowly falls apart because they can’t find the proper replacement, so everyone goes their separate ways. This band has thankfully made it passed that point and we’ve actually had the latest and greatest member lineup now for around 2 years. However, the primary members have been together for around 4 years now. Let me rephrase that, not the primary members, the founding members.

As I am not at all familiar with your band perhaps you could introduce it?
-Gladly, I like to describe our music as heavily influenced by all the hard hitting champions of Classic Heavy Metal. You being from Europe, I guess I’m giving a nod to the (NWOBHM) New Wave of British Heavy Metal. We all love Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath to name a few. Our drummer is influenced by the later phase of Metal, more along the death metal style like The Black Dahlia Murder and such, so he brings a much needed boost in tempo and precision to our music.


How hard was it for you guys to pick a name? What had that name have to have to fit your music?
-You must know what a tough road bands go through to ask this question. It’s always difficult for bands to find that “right name”. Crown of Earth started out as Megalon. You know that creature that fights Godzilla? Well, I contacted the owners of Megalon and the politely asked me to choose a different name. So we went back to the drawing board and started throwing names at each other again. One day I brought my list of suggestions to the guys and Mike Ellis, (Co-Founding member of COE) saw Crown of Earth on my list and really loved it because it reminded him of Black Sabbath’s previous name “Earth”. So we did the typical domain name search and to me, if a .com was available, I would have selected any name. Everything seemed available and here we are. So for me, the main reason the name fit us is because it had an available dot com we could use. Check us out at


What band(s) was it that turned you on to the kind of music you play? What inspires you today?
-My personal influence regarding the music I like to play definitely comes from Iron Maiden. However, I like anything that has a distorted guitar riff and played on 10! … or 11 in some cases. I started out by getting into Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Then, hearing classic rock on my Detroit home town stations like Journey, Boston, Queen and Ted Nugent. Then from there, it went to Iron Maiden, Manowar, QueensRyche. As you can see, there is a common thread stitched into all those bands that I named and that would be Great Vocals! That’s what I love to hear. So, It doesn’t matter to me how proficient and awesome the band is, if the singer isn’t what I like, then I can’t really listen to it. That’s just me and the way it is.

What is the advantages/disadvantages of CD and vinyl these days of internet promotion where digital seems to be king?
-The advantage of having a CD in hand at our shows is a very valuable way to keep our name in the audience’s head. There are many great bands and generally, multiple bands play on the same show on any giving night. So, having a CD for sale or promo will help them remember who we are and take us home with them so when they wake up from their hang-over the next day, they can play our lovely music and say, “ yeah they’re great, this kicks ass! Good thing I bought their CD last night or I wouldn’t have remembered what a good band they are! ”


I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when your out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-I hear you on this. I fear that there are too many options for entertainment since the Internet has made this world a smaller place. Music and Live Music Entertainment has gone on the back burner since it’s hey-day. People just have too many options to keep them occupied and Music is just one of many. So, it doesn’t get to be the main topic of conversation anymore.

What part does art work and lay out play? Any message that you want to bring forth with it?
-I have always appreciated cool artwork on albums. That’s why I made it a point to find the right artwork for our album by a talented artist from Texas, Phil Wohr. In a sense, it’s so typical and common, but on the other hand, our album cover is undeniably kick ass! It’s just timeless for a Heavy Metal band to have a cool image like that on their album. I really love it.

Is it a whole different way to promote a band today with all these social media channels? Or do you go about doing promotion the same way? Playing live and word of mouth.
-Promotion by social media is a must do. No way around it. It reaches a lot of people for little to no cost and it works. However, playing live is my preferred method of promotion. Also, getting involved with a good PR company has proven successful so far. I want to give a big shout-out to Benjamin of Online Metal Promo who works his ass off to help out the metal community.

Do you feel like you are a part of a scene, locally, nationally and internationally?
-I know Crown of Earth is part of the “Philadelphia scene”. We are well known around here and the general area. We’re branching out nationally and have yet to play internationally. I’ve always thought that our style of music is much more appreciated outside of America and I need to find the chance to prove that to myself. We need to get over to Europe and Japan and present our music as I feel it would be much more appreciated in those regions of the world.

How much of a touring band are you? Is touring/gigging still a great way of spreading the word of the band?
-Crown of Earth has plans to begin touring this year around America. We have a few mini-tours in the making.

What will the future bring?
-This summer (2017) will be a good one for the band, full of new music and a new album, videos and touring. Please check us out at: . Friend us at: . Booking and other info contact us at:

The Akademia Music Awards

July 15, 2015

Crown of Earth's is honored to have our song "Why Should I Care"  chosen by the Akademia Music Awards as Best Song for July 2015 in the Metal/Hard Rock category.  To see all the winners see the link below. 

CBS Philly News

March 15, 2015

Crown of Earth is a progressive, hard-rocking and classic-sounding metal band from Philadelphia that is influenced greatly by bands like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Metallica. The band released its debut album last year and, as avid supports of the Philadelphia Veterans House, the single, “Born Again Warrior,” is a tribute to veterans and a portion of the song’s proceeds are donated to help veterans in need.

Milkwaukee Rock Music Examiner

March 13, 2015

ReverbNation was the first place I heard the thunder of Crown of Earth. This metal ensemble, crusading out of Philadelphia, has been rocking the planet since 2012.

The video release of, Born Again Warrior, is seeing mega-metal views over on Youtube. Crown of Earth, as an entity, has vowed to donate part of the proceeds from the release, Born Again Warrior, to the men and women of the US armed forces. The 148, 324 and rising views on the popular Youtube platform, is a excellent way for this tribute track to raise funds for such a worthy cause. Utilizing all media platforms for distribution, including itunes and Amazon, Crown of Earth is a melodic mega force of music and marketing.

Stars & Strips

February 10, 2015

By day, rhythm guitarist Mike Ellis and drummer Nikki Shannon, friends for 24 of their 48 years, rehab homes they've bought in Ellis' native West Philadelphia, then sell them and rehab some more.

By night, they morph into Crown of Earth, playing wall-shaking anthems with bandmates Chris Graziola (lead guitar), Danny Knight (vocals) and Marky Z (bass), including "Born Again Warrior," their tribute to veterans that comes straight from their heavy-metal hearts.

Philadelphia Daily News

February 9, 2015

BY DAY, rhythm guitarist Mike Ellis and drummer Nikki Shannon, friends for 24 of their 48 years, rehab homes they've bought in Ellis' native West Philadelphia, then sell them and rehab some more.

By night, they morph into Crown of Earth, playing wall-shaking anthems with bandmates Chris Graziola (lead guitar), Danny Knight (vocals) and Marky Z (bass), including "Born Again Warrior," their tribute to veterans that comes straight from their heavy-metal hearts.

Ellis said that as a kid, he spent two weeks every summer with a great-uncle who'd survived the 1942 Bataan Death March and three years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp before being liberated on V-J Day in 1945.

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