WHITE CRONE - The Poisoner - Reviewed By Loud Enough Magazine ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.facebook.com/download/919482962247241/LE_Issue_7_July_2021.pdf
White Crone is the classic metal project of blues singer/bassist Lisa Mann and influenced by bands like Rainbow, Dio and Sabbath. It’s not pastiche; these are original White Crone songs (plus a Venom cover) and there are subtle touches of prog, black metal and even a pinch of folk that freshens up the sound. With solid drumming that is restrained when it needs to be but powerful and heavy in just the right places; bass lines that are big and tuneful and twin guitars laying down heavy riffs mixed with lighter, melodic playing and expressive soloing it has a huge, rich sound. But her voice! It’s strong, powerful; a crystal clear and beautiful mid-range tone that soars high and makes for some stunning vocal harmonies. And it’s expressive which is important as these are macabre Lovecraftian vignettes of unholy rituals, sacrifice, and ancient horrors. Opener The Dream... is a paranoia-filled nightmare of thunderous riffs, power chords and unsettling picking. The Poisoner is a powerful piece of upbeat hard rock. Instrumental Our Sacred Duty segues into the exotic Middle Eastern melodies of Broken, a twisted piece of sacred duty while the bright zealous glee of New Planet Earth contrasts with the need for blood sacrifice. Edge Of Gone is a bluesy rock groove between Sabbath and Zeppelin. Vinnie Appice lays down a slow beat for the doomy Under Hag Stones, a tale of things that should be left untouched. It wets the appetite for White Crone 2. - Loud Enough Magazine
White Crone 's The Poisoner delivers Traditional Heavy Metal , with traces of prog, proto & doom. Featuring soaring Dickinsonian female vocals, epic dual guitars, thunderous drums & (most especially) iron fisted bass guitar, The Poisoner will take you "back to the day."
Lisa Mann made a career as an award winning blues artist, but never lost her love of metal music. Growing up in the mosh pits of the 1980's, she was inspired by bands such as Iron Maiden , Mercyful Fate , Black Sabbath, Manowar, Dio and more. A mostly one-woman project, White Crone is a love letter to this grand era of metal, and a lyrical homage to mystical storytelling traditions of yore.
After two years of hard work and sweat, my metal recording project White Crone is being unleashed! I wrote all the songs except one (a cover of Venom’s “Seven Gates of Hell”) and played all the bass and almost all the guitars. This new project is a love letter to traditional metal music, the likes of Iron Maiden, Dio, Judas Priest, and Mercyful Fate. These bands were a daily part of my life as a youth, and playing along with their records was how I learned to play bass and sing.
I did pre-production at home on Samplitude, on which my husband Allen was kind enough to tutor me. I bought a Roland V-drum kit and a seven string Schecter guitar and tracked all the parts in my spare time. The songs came to me in waves- while I was driving, or taking a walk or even in the shower. Sometimes a melody would strike me in the middle of the night, and I’d have to sing parts into a phone app so I wouldn’t forget. I taught myself how to play guitar well enough by watching YouTube tutorials on Maiden and Priest songs, and I knew how to play drums enough to get the scratch drum parts tracked (however badly performed).
Once songs were ready to record, master drummer and instructor Larry London set tracks down at Kevin Hahn’s Opal Studio. He played the parts I had written, yet expanding on and improving them in ways I could never have imagined. I also asked former Glacier guitar guru Mehdi Farjami to play guitar on a couple of tracks; he laid down some blistering solos and tasty rhythms on The Dream of Tiamat and The Seven Gates of Hell. I frankly thought my guitar playing wouldn’t be good enough, but through hard work and some split fingernails, I felt confident enough to do the rest of the guitars myself.
I invited a couple of special guests to perform on the album, including drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath, Rick Derringer). He appeared on my last blues album on a prison-blues stomp which also featured Ben Rice. The White Crone song (Under Hag Stones) is mostly at 58bpm, and NOBODY can deliver a slow heavy groove like Appice. Also featured is percussionist Caton Lyles. He worked on my blues music projects in the past, and brought a taste of the Middle East to the White Crone song “Broken.”
All this was mixed and mastered by Kevin at Opal, whose fine work on my past three blues CDs have garnered awards and recognition. Photos for the project were masterfully taken by Miri Stebivka–he and his partner Darka Dusty are more folks who I’ve worked with in the blues milieu, and album graphics were done by the ever talented Jen Taylor, who did my past three blues releases as well.
With the help of friends and family (and a Buddhist priest), we shot a killer video for the title track with director and videographer Cypress Jones. Filmed on three locations with actors, props and all. I am over the moon as to how kickass (and humorous) it turned out!
I can’t underscore enough how this dream has only come to fruition through the joyful efforts of others. Now it’s YOUR turn to add some joyful effort, if you would be so kind… take a listen to the project, share the project, review it, download it, tell your friends about it! I can’t do this without you!
WHITE CRONE has already been receiving rave reviews!
“Lisa has indeed a great voice, rich and powerful she dominates the compositions with ease.... This indeed sounds like a bow before the classics and the masters that did perform them in the days of old.”
Dennis Eikenkötter, Reflections of Darkness
“...a high quality sound that can easily compete with major releases... strongly influenced by mercyful fate, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden... The bass on this one is incredible”-
Nik Cameron, Glacially Musical
“juicy, high-energy riffage... I can’t get enough of the whole album.” (Lisa Mann is) “unapologetically badass”
Jessie May, Alternative Control
“epic vocals, roaring riffage and tasty bass lines.”
Luke Parsons, Abrasive Noise
“I love this record and I love Lisa Mann... a musical monster... heavy metal with all the needless bullshit stripped away.”
Dark Juan, Ever Metal
“reminding me of Seventh Son by Maiden at some points... music to raise swords to”
CarcassBomb, NoobHeavy “Microdose”
“It is very very good. Check this album. Well worth it.”
Blessed Altar Zine
“Mann’s rich timbre and tone draws parallels to Ronnie James Dio... White Crone have delivered an album that is thoroughly enjoyable...”
Eric McCann, Metal Heads Forever
"Lisa undoubtedly understands the genre and its purest roots... a brutal and powerful honesty that is transmitted to the listener... Ronnie James Dio... I dare say that our protagonist is the female version..."
Daniel Vazquez Lobato, Subterraneo Webzine (Spain)
"Lisa's voice is incredibly strong... the bass is what dominates the spotlight, almost a tribute to bassists like Steve Harris and Geddy Lee... a high level album... first class production..."
Mauro Antunes, Radio Rock Nation (Brazil)