Crown of Earth's Danny Knight Talks of Music and Plans!

Heavy metal, rockers Crown of Earth, have released their self-titled album as of late, with newer music as process in the making of course! Besides that, they will be playing some shows coming up with a lot more planned out! Frontman vocalist Danny Knight talks about the band, their music and all of the plans set for many years to come.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Danny: Hello everyone! I’m Danny Knight. I’d be glad to answer your questions. Thanks for
the opportunity!

Well, Crown of Earth started out as a couple of guys trying to put a band together in the basement. Michael Ellis (Guitarist and cofounder for COE) and his best buddy for many years, Nikki Shannon (on Drums), they had some songs together and they needed a lead guitarist to lay down a solo on a track called Pile Driver (​find it on Crown of Earth’s debut CD release​). They somehow got in contact with a friend of mine named Christopher Graziola (Lead Guitarist). They met with Chris and they tracked the song the very next day. Well, it went over so well that they decided to continue jamming together.

As some time went on, Christopher kept asking me to check out a project he’s in, called Megalon. You know that creature that fought with Godzilla? I’ll tell you about that some other time. Well, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to get into a band at the time. I just wasn’t feeling it, but Chris asked me enough times to finally convince me to check out what he had going on. I finally made it over to Mike’s house in Northeast Philadelphia where they were rehearsing and I jumped into a couple of their songs. I really liked what I heard so I decided to keep working with them. We built up a good team and everyone was on the same page. We all know how hard to find that can be. I called in a friend on bass, Matt Harrigan, and we began to rehearse and eventually recorded the self titled debut album, ​CROWN OF EARTH​. I really hope you enjoy it because we’re all very proud of it.

Due to scheduling constraints with Matt, the decision was made to bring in MarkyZ on bass to cover the live shows. MarkyZ transitioned into our current and long lasting bassist. Shortly after a few drummer hiccups and a number of drummer changes, we finally landed our current drummer, Vinny Corrado.

Band members:

Vocals - Danny Knight
Lead Guitar - Christopher Graziola
Rythem Guitar - Michael Ellis
Bass - MarkyZ
Drums - Vinny Corrado

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Danny: Hahaha, this is a good one. ​You must know what a tough road bands travel down in order to ask this question? It’s always difficult for bands to find that “right name”. Well, Crown of Earth started out as Megalon. You know the creature that fights Godzilla? Well, I contacted the Japanese company who owns the rights to “Megalon” and they 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 went to the local library and came across a children's series of books, so I brought my list of suggestions to the guys at rehearsal and Mike Ellis noticed Crown of Earth on my list and really loved it. He said it reminded him of Black Sabbath’s original name “Earth”. I did the typical domain name search and to me, if any was available, at that point, I would have selected any name. Everything just fell into place and low and behold, it was available and here we are. So for me, the main reason the name fit us is because it had an available .com that we could use. Hahaha Check us out at

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Danny: CROWN OF EARTH was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We established a pretty good fan base and I really feel that we are on solid ground here. I think our name is well known on the local level and surrounding regions. Yes, there are many bands that I can recommend but it would take all day… a few to mention off the top would be: Eyes of the Living, Apex Predator, New Breed of Villan, Traverse the Abyss, Mach 22, Infernal Opera, there are so many more around here, it’s just too many to list. Maybe you could go on our COE ​Facebook Page​ and see who is “liked” and pick some out from there? Go ahead and have a field day!

4. How would you describe your style?

Danny: Basically we’re all on the same page when it comes to our musical influences. They pretty much stem from all the hard hitting, timeless artist in Rock and Metal history. A lot of the influence comes from the (NWOBHM) movement in the 80’s. However, our drummer Vinny Corrado has a more modern metal musical influence brought to us by bands such as: The Black Dahlia Murder, Killswitch Engage, Death, Within The Ruins. He’s fairly diversified on the metal scene.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

Danny: Our debut CD was released and has been well received. However, we are currently recording new songs for our next album. We will be releasing a new song around the end of June called “Deth Becomes You” ...yes, it's spelled correctly. Please find our current album at this link here… ​​. Also go search iTunes ​, ​CDBaby​, and ​Amazon​. If you like melodic vocals, major guitar riffage, plenty of guitar solo’s, heavy bass lines with melody, and pounding drums, then I think it’s safe to say that you might enjoy our music, too.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Danny: As I stated above, we will be releasing a new song at the end of June. It will be in rotation on D.J. Titan’s show on ​​ as part of a competition of “Indie Label Bands” versus “Major Label Bands.” Please check out that station for more details regarding Rob Halfords Team Malice vs. Crown of Earth’s Team Pile Driver. Support and Vote for the Indies please!!!!

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Danny: Please keep an eye on our ​website ​and our ​Facebook page​ for gigs around the area. We always have a show somewhere and I’m really looking forward to a show with my friends in the legendary, Detroit Heavy Metal Horror Show - ​Halloween​! We’ll be heading there as direct support for them at ​Harpo’s Concert Theatre​ on Saturday, October 27th for the best Halloween party ever!

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Danny: We’ve discussed this very question many times at band rehearsal. I think the answer is that we plan on sitting around for the next 8 years and eat an unbelievable amount of Cheetos and drink Yoohoo’s (which tastes horrible by the way, no offense) and pretty much, watch the years pass us by. Well, ya know... on second thought, if anyone out there is “loaded” and has the urge to see their name on the back cover of our next album, in the credits section as “executive producer”. Please feel free to contact us at: ​​. I’d be glad to make it happen, thank you very much!

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Danny: As I mentioned above, please visit our official online presence at:​ or follow our band on ​Facebook ​for the latest info regarding the band.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Danny: I would love for our music fans to remember that nothing is more important than to go out and support local musicians who perform their music, live. They bust their hump all day long at a regular job just to try and get a few moments of happiness by seeing your face in the crowd. Let’s try and make the band happier, and the crowd bigger these days by going out to see a live band. It’s good for the soul. Thank you!

Once again….

Contact Crown of Earth via Email: ​

Cool links:
Harpo’s Concert Theatre

Follow D.J. Titan at: ​

P.S. Check out ​Seven Spires as they have Joined Crown of Earth And Team Piledriver
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