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Artist: Briar

Title: Crown of Thorns

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Briar Crown of Thorns Album Cover


Category: Melodic Metal

Year: 1988

Label: Columbia

Catalog Number: BFC 44212


Kevin Griffiths lead vocals, bass
Dean Cook drums
Dave Fletcher guitar, background vocals
Darren Underwood guitars, background vocals


1.  Crown Of Thorns  5:00
2.  Frankie  2:56
3.  Just Another Day in the Life of a Fool  4:15
4.  Back and Wild  4:16
5.  La Bamba  2:53
6.  One Foot Back in Your Door  3:45
7.  Spirit of the Wood  4:00
8.  The Boys Are Back in Town  4:21
9.  Empty Words  3:33
10.  Everyone's Going Crazy  3:58
11.  Fart  0:02
Total Running Time:  38:59

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Rene Date: April 23, 2003 at 20:50
BRIAR already started back in 1981. They where all under 18 and they released a single back in 1983 (RAINBOW TO THE SKIES) and they sounded like early DEF LEPPARD or BRONZ. A tipical melodic NWOBHM sound. CROWN OF THORNS is very good but i think TOO YOUNG from 1985 is better. If you are a DEF LEPPARD fan look for TOO YOUNG on lp or CROWN OF THORNS. The band split up back in 1993 after many singles and maxi-singles. GREAT BAND THAT NEVER WENT ANYWHERE, SHAME.

From: Geoff Date: June 14, 2004 at 21:03
These guys are actually really quite good. Check out some orignal ideas on hard rock tunes, done really quite well indeed. Good stuff. I guess if I had to compare them to anyone, it's a stretch but it'd probably be slight hints of Fate every now and then. I like it.

From: jessica96fish Date: July 25, 2004 at 12:24
saw these lot backing up stryper.in 87.at hammersmith odean.can't say they were that good .ok for a support band.wouldn't pay over the odds for this.

From: Geoff Date: March 14, 2005 at 21:59
Just to add to my above comment on this disc, 'Spirit of the wood' is one hell of a melodic hard rock track...

From: Date: April 29, 2005 at 16:52
i have their album from 1986 called "TOO YOUNG", would be great to see it on this board. i'll get a scanner and soon will be available.

From: zld Date: May 4, 2005 at 6:25
Highly overrated, very average british rock and it contains the most lame covers i have ever heard: Frankie and La Bamba. What the f*** were they thinking? Nothing special.5/10

From: darobinson Date: May 3, 2007 at 18:18
Just received this CD today. Paid big bucks for it because I heard it was good. This music sucks!!! Why people think it sounds even close to Monro is a shame. The self titled Monro CD is fantastic. I guess that is why they say buyer beware on ebay. My bad..

From: YNGWIEVIKING Date: September 23, 2007 at 13:13
AVERAGE CD SOME COOL SONGS BUT SOME CRAP TOO ESPECIALLY THE COVERS 57/100 very hard too find so very expensive , keep your money for something else !

From: darobinson Date: February 3, 2008 at 12:57
Decided to give this another listen. The first time I listened it was WOW this sucks!!! The second time I listened is was WOW this really sucks!!! Do not spend your cash on this. This is no good.

From: z4roxx Date: June 25, 2009 at 13:44
First 2 songs are excellent,the rest is very average.The "La bamba" cover is ridiculous!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: November 11, 2010 at 13:56
Despite some bad comments about this act i quite liked them...the songs are simple ones but acceptables...the worst in here,"La Bamba" simply horrible and bad sung(spanish wasn't used here correctly)..."Frankie","Just Another Day In The Life Of A Fool","Back & Wild"(AORish),"The Boys Are Back In Town"(decent cover,forget "La Bamba" ) & "Everyone's Going Crazy" are the highlights of the album at least 4 me...normal stuff,do not rush to have it!.80/100

From: jstoyz Date: December 18, 2010 at 3:43
I don't have too much to add to the commentary about this release except that "Crown Of Thorns" and "Spirit Of The Wood" are fantastic, catchy, melodic hard rock songs...BUT, what I REALLY wanna say is their NEXT album- also recorded in 1988 and then distributed in very small #s on cassette only- titled "Reach Out," truly contains this band's best work, by far, IMHO. The guitars are turned up and are nice and crunchy with BIG hooks, there's a cool party rock vibe theme throughout, and the choruses (together w/harmony vox.) are MUCH more powerful than on any of their previous material. You're almost left wondering if you're listening to the same band that recorded COT. I really believe that if "Reach Out" had received big label production and marketing back in '88, these guys could've taken off..... The band just recently remastered and reissued their second album, "Take On The World (1986/2010)" (see their MySpace)so maybe they'll decide to re-work "Reach Out" too. I'm hoping so.

From: hair metal again Date: January 9, 2018 at 2:34
excellent hard rock music for BRIAR with plenty of hooks and fine melodic lines all over!guitar driven without being too raw and warm vocals create a fine hard rocking vibe and will satisfy every hard rocker!"spirit of the wood","back and wild","empty words","everyone s going crazy' are great songs indeed!great band that BRIAR

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