Crimson Glory was formed in Sarasota, Florida in 1982 under the moniker 'Beowulf' and developed their sound for almost four years before recording their self-titled debut album on Par Records in 1986.
In an era of sound-and-lookalike metal bands, Crimson Glory's goal was to be immediately identifiable from the others, so they wore full-face metallic silver masks on-stage, as well as for all photo shoots and public appearances. Vocalist Midnight was the exception to this, as his mask left his mouth uncovered.
Their sophomore release 'Transcendence' was a landmark in the genre and it garnered them much-deserved praise and attention.
Singer Midnight died of a stomach aneurysm at 3:30am on July 8th 2009. In memory of their fallen friend and bandmate, Midnight, the band played a tribute show, headlining 2009's ProgPower in Atlanta, Georgia. The show featured many special guest vocalists, including a then-unknown Todd La Torre, who had no previous knowledge of the group, nor of Midnight.
Thanks to the prompting of Jon Oliva's Pain guitarist, Matt LaPorte, and the band needing a vocalist for rehearsals when Wade Black was unable to attend, Todd La Torre found himself learning the material in his car driving to rehearsal and singing well enough to make an impression on the band. He was a last-minute addition to the roster of guest vocalists at ProgPower X.
In April 2010, the band formally announced Todd La Torre as their new singer.
La Torre made his first public appearance as a full-time member of Crimson Glory at the Pathfinder Metal Fest in Marietta, Georgia on October 30th 2010.
Crimson Glory play the Camden Underworld this Sunday 17th July 2011.