Cryptic Wintermoon

Rating: 69/100

Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen, March '05
Label: Massacre Records
Style: Melodic Death Metal

Of Shadows ... And The Dark Things You Fear

Although this German band has one of the coolest names in metaldom (heeeeavy, jawohl!), Cryptic Wintermoon's second offering doesn't exactly leave a mark in the sand. You can't say that they do anything wrong here, the production is fine, the platter is by no means bad - it just doesn't break new ground and there is nothing surprising here. There are screams, speed and harmonies in abundance, but it's all been done better by Dimmu Borgir since the release of "Enthrone Darkness Triumphant".

I've listened to this CD seven times now, and I still fail to remember any of the tunes. To me, that's not REAL quality. It's simply not catchy enough (for lack of better word).

Recommended tracks: "Bonegrinder 1916" and "Heavy Armed Assault"