Crimson Cult
Tales of Doom
Style: Heavy Doomy Metal
Release date: 23 March, 2012
Playing time: 57:24

Crimson Cult is an Austrian band that has existed partly for several years under the names Stygma IV/Stigmata/Big Heat. Three years ago their debut was launched and I was very enthusiastic about that album. At that time I was very impressed by the combination of good vocals, doomy Black Sabbath sounding riffs in Judas Priest tempos.

I had high expectations for this their second album. Can they impress me once again and top their debut? They didn't change their style a lot, but one thing strikes me and that is the excellent guitar solos. Besides that the riffs are again very effective and the vocals of Walter Stüfer are of great quality.

After the first spin I was a little disappointed, but after listening to this record a few times more, I have to admit that it has at least the same musical quality as their debut. Sometimes the tempo is turned up, but on several songs they slow it down a bit too. "Choshinja" for example is a kind of doomy sounding ballad in which Walter's at times somewhat dramatic vocals shines. The longest track "The Long Way Home" has a kind of Pink Floyd sounding part and "Warrior Son" sounds like a heavy Dio track. The album ends with "The Inquisition", one of the better instrumental tracks I have listened to lately, what a beautiful guitar solos.

Everyone into dark and doomy sounding (power) metal has to listen at least once to this musical combination of Sabbath, Dio, Savatage and Judas Priest.


01. State of Fear
02. Behind the Curtain
03. Institution of Christ
04. Choshinja
05. The Long Way Home
06. Warrior Son
07. On the Edge
08. Second Life
09. Crimson Empire
10. The Inquisition

Label: Pure Legend Records
Distribution: Pure Steel Records
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 14 March, 2012