Crystal Viper
Crimen Excepta
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 27 April, 2012
Playing time: 51:35

Yes, yes, we've seen and heard it before. Witch hunts, crying children, rattling chains, fires burning, persecution of women and all that. The same can be said of the music delivered by the popular Polish outfit fronted by the lovely Marta Gabriel; it's all tried and tested and has been so since circa 1980.

However, if you're in love with the genre or even just enjoy the occasional old school heavy metal trip like yours truly, Crystal Viper is definitely worth a listen. Iron Maiden, Priest, early Helloween, you get it all, served as a concept about the (un)holy Inquisition.

The riffs, as I said, we've heard before, but, damn, they work and worm their way into your ears. Marta's voice places her somewhere between heavy metal and power metal, and she does an excellent job.

For those who need an old-school fix done with conviction and heavy metal power. And for those who'd be curious to hear what it sounds like when Crystal Viper does a Vader cover (with Piotr from Vader doing guest vocal) - nice one!

The one song that should convince you: Child of the Flame.

01. Witch’s Mark
02. Child Of The Flame
03. It’s Your Omen
04. Crimen Excepta
05. Medicus Animarum
06. The Spell Of Death
07. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
08. Fire Be My Gates
09. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader cover)
10. Ghosts of Sherwood
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 13 May, 2012