Cryptic Wintermoon - A Coming Storm

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Cryptic Wintermoon-A Coming Storm When Cryptic Wintermoon's debut was released a couple of years ago they were practically immediately hailed as one of Germany's biggest promises in the black metal scene. After the release though, it all remained silent for quite a while and no doubt many would start to question the future of the band.

"A Coming Storm" manages to break that long quiet period and silence anyone who might have possibly been sceptic. The long wait in-between the two records has obviously been spend well because everything improved and matured a lot. Musically it's still melodic and orchestral black metal, but with enough variety and with a healthy dose of aggression added to keep things interesting until the end. One moment for example you might be listening to an up-tempo basher like "Dark Crusade" or "The Righteous Slayer", the next a moody and atmospheric instrumental like "Nocturnal Whispers" comes along. Or what to think about a song like the titletrack, "A Coming Storm" , which you can safely describe as a black metal ballad. (a beautiful song btw, which can easily be compared to Agathodaimon's "Tristetea Vehementa"). On top of all this there's also a rather unusual but good cover of Judas Priest's "Nightcrawler". The CD manages to convince in all area's, be it the excellent production or the musical capabilities of the band-members themselves, everything is of excellent quality.

A more than decent second album thus, which surpasses the debut on all points and certainly fills in the expectations everyone had after "The Age Of Cataclysm". Now let's only hope it won't take another four year for the follow-up to arrive.

Lords of Metal.NL

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Label: Massacre | Item Code: MASS 0372 | Country: Germany | Year: 2004 | Genre: Black Metal

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