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Crimen Excepta

Crimen Excepta by Crystal Viper
Released: Apr 2012
Label: Afm Records
This uncordial Polish power-metal aims for an evil associated with more extreme subgenres. Frontwoman Marta Gabriel has piercingly powerful pipes and a penchant for declaimed operatics, but all the melody comes from the Lizzy-to-Maiden interplay of her and Andy Wave's guitars. Those parts happen often, but as randomly as everything else; even galloping blitzkriegs like "It's Your Omen" get lost in the clutter. The band also has a thing for fascist-rally gang yells and gimmicky intros (rattling chains, babies on fire.) But only the paganistic first and last tracks feel much like coherent songs.
CHUCK EDDY

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