|Review: Crypt Sermon - The Ruins of Fading Light|
|The Ruins of Fading Light|
Label: Dark Descent Records
Year released: 2019
Review online: August 10, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
for:The Ruins of Fading Light
Crypt Sermon is an epic doom band and The Ruins of Fading Light is their second full-length. I didn't hear the debut and that is rapidly becoming an oversight I should probably address. The Ruins of Fading Light uses echo-soaked vocals and huge, booming riffs to create vast expanses of atmosphere in which anthems like "The Ninth Templar (Black Candle Flame)" and "Christ is Dead" gallop across ancient landscapes. It's a formula begun decades ago by bands like Omen and Savatage and refined more recently by the likes of Atlantean Kodex. The songwriting is solid but somewhat less engaging than the aforementioned groups, mainly in that some of the choruses are overly repetitive. That's a small issue in the grand scheme of things, so if you like epic metal even a little, you'll be sorry if you pass on The Ruins of Fading Light.
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