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Review: Crystal Viper - The Last Axeman
Crystal Viper
The Last Axeman

Label: Listenable Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 36:55
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal


Review online: March 25, 2022
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

If you know and love Crystal Viper's heavy/power metal the way I do, this one is going to be a no-brainer. The Last Axeman is a product of the pandemic and as such doesn't contain a ton of new material; a rerecording of "The Last Axeman" from their second release, a new song ("In the Haunted Chapel"), covers of Aria's "Ulitsa Roz" and Diamond Head's "It's Electric," and four songs from their last album, The Cult, rerecorded live in the studio. Personally, I can listen to Marta Gabriel all day and they picked some of the best songs from The Cult ("The Cult," "Flaring Madness") to put on this album so, for me, The Last Axeman goes down smoothly despite the lack of original songs. The covers are cool and "The Last Axeman" sounds great in this updated form. This is really one for the fans of the band and, if you are just getting into Crystal Viper, it is fine to start here but you'll want to grab other albums like The Cult, Legends, and their debut, too.

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