Crimfall - As the Path Unfolds (2009)

After their self released Burning Winds demo, I was anxiously expecting their full length album. This band formed in 2007, and they got a deal right after their previously mentioned demo and there is big reason why, their music is a perfectly constructed blend of symphonic, viking, folk and progressive metal.

The band members come from different bands in the musical scene and have an ample background in making music over the years. No wonder Napalm Records snatched them so quickly and gave them a recording contract.

All tracks in this album have the perfect balance of aggressiveness and melody, blended with ambient sounds to give more realism to their lyrics. The use of accordion, cello, violin and choirs really brings the listeners the experience of a medieval setting that perfectly matches the bands concept. However this release is not like many folk/Viking metal releases that gets repetitive after a few songs, each song in this album is very well crafted to not bore the listener and keep him wanting for more. For this recording the band used the help of musicians from Fintroll/Moonsorrow on bass, and Hanging Garden on drums.

This is one of the few albums released this year that had me listening to it over and over. I can fully recommend this album to listeners of all the genres they combine, since they will find Crimfall’s sound very fresh and dynamic.

Band: Crimfall Album: As the Path Unfolds
Label: Napalm Records Year: 2009
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Genre: Symphonic Metal

Country: Finland

Rating: 90/100

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