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Crystal Viper: Tales Of Fire And Ice
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Crystal Viper: Tales Of Fire And Ice

Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

After dropping the short EP, At The Edge Of Time, last summer, Krakow's Crystal Viper returns with their seventh studio album, Tales Of Fire And Ice. Perhaps a subtle nod to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice And Fire epic fantasy tale? Not so much.

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Once more you can expect Crystal Viper's traditional melodic heavy metal, with vocalist Marta Gabriel's voice and guitar at the forefront. But you might also find that the band will also add in some power metal speed and hard rock groove across many arrangements. You'll certainly hear this musical mixture within Still Alive, Neverending Fire, and Crystal Sphere. With Under Ice, Crystal Viper brews up a nice mix of tempos, steady to fast, over a deliberate rock groove. Alternatively, One Question roars from the gate with rabid drumming and thick riffs for speed metal, and it never slows down. Crystal Viper drops an anthemic metal ballad with Tears Of Arizona, featuring Gabriel's voice over drums, synths, lighter guitar, and a lingering piano line, before rising to dense riffs and a guitar solo. Like most other Crystal Viper long players, the album includes a cover song as a CD bonus track. This time it's Dokken's Dream Warriors, and their interpretation closely follows the original. Nothing new there. In summary, with Tales Of Fire And Ice, Crystal Viper strays little from the genre path, offering another entertaining album of traditional melodic heavy metal. Recommended.


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With Tales Of Fire And Ice, Crystal Viper strays little from the genre path, offering another entertaining album of traditional melodic heavy metal. Recommended.

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