Crypt Sermon
The Ruins of Fading Light


4.5
superb

Review

by PsychicChris USER (345 Reviews)
September 13th, 2019 | 58 replies


Release Date: 09/13/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taking epic doom to even loftier heights

As if 2015’s Out of the Garden wasn’t enough of an epic doom showing, Crypt Sermon’s second album The Ruins of Fading Light takes their style to even loftier heights. The songs run longer, and a number of short interludes have been included to spruce up the runtime, but the arrangements themselves are more grandiose than before. There’s still a sense of danger but there is a competing aura of triumph in the extensive choral/orchestral fanfare heard throughout. Candlemass continues to be the band’s most prominent reference point, particularly the transition from their dungeon crawling debut to the more majestic Nightfall.

An emphasis on longer songs would suggest more time spent in slow doldrums, but The Ruins of Fading Light ends up being more energetic than its predecessor. The tempo shifts on songs like “Christ is Dead” and “The Snake Handler” are considerably more confident than those on Out of the Garden while the more speed-oriented tracks like “The Ninth Templar (Black Candle Flame)” are executed with a mix of comfort and conviction. I imagine some classic metal influences creeping in, but it never loses that special doom flavor.

The musicianship also benefits greatly from this energy boost. The vocals, in particular, show massive improvement, standing more confidently in the mix and throwing off a broader range of snarls and wails. The guitars benefit from the lively production as well, balancing out the melodic riffs with an aggressive tone, and the drums provide an active pulse and occasional double bass dabbling on even the slowest dirges. The extra effects also do a good job of shaping an almost conceptual tone, filling out the sound without getting too superfluous.

Above all, the songwriting is phenomenal. Whether aiming for straightforward riff exercises or more elaborate structuring, each track manages to offer memorable melodies and a distinct mood. This is perhaps best demonstrated with the one-two punch of “The Ninth Templar” and “Key of Solomon;” both tracks are among the album’s most accessible, but each makes a different impression as the former is marked by aggressive riffs and drumming while the latter has a slower payoff. The album is admittedly a little frontloaded, but nothing wears out its welcome.

At the risk of hyperbole, The Ruins of Fading Light is proof that Crypt Sermon just might be the best epic doom metal band currently going. The heightened energy puts it leagues above their already great debut and the masterful songwriting is enough to secure it in the upper echelon of the genre. The quality is well worth the four-year wait and I hope the band will be able to take advantage of the inevitable momentum. It isn’t flawless but it’ll take an act of the gods to craft a better doom album in 2019.

Highlights:
“The Ninth Templar (Black Candle Flame)”
“Key of Solomon”
“Christ is Dead”
“The Snake Handler”
“The Ruins of Fading Light”

Originally published at http://indymetalvault.com



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2019


12948 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"It isn’t flawless but it’ll take an act of the gods to craft a better doom album in 2019"



What an irksome sentence.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
September 13th 2019


27112 Comments


why?

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kris.
September 13th 2019


15505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

been really excited to hear this

kris.
September 13th 2019


15505 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hmm ya okay this rips

rockandmetaljunkie
September 14th 2019


9348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might be even better than their debut

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2019


12948 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"why?"



context, not the structure.

rockandmetaljunkie
September 14th 2019


9348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.decibelmagazine.com/2019/09/03/full-album-stream-crypt-sermon-the-ruins-of-fading-light/



album stream

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 14th 2019


60988 Comments


I'm ready bro

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rockandmetaljunkie
September 14th 2019


9348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no you're not

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 14th 2019


60988 Comments


*changes shirt*

Lord(e)Po)))ts
September 14th 2019


60988 Comments


Sorry I forgot I was wearing lady gaga

rockandmetaljunkie
September 14th 2019


9348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

IN THE SHAAAAAAALLLLLLOOOOOOSSSS

Lichtbringer
September 14th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After one spin this seems borderline amazing...

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 14th 2019


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've heard good things about these guys, I have to check

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Azog
September 14th 2019


362 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I imagine some classic metal influences creeping in, but it never loses that special doom flavor."



If only. This is epic heavy metal for the most part, with hardly any doom influence at all. Nothing wrong with that, but I just have to say that I enjoyed Out of the Garden quite a lot more.



"It isn’t flawless but it’ll take an act of the gods to craft a better doom album in 2019."



Your wish is granted:



9/20 Monolord

10/21 Profetus

11/8 Esoteric

rockandmetaljunkie
September 15th 2019


9348 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ahhh, these bands represent different styles of doom it's not even fair to compare. Especially funeral doom with classic doom.

TheNotrap
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2019


15154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Opener rocks

Lichtbringer
September 21st 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Might dethrone King Gizzard for my AOtY. So so good.

Lichtbringer
September 27th 2019


440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

beneath the torchfire glaaaaaaare

DDDeftoneDDD
September 29th 2019


14066 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I kinda wanna check this

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