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CRYPTIC TALES
VII DOGMATA OF MERCY
EMPIRE

Polish quintet Cryptic Tales latest album is 13 years in the making, making this veteran outfit’s latest seven-track VII DOGMATA OF MERCY the extreme metal version of CHINESE DEMOCRACY...minus the dramatics apparently. This troupe’s symphonic black metal styling contains punchy melodies (“Set the Unholy Icons Free”) and robust guitars (“Valley of the Dolls II”) that stays in step with Old Man’s Child and Cradle of Filth, yet with drums way high in the mix throughout the disc’s course, it’s hard to ascertain a continuous sense of atmosphere while constant pounding is abound. Nonetheless, Cryptic Tales follow blueprints while making artistic additions well enough to pull off a sturdy long awaited follow-up laden with a bevy of the necessary nefarious instrumental ingredients interspersed with an oddball sense of humor (just check out their cheeky promo pictures as an indication of this) that should garnish this band attention from the corpsepainted contingent.
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- Mike SOS