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Crimfall: As The Path Unfolds

Crimfall : As The Path Unfolds

Symphonic/Gothic/Folk Metal
Rating: 3.0/5.0

Even though they mix in death metal and folk influences, Crimfall is basically another in the ever-growing line of symphonic Goth metal bands with a theatrical twist. Their new album, 'As The Path Unfolds,' is comparable to early-Nightwish, After Forever, Myriads, and even more recent bands like Forever Slave. If you're a fan of those and/or similar bands, I highly recommend checking out Crimfall. They are a talented group and their CD's feature above-average musicianship and meaningful compositions. This latest effort is no exception.

My problem here, or reason for not scoring 'As The Path Unfolds' higher than a 3-out-of-5, has more to do with the whole Sym/Goth genre than with Crimfall themselves. I think Crimfall has achieved the exact sound they were looking for; but to these ears this style just throws together too many elements that just don't sound that great together. I really don't care for operatic vocals in any kind of music. But combine that with death vocals, violins, orchestral-sounding keyboards, etc. and they are accentuated even more.

If you're really into symphonic Gothic metal or symphonic death metal then Crimfall's 'As The Path Unfolds' would certainly make a for a good purchase. If not, there probably isn't enough originality on this CD to separate them from the rest of the genre.

In Short

If you're really into symphonic Gothic metal or symphonic death metal then Crimfall's 'As The Path Unfolds' would certainly make a for a good purchase. If not, there probably isn't enough originality on this CD to separate them from the rest of the genre.

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