Possession is the latest release from Warsaw, Poland based Metal band Crystal Viper. For me, this album to me told a bone-chilling story through meticulous riffs and melody of an inner struggle within the title character “Julia”.
She is struggling to fight off the demons that are trying to take her soul. The opening track “Zeta Reticuli” Is the opening track, Lead Singer Marta Gabriel shows off her vocals prowess, accompanied by ambient dark, yet soothing piano and organ.
The listener is then then instantly catapulted into the high intensity, up-tempo track “Voices in my Head” which I could describe as a mixture of Lacuna Coil and Iron Maiden. There is a certain flow to this album that really drew me in and leaves me wanting more. “Julia is Possessed”, “Voices in My Head” and “We are Many” are songs that really had me out of my comfort zone when listening to them. The mixture of haunting tones and melodies created by “Singer name” with the sinister riffs and chords by Marta Gabriel and Andy Wave gave me a dark and eerie feeling deep to my core.
There is a great contrast in tracks “Fight Evil with Evil” and “Prophet of the End”. Which paint a different picture of retribution, revolution of humanity and fending off the evil spirits trying to infect our souls. “You will listen” was my favorite track on the album, it has that pure old-school metal sound. The vocals are just mind-blowing and she really shows off her range in this song. The song has a heavy groove and a catchy riff that got stuck in my head after only 3 times of listening through the album. Whether low growls or long-sustained highs that Iron Maiden themselves would marvel at this track features something for every metal fan that will leave the masses cheering and banging their heads along. This album is so much more than just music. It’s a musical journey that takes the listener to the depths of hell and back. If you like diverse metal that tells a story and meshes many genres into one amazing album then I highly recommend this album. I give it an insane 7.5 out of 10 horns \m/
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