Genre: Heavy Metal
Label: Karthago Records
Fans of rifftastic traditional metal, stop reading right now and buy a copy of this beast! This album is packed with to the breaking point with awesome riffs and catchy choruses that will have your head flailing from start to finish. Vocalist Marta Gabriel belts forth Crystal Viper's metal anthems in an awesome gritty tenor, and riffmaster Andy Wave cranks out riff after hook after riff, and the solos are absolutely spot on. They wear their influences on their sleeves, and due to their appearances on tribute albums to Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, and Angel Witch, it doesn't take a lot of sleuthing to gather what Crystal Viper are all about. The most common complaint with this album is that the choruses get repeated a bit too often, but you know what? They're so awesome and catchy that I really don't care. There is nothing "progressive" or "innovative" about this band (I, for one, am not complaining whatsoever), so grab your denim vests and leather jackets, people - this is Metal with a capital 'M' done the right way with riffs and attitude to spare. From the second it was released, The Curse of Crystal Viper was a classic. Mandatory.
For fans of Running Wild, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, and Omen.