Crypt Sermon – Out of the Garden

While it does not closely mimic epic doom greats like Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus (besides the vocals), it does not supersede them either.

Straight from the birthplace of the U.S.A., Philadelphian epic doom metal group Crypt Sermon recently released their debut album, Out of the Garden on Dark Descent Records. Right off the bat, they wear both Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus on their sleeves, with the album cover evoking the Romantic era painting of Candlemass’ Ancient Dreams and vocalist Brooks Wilson sounding a lot like Rob Lowe of both bands. But is Crypt Sermon a mere copycat or do they have their own identity?

“Temple Doors” begins the record and sets the mood with instrumentation of antiquity: choirs, strings, and woodwinds, which then segues into what we know as doom metal. When Brooks Wilson’s voice sets in, Lowe’s work on the last three Candlemass albums comes to mind. He is operatic with some roughness. The riffs are good old epic doom metal, but lack the punch of the genre’s best. They don’t pull me in as much. The next track, “Heavy Riders” takes a turn with clear Dio influence. The vocal melodies, guitar work, and even the lyrics are straight out of a song by Ronnie. Swords & Sorcery and relic tales are told throughout.

“Byzantium” follows and has an opening riff that works as dark fanfare, harmonized by keyboards. This number has the strongest melodies and contains a large-scale aura. “Will of the Ancient Call,” continues the record, but it loses a bit of steam. It sounds more or less like the other tracks and doesn’t do anything new. “Into the Holy of Holies” has an intro similar to the start of the record and kicks it back into gear. It is the longest song on the release and features some variety in its songwriting and proves to be the most complex of the track list. It also creates a large-scale feeling.

With “The Master Bouquet,” the band goes for a different angle. Brooks Wilson utilizes a cleaner, more operatic vocal style and tells a story of a servant taking revenge on his master. It is the most interesting number on the album and features some catchy riffs and melodies. The record finishes with the title track. It’s not a bad song, but by the time it plays, it feels more of the same and unnecessary.

Out of the Garden is not a bad debut. “Byzantium” and “The Master Bouquet” are standout tracks to me but there are also highlights here and there throughout the record. While it does not closely mimic epic doom greats like Candlemass or Solitude Aeturnus (besides the vocals), it does not supersede them either. Not to knock them too much, but their riffs and melodies do not have the same resonance as the classics. Still, they have some compositions that doom heads will love.

Crypt Sermon - Out of the Garden

Track listing:
1. Temple Doors
2. Heavy Riders
3. Byzantium
4. Will of the Ancient Call
5. Into the Holy of Holies
6. The Master Bouquet
7. Out of the Garden

Crypt Sermon are:
Brooks Wilson – Vocals
James Lipczynski – Guitar
Steve Jansson – Guitar
Will Melor – Bass
EES – Drums


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Spencer Maxwell is a filmmaker and devoted metalhead. His favorite genres are heavy and doom metal, with his top bands being Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Candlemass, Pentagram, and Saint Vitus.

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