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Crimson Tower – Aeternal Abyss

Crimson Tower
Aeternal Abyss
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 04 May 2022, 6:45 AM

From their Bandcamp page, the dungeon seems a bit darker under the shadow of CRIMSON TOWER – A Doom Metal trio hailing from São Paulo, Brazil. Getting their start in 2018, the band quickly found their sordid style, but after a handful of demos they took up the new mantle of CRIMSON TOWER. Drawing inspiration from both old-school Doom and Classic Heavy Metal the three-piece has created a dusky treasure in their first full-length release. This is powerful, epic metal buried under a thick layer of dust and left to rot in the crypt. The album contains six tracks.

“Eternal Abyss” opens the album. A heavy riff combines with semi-harsh vocals. The production is a bit muted, as the vocals contains heavy doses of reverb. The drums have a constant presence, with more cymbal crashes than you can count. “Sacrificial Witch” brings more of the same to the table. The riff is slightly faster and the production makes it so that you can hear the amateur quality of the music more. The guitar solo is uninspired as well. “Witching Me” is an eight-minute opus. It sounds very similar to the previous three tracks, and I can see where the album is headed…into obscurity.

“She’s Dying Away from Me” is the first song with a little variation, opening with clean guitars that are just a quarter step out of tune. The vocals aren’t much better. Intonation runs heavy in the song, and the vocals don’t connect well with the music. “Cadelabrum” is another uninspired tune with a simple riff and bass work, combined with a drummer who might have fallen asleep during his lessons. “World War III” closes the album. Eerie tones open the song until the sound of a bomb drops. From there, the landscape is about as predictable as one can imagine. This isn’t very inventive music at all. It’s tired, depressing, and unimaginative. You can safely skip this album, as it really doesn’t offer much to the genre.

Songwriting: 4
Musicianship: 4
Memorability: 3
Production: 5

2 Star Rating

1. Eternal Abyss
2. Sacrificial Witch
3. Witching Me
4. She's Dying Away from Me
5. Candelabrum
6. World War III
Cocytus – Bass/Vocals
Acheron – Drums
Stygis – Guitar/Vocals
Record Label: Morbid and Miserable Records


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