Krypteria – My Fatal Kiss

February 21, 2012 in Reviews by blackwindmetal

My Fatal Kiss

Released in 2009, this is the 5th studio album by the German gothic metal band Krypteria. I’ll start off with my first thoughts of this album; it’s solid, strong, but nothing extraordinary. It doesn’t get much more than a few spins before it starts gathering dust on a shelf. The lyrics are typical for the genre – but with a few twists. For instance, a few lines in “For You I’ll Bring The Devil Down” never fail to make me laugh; ”By the way, speaking of overused/Here’s a line that I think has long been due/Baby I love you and I’d do anything for you”. This isn’t the only one, but instead of going for the regular poetic, vague emotional stuff they make it more down-to-earth and easier to relate to (well, if you’re in a very depressed mood, that is). However, I can’t help but wonder if they were inspired by the big R&B hits…

The main focus of this album’s lyricism is relationships – and it’s not hard to relate in one way or another. The songs are undeniably catchy, but it seems as though this is the main goal for the album. The drum lines are also following the same line – they aren’t very special, but they work almost too well. This, combined with the well-timed guitar work, creates an atmosphere that could have been made by the top bands of the genre – with a few twists. But, alas, it’s lacking some of the synth use I’d expect from a gothic band. Luckily, this doesn’t make it sound boring. Still, there are very clear symphonic elements here, and a great part of that is the use of choirs. There aren’t long breaks in which the music is monotonous, but the combination of all their different styles does get monotonous after a while.

The singer’s voice is good, but far from the best. It’s different from what we usually hear, but that’s about it. Her style is nasally, and it reminds me of Amy Lee. Her singing doesn’t sound forced, luckily, but she’s among the very few who can sing like this without putting an obvious strain on her voice.

If you enjoy gothic metal, I would recommend this as a sort of background music. Their songs are good and well written, but half-way through the album I feel as if I’ve heard it all already. It is good, that cannot be denied, but far from the best.

Tora’s rating: 3.25 out of 5