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Crypt of the Wizard Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Earache
  • ASIN: B000G5SILW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,839,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Well Mortiis described this as Dungeon Music and it really actually does! If I could choose I would give this a 3.5 star rating, as this album is good, but has many flaws.

This album will be liked with ambient/darkwave fans... This album is recorded completely using a keyboard, so it is good, in that respect.

But tracks can tend to get slightly boring... And some you see are filler tracks! Though there a few good songs, some even with the song name fitting in with the theme. These songs are very interesting and proggressive.

BUY this if you like Burzum latter works or you like ambient/darkwave. This is a GOOD album, though with flaws.
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For this review I am going to refrain from mentioning Mortiis' appearance (which, in my opinion, is not significantly more ridiculous than the excesses of the likes of Marilyn Manson), and focus on the music itself, a masterpiece of atmospheric dark ambience.
This album is on the surface a total departure from the music of his former bandmates Emperor, who credit him as the instigator of their groundbreaking use of eerily beautiful keyboard melodies to darken their already black sound - gone are the guitars, blastbeats, and shrieked vocals; Satanic/blasphemic content has been replaced with fantastical, Tolkien inspired imagery, as the title suggests. However, despite the apparent gulf, both have a cold, majestic atmosphere that few other bands can match. Listening to this album brings up images of stumbling upon a huge, abandoned castle in some ancient forest; it is Gothic in the original sense, barbaric, feudal, medieval. The influence of sound track artists such as Basil Poledouris (Conan the Barbarian) can be heard, as well as classical and folk music (another parallel with Emperor).
The only instruments used are synths, and a few muffled spoken word samples here and there. The relatively poor sound quality can be excused by the low budget (I can only dream of what this would sound like with an entire orchestra), and does not detract from the music when you listen to the album in one sitting. When you consider that, before he started his solo project, Mortiis had no experience with either keyboards or programming, it makes his music even more remarkable.
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Appalling drivel. It's nothing like Smell of Rain mores the pity. It consists of music only and not very good music sadly. If Icould give a negative star rating I would.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x970e90d8) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x972e5a50) out of 5 stars pure epic-goth fun 4 Sept. 2004
By k wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This isn't deep; this is just plain old video-game-soundtrack style fun. It's like New-Age "wallpaper" music for evil sorcerers. Mortiis may be a ridiculous attention-grabbing clown who sold out and made dance music later in his career, but that doesn't detract one whit from the noises that come out of your cd player when you put this thing in it. And those noises are some that you can listen to all day. Mortiis was a big fan of the legendary Conan the Barbarian movie soundtrack, as is anybody with any sense who enjoys this kind of music, but unlike the rest of the Basil-wannabes, he actually had the talent to pull this kind of thing off. It's not Conan, but it's really good, and whether you're a gothic vampire nerd or a dungeon-crawling dragon-slaying wizard nerd, you'll love this, since it's about halfway between the two.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96dd4180) out of 5 stars Best CD Ever (Mwahaha!) 14 Mar. 2003
By Lisa Karp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If the computer let me give more than 5 stars, I would give the CD 20 stars. One word to describe it- beautiful. I am a fan of both medieval folk music, new age, and black metal, and Mortiis morphs the these genres wondrously. The songs are very ambient and atmospheric; simply listening can take one into a Tolkein book. And I've dreamed of being there in Middle Earth and if I close my eyes and listen, it's the next best thing. I recommend En Sirkel Av Kosmisk Kaos [A Circle of Cosmic Chaos]. If you like this, I also recommend the bands Tristania, Theatre of Tragedy, and Opera IX. If you don't like it, well, I think there is something wrong with you.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96dd11a4) out of 5 stars Absolutely Stunning Album 4 Jan. 2000
By Wagner J.N. Moura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Crypt of... is a compilation of out of print 12"singles and brings Mortiis at his best. this time more varied stuff than the usual Dark ambient monotonous material of his earlier works.There is more emphasis on drum patterns.The music is Stunning if you`re not familiar with his work . I suggestt you get this one first ,then i`m sure you`ll be seduced by the atmospheres conjured by this Dark Lord. HAIL MORTIIS
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96e60f60) out of 5 stars Beautiful atmosphere 19 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well I never would have thought that I would have been listening to folk music, but I was curious about what the ex-bassist for the kings of black metal Emperor had cooking up now a days. He has definitely stayed with the imagery of black metal, it's darkness and manner of dress, except of course for his makeup, which consists of elf ears and an extremely long nose, which purposefully make him look like some kind of elf king. Influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien's stories of hobbits, elves, wizards, and all, Mortiis takes you on an epic journey, which impressed me quite a bit. This album is pure atmosphere and imagery, sounding a lot like the intros and segues used in a lot of black metal albums, listening to the pounding drums, and epic keyboards you are taken away to a land of ruined castles, fierce and honorable battles, and all the other things that a life in Norway can fill your imagination with. This album is beautiful, brilliant, complex, although repetitive at times. "En Sirkel av Kosmisk Kaos (A Circle of Cosmic Chaos)" scared the ... out of me, I was listening to the lush beautiful landscape that Mortiis was painting and all of a sudden this ghoulish growling voice came out of my speaker, which shows this album can take many directions even within a song! I also enjoyed "Vandreren's Sang (The Song of the Wanderer)," and "Under Tarnets Skygge (Underneath the Shadow of the Tower.)" I personally am more into more aggressive music of course, but this was a nice change of pace for once. I would not recommend this album to a metalhead, or death metalhead, but to some black metallers who enjoy later Burzum, and the dark atmosphere of black metal, and also some goths. I would also recommend this album to anyone who appreciates gothic medieval folk-type music.
HASH(0x96d3e3e4) out of 5 stars Flawless Dark Crossover 8 Sept. 2001
By Mark Morton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
No, Mortiis does not work this fast, this is not a new studio album. Rather, it is the domestic release of an otherwise rare collection that marked a turning point in the career of the Mad Goblin. Crypt Of The Wizard was Mortiis' first major foray into the realm of shorter, more compact pieces, which purvey his illuminations with less procrastination (his prior works normally consisted of 2 25-minute tracks). There are definite similarities between this album and TANGERINE DREAM's Alpha Centauri, Atem and Green Desert, as they all metaphysically depict quests of wonder, missions of discovery, and the encompassing manifestation of human curiosity. The New Age-y nature of Mortiis work progressively distances him from his Black Metal roots, but due to his past affiliations, it is a connection that is difficult to discard, especially with the theatrical imagery he still flaunts. Regardless of his appearance, the music on this disc is moving and inspiring, chaotic and revealing, and precarious and tranquil. Mortiis has yet to disappoint, and I thank Earache for making this important transition available to the masses!
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