Label: Steamhammer/SPV – SPV 289272
Format: Digipack CD
Released: 08 May 2020
Style: Progressive rock/metal
Once Upon A Time shows CRYPTEX in such a uniform way and at the same time with a diversity and enthusiasm as rarely heard before. It’s obvious what caused this creative explosion: Along with Simon Moskon, guitarist André Jean Henri Mertens joins in as one of the leading song writers. Add bassist and co-lyricist Marc Andrejkovits (and drummer Simon Schröder, who drummed his way through their new record) into the mix and you end up with a group of like-minded people who do not only share their taste in music but also a burning need on voicing similar topics. It is this well-balanced mixture of strong hooks, catchy melodies and a plethora of artful facets that have kept CRYPTEX so unusual and unique since their formation in 2008. Recommended for fans of Treshold, Nick Cave, Vanden Plas, Shadow Gallery, Evergrey.