Roel de Haan : Fausttophel is a Ukrainian symphonic black metal band and this ‘…Sancta Simplicitas…’ is their second full-length album to date. Their debut ‘Thirst Of Oblivion’ was severely lacking in originality and therefore was not quite enjoyable. On ‘…Sancta Simplicitas…’ the band have ditched their most obvious copied elements and opted for a more individual approach, which works infinitely better. Still, this is symphonic black metal at heart and soul and therefore their influence still shine through. But with the addition of death and thrash metal riffing it all sounds not too saccharine. I’m glad that Fausttophel has stopped trying too hard to be an exact copy of their heroes, it makes for a far more enjoyable album.