A horrible hack

Cryptae

demo

Year Released: 2017
Format: Download
Label: Sentient Ruin
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Mar 16, 2018
Four tracks of dense, difficult, amorphous death metal that's definitely coming from an 'avant' perspective. Things begin slouchily, ambling uncertainly forward with a mulchy, untidy sound. As things progress they get steadily weirder; the hammerblow riffing and mucky gurgles joined by a variety of scrapes, jags and atonal lurches that are made all the more threatening thanks to the low-res production job. You can definitely detect traces of Portal, Ulcerate and Incantation, but the noise, dissonance and unpredictability makes Ehnahre the closest comparison I can think of. It's seriously impressive stuff, and all the more so when you consider the band are a duo and that this is 'only' a demo.


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