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Cryptic Hatred – Nocturnal Sickness

Cryptic Hatred
Nocturnal Sickness
by Thomas Kumke at 27 February 2022, 9:13 PM

CRYPTIC HATRED hailing from Helsinki, Finland were formed in 2019. They are a traditional Death Metal band and after releasing one demo, “Nocturnal Sickness” is their full-length debut album. It was mixed by Olli Nokkala at the Kolotila Studios in Helsinki and mastered by Jaakko Virtalähde at Virtalähde Mastering Finland. The album has a length of more than 39 minutes and it was released via Finnish label The Other Records which is specialized in Death, Doom, and Black Metal.

Death Metal is an overcrowded genre in general. There are a number of subgenres and one might think that there is a niche available for every young band to explore their very own sound and style. In reality, however, there are plenty of new bands taking the classical route of Death Metal without any adjustment towards a modern sound, keeping in mind that Death Metal is more than 30 years old. When it comes to traditional Death Metal, it basically narrows down to two main directions, the Swedish and the Florida school. Many Finnish bands went the Swedish path with their very own sound and interpretation. CRYPTIC HATRED are different. Their music is based on the early Florida Death Metal sound including the late 80s production values.

Nocturnal Sickness” starts with “Into The Depths”, a three minutes pummeling in best Death Metal tradition: aggressive guitar riffing and hammering drums at insane speed and brutal growls at the low end of the guttural range. There are mid-tempo and down-tempo breaks throughout, where the sound during the down-tempo part is spine-chilling. A short but contributing lead guitar solo at high pace completes the picture. “Stench Of The Dead” continues with the sound, but at mid-tempo with plenty of double-bass drumming and crunching bass lines. The guitar riffing is dark, but has a bit of catchiness and head-banging potential at times, just enough for a single release with the YouTube link given below.

The title track “Nocturnal Sickness” has plenty of tempo changes with some parts at insane speed including blast-beat attacks, mid-tempo parts, and blood-freezing down-tempo parts. Particularly, the down-tempo parts create a doom-laden atmosphere, including the lead guitar solo. “Vile Execution” is in principle no different, but the tempo changes are smoother, and the lead guitar solo fits perfectly into the track. The vocals are a bit more diverse with a few screams added. “Full Of Hate” and “As I Enter Darkness” start both with dark but catchy riffing at a measured tempo, with almost stomping rhythms which transition quickly into mid-tempo and up-tempo tracks. The riffing in “Full Of Hate” during the middle part is Thrash Metal inspired. The sound in “As I Enter Darkness” is basically doom and gloom including the lead guitar solo.

The story of “Nocturnal Sickness” is actually a simple one: the sound is roughly the same, but with subtle changes between tracks. There are plenty of tempo changes in each track, but the emphasis is put on different aspects. While “Deathtroops” and “Strangle To Silence” focus on the fast bludgeoning parts with added blast-beat assaults, “Saw Torture” and “Eternal Horror” put emphasis on brutality, powerful riffing, and darkness as intensified by the guitars, the intense double-bass drumming, and the lead guitar solos.

Nocturnal Sickness” is an album in the tradition of the beginnings of classical Death Metal from Florida. CRYPTIC HATRED stick to that sound without any experimentation. Their Death Metal sound is raw, dark and without a great deal of technicality and diversity. For the listener who wants to get a 40 minutes pummeling, “Nocturnal Sickness” is the right choice. The production is tailored towards traditional Death Metal, people who like a modern production will be disappointed. CRYPTIC HATRED deliver a good debut for those who love traditional US Death Metal of the late 80s.

Songwriting:  7
Musicianship:  7
Memorability:  7
Production:  8

3 Star Rating

1. Into The Depths
2. Stench Of The Dead
3. Nocturnal Sickness
4. Vile Execution
5. Full Of Hate
6. As I Enter Darkness
7. Deathtroops
8. Strangle To Silence
9. Saw Torture
10. Eternal Horror
Eemil Lajoma – Vocals, Guitars
Jami Lamio – Guitars
Tatu Saves – Drums
Miska Hagelberg – Bass
Record Label: The Other Records


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