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Cryptum - Vile Emergence

Vile Emergence
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 30 March 2022, 3:31 PM

Even a band that is huge today was a garage band in the past, when they began their career. No one started having a great name, and everyone had their times in the garage, room or anything else. So have some respect for the young, because their efforts that can be seen as repetitive can have the core of something great for the future. And the North American quintet CRYPTUM comes with their first EP, “Vile Emergence”, after a Demo and a compilation.

The band came to life back in 2020, the year of the pandemic, so they had a Hell of time to make things, and come with a traditional and aggressive form of Death Metal, based a lot on the work left by names as CANNIBAL CORPSE, MORBID ANGEL, DEATH, NAPALM DEATH and POSSESSED. It’s traditional, brutal and aggressive, with some Thrash Metal arrangements on the guitars in many moments. Their music sounds a bit immature by now, but full of energy and aggressiveness that can breed something great in the future. What these words mean: they have potential, so it’s just a matter of turning it into music. The sonority of the EP is based on a traditional form of production created on Morrisound Studio (USA) and Sunlight Studios (Sweden) between the end of the 80’s and beginning of the 90’s: crude, brutal and with an organic appeal, but defined to keep the understanding of what they’re doing. It’s good, but could be better.

Obviously, one can say that they use clichés to construct their songs, but as written above: they’re just beginning their slaughter, and “Torrent of Infinite Time” (a massive song with a traditional set of rhythms and hooks of the genre presented by the guitars), “Volitional Sacrilege” (that follows the same tendency of the previous song, but with a slow approach on the rhythms, what means that a solid impact is heard from bass guitar and drums), “Dead Celestial Body” (a technical and brutal song, with fast tempos and some early Hardcore influences, creating hooking parts), and “Vile Emergence” (another song filled with Hardcore influences, but with a massive energy due the fast rhythms, and the growls of the vocals are good, but can be better in the future) are proofs that they can be great someday.

It’s a good release to hear, and after the shows are back, the potential shown on “Vile Emergence” will be sharpened. For now, be welcome, CRYPTUM.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Torrent of Infinite Time
2. Volitional Sacrilege
3. Dead Celestial Body
4. Vile Emergence
Mike Brilmyer - Vocals
Carlos Santini - Lead Guitar
Trevor Cook - Rhythm Guitar
Matthew Aguilar - Bass
Kyle Pooley - Drums
Record Label: Caligari Records


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