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Krypts : Remnants Of Expansion


What's not to like in the Lovecraft and Carpenter mix of Krypts' Horror/Death/Doom sophomore?



Happy New Year to one and all... let's get on with it shall we...?

Finnish extreme metal outfit Krypts have produced a sophomore recording which mixes a powerful concoction of dark atmosphere, suspense and morbid horror along with some despicably good riffage into the bargain. With all the requisite subject matter boxes heavily ticked in favour of Lovecraft, the Ancients and esoteric spirituality, there's not much left to do but to decide if it's any good. Which it simply is. Very good indeed.

Krypts do themselves a great service by neither being overtly one thing or the other. They blend Doom, Death, Black and Atmospheric metal into a cleverly disguised melting pot, which is at once familiar and yet difficult to pigeon hole as a collected work. What does come across is the aforementioned powerful delivery, via a production which is not only very much clear and in your face but also has the cavernous mystique of a Grave Miasma release.

The atmosphere comes courtesy of all of the above as well as some lead guitar motifs that wouldn't be out of place in a John Carpenter movie score. I mean, what's not to like? Lovecraft and Carpenter...just do the math...

Vocally, there are no real suprises, a healthy Death growl presides over the instrumental procedings and is excellent in its delivery if a little generic in form. It really doesn't matter though, as somehow the idea of an idiosyncratic diva wailing over-enthusiastically in the foreground would flatten the music into something it really isn't, and if you can do straight up metal as good as this then you really don't need gimicks.

You couldn't call it Doom any more than you could call it Death Metal (although plenty seem to). Neither is it Death/Doom in the traditional sense. 'Remnants of Expansion' had me thinking back to various releases by entities such as Arcana Coelestia and URNA where the genre lines are visibly blurred. The difference being here is that Krypts go for a far more accessible sound. Which in itself sounds ridiculous, as this is still wholeheartedly an extreme metal offering after all. Anyhow, the proof is in the listening, and you could do a lot worse than kickstart the new year with this.


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Reviewer's rating: 8/10

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Tracklist :
1. Arrows Of Entropy
2. The Withering Titan
3. Remnants Of Expansion
4. Entrailed To The Breaking Wheel
5. Transfixed

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-01-20 by Matt Halsey
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