Cryptic Realms – Enraptured by Horror (Review)

Cryptic RealmsThis is the debut album by Cryptic Realms, a death metal band with members from various countries.

Featuring the singer of Abyssus, (one of my favourites), I was keen to see what Cryptic Realms had to offer.

Here we have classic, old-school death metal, played with a purity of intent and grim authenticity. Taking cues from the early days of death metal’s inevitable rise to power, the band focus on solid songwriting and simple composition to get the job done right.

The songs on Enraptured by Horror roll out of the speakers with focused riffing and groovy swagger. The music takes influence from old Death and Massacre, so you know what you’re getting yourself into before you even press play.

The production values are just as old-school as the music, sounding authentically recorded in the era the music worships. Whether this is a good thing or not is down to personal taste, (as always), but Enraptured by Horror could almost pass as some long-forgotten recording from the 1980s.

In some ways Cryptic Realms are treading a similar path of old-school death metal worship that Gruesome are. If you think of Cryptic Realms as a less-polished Gruesome, you’ll have a fair idea of what you’ll find on Enraptured by Horror.

I enjoyed this, although I confess it took a few spins to really work its magic on me. Give it a go and see if it does the same to you.

Favourite Track: In Mortal Distress. Riffs! Bass! Yeah!

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