Cryptosis – Bionic Swarm (Review)

Cryptosis - Bionic SwarmCryptosis are a thrash metal band from the Netherlands and this is their debut album.

Cryptosis play an aggressive form of thrash that combines raw fiery hostility with progressive depth. Thrown into this mix are minor elements of symphonic, technical, black, and death metal, all of which merely add flavour to an already tasty thrash-tastic recipe. Think Kreator with a sci-fi veneer and an injection of modern progressive extreme metal, and you’ll be on the right lines.

On Bionic Swarm Cryptosis have managed to achieve a synthesis of the old-school and the new, blending ideas, influences, and inspirations from various places, styles, and eras to craft 37 minutes of molten contemporary thrash metal.

The songs are well-written and demonstrate a band with an easy familiarity with the genre. Their passion for the music they create comes through strongly, and the songs are imbued with vibrant vitality. Prominent, catchy leads and whirlwind solos are layered over jagged riffs that puncture flesh, while punishing drums pound you flat. The singer’s feral snarl sits atop these like a guard dog gnashing and chomping at intruders.

Amidst the high-octane thrash adventures that you’ll find on this record, you’ll also be treated to moments of atmosphere and progressive nuance. Cryptosis know how to tear things up for sure, but they also know how to conjure up fully-formed soundscapes for the listener to explore.

Bionic Swarm is an extremely strong and enjoyable album. Alongside the latest release from labelmates Enforced, it seems that thrash metal is having an excellent year so far.

Don’t miss out on Bionic Swarm; essential listening for thrash fans everywhere.

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