05 March 2018
Title: Unseen Divinity
Label: Blood Harvest
Release Date: 26 February, 2018
Cryptivore began in 2015 as a one-man band from Australia fronted by Chris Anning, handling all. Unseen Divinity was originally an independent CD demo debut from the band but has now been released as a limited-edition cassette on Blood Harvest records.
Containing seven tracks of old school grinding death metal and totalling a hair over 13.5 minutes in length, this release flies by fast! Reminding me, a bit of the sounds and influences of the early Carcass albums, this has a raw presentation and feel, yet is distinctive, combining the elements of death metal and grindcore. With low guttural vocals and sometimes higher vocal trade offs in parts, this flows with crunchy guitars belting out catchy riffs and harmonies and melodic leads too. From fast speed picking segments, usually accompanied by either mid-paced to fast drumming, along with heavy chugging chords bringing out the old school riffing of slower tempos with heavy rhythms, Cryptivore have an all around, classic old school sound. This is something you would almost expect to hear in the late 80’s to early 90’s era on tape or vinyl. Keeping traditional elements of death metal alive and to say that old habits never die either, is all right here in seven tracks that do go by fairly quickly, but keep you playing this again and again. 9/10 By Wolven Deadsoul