Reviewed: July 1999
Released: 1998, Independent
Encryption was founded in 1995 under the name Cryptic but for legal reasons the band changed their name. Encryption play a cross of power metal and melodic death metal, somewhat similar to Iced Earth meets In Flames without ripping either band off. If you take a cross between German power metal and the new wave of Swedish death metal as some call it (Arch Enemy, In Flames, etc) you will get an idea of what to expect from Encryption. It’s surprising that this band has not been signed yet as this type of music seems to be doing rather well lately! As you know most “power metal” bands have those godly soaring high vocals…well not Encryption. This is more of an Iced Earth sounding vocal style, gruff yet still melodic.
Most tracks on “Shrouded in Mystery” clock in at over the 6minute mark! Songs are mostly up-tempo with lots of twin leads, double kicks, harmony, and melody. The CD begins with a classical sounding intro entitled “Shrouded in Mystery” played entirely on keyboard. It sounds pretty cool and dark but was a little long as far as intros go. The CD then kicks in with “Lack of Animosity” which is one of the better tracks on the CD. Other highlights include the lyrically personal “Oblivious Vapors” and “Predator One.”
It’s clear as you listen to this CD that this band is a perfect cross between bands like In Flames and Helloween. Fans of both power metal and melodic death metal should take note. With their next release (hopefully on a major label) this band could easily become as common a name as the aforementioned metal gods. Good luck guys and watch out for Encryption!
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