Reviewed: July, 2021
Released: June 11, 2021, Napalm Records
Reviewer: The Elitist Metalhead
One of the most anticipated releases of 2021 is the debut album by Brazilian/Dutch death metal band, Crypta. Bassist and vocalist Fernanda Lira was part of Brazilian thrashers Nervosa until last year taking drummer Luana Dametto along with her. Crypta had been in the works since 2019 as a side project but now that she was free of Nervosa, she could concentrate on Crypta. Of corpse it goes without saying that the pandemic has really made it hard for metal with lock downs and restrictions. That did not stop Lira from recruiting two shredders that were relatively unknown, until now. The band released three scorching singles prior to the release of ECHOES OF THE SOUL, hence all the anticipation .
From The Netherlands comes Sonia Anubis (RN Sonia Nusselder), who is in Cobra Spell with Sebastian Silva, who is in Unto Others. I actually saw Silva play when Unto Others were Idle Hands and they opened for King Diamond in November of 2019. Joining Anubis is Taina Bergamaschi from Brazil, who briefly played in folk metal band Hagbard. Now, as mentioned above, I was intrigued with the first single, “From The Ashes.” The song just blasts out of the speakers with some vicious tremolo riffs and serious blasts beats. Then Lira’s vocals scream at you and you know they mean business. She has a range between a black metal shriek to some serious guttural growls and they help set the atmosphere. Then my ear perk up with joy as I hear one of the best solos in a new song in a long time. Not only was it a solo but it was soloS…plural! Anubis and Bergamaschi traded off on some godly fret work. Could they be the next Murray/Smith?
Okay, not to get ahead of the review, the single was actually the album closer but it is such a great track. Once I heard the album in it’s proper order did I really get the full effect of this album. The second single is actually the opener (after a brief intro), “Starvation.” Once again they go straight for the throat with speed and monstrous riffs. There is serious chemistry here because the songs are well written and executed flawlessly. Once again the solo trade off is absolutely brilliant. The tone of the guitars are different enough to set them apart but they also compliment each other. “Possessed” follows right behind it with some killer crunchy riffs and vocals by Lira that actually sound like Shagrath of Dimmu Borgir. I literally got a “Puritania” vibe there. As always, the solo brings this infectious melody to the song, almost making you forget its about to kick your ass again any second….almost!
As I go through the album it is becoming clear that they were intentional in their songwriting and execution. The band already has a signature sound but the songs each have their own personality. “Shadow Within,” one of my favorites, starts off melodic with some classic metal riffing and dual leads. The melody is cut short by sheer speed and riffs. This song has a lot of layers and some of the best riffs on the album. The solo trade offs are incredible; the tone and the technicality are just sick. “Kali” is another stand out track that just slays from that insane drum intro to the crushing riffs. Again, the fretwork on the solos is phenomenal and just takes the songs to another level. They released “Dark Night of the Soul” just days before the album release. Starting of almost doom like it picks up to a nice groove before blasting into the tremolo riffs. Some incredibly melodic fret work takes us to the end of the song. It’s the song right before the closer so I’ve already told you how it ends!
Yes, this was the one of the most anticipated releases this year and, in my opinion, it was well worth it. This is a modern death metal album but still shows it’s roots in the old school all over it. You can hear everything from Death to Sepultura being an influence here. The songwriting is also not like a band releasing a debut but one that has been established for a while. There is serious chemistry here and it shows in each track. ECHOES OF THE SOUL is one of the strongest debuts in recent memory. This is essential.