Country: France
Title: Cryptic Grave
Label: Great Dane Records
Year: 2018
Style: Death Metal

Such a band name should certainly front a Death Metal band, right? Well this is confirmed by this debut EP's front cover (Chris Moyen work) and ultimately by the band's music: old-school Death Metal clearly reminding the listeners of the good old Obituary, Morgoth and even Asphyx to a certain degree, but definitely a mix of the first two, especially since the vocals are close to Tardy's. The 4 tracks (+ into and outro) material was initially released by the band in 2017 and picked up this year by Great Dane Records for the CD treatment. The music is built on quite simple and unpretentious structures: mid-tempo catchy guitar riffs supported by heavy drumming, intense bass lines and killer long solos here and there, skillfully lead by the impressive ferocious vocals of Richard, a guy who also sings in Orcrist. For this day and age this music might be less impressive then it was 3 decades ago, but for sure it sounds as putrid and horrifying as back then, so old-school fanatics will certainly enjoy it, and the band has actually a good potential in delivering some tasty stuff for the future, which is something Great Dane might be betting on.
Reviewed by Adrian
Rating: 7.5/10