Sentient Ruin is proud to work again with Dutch experimental raw death metal deliriants Cryptae, one of contemporary death metal’s most enigmatic and defiant entities who we’ve been working with ever since their 2017 first demo tape, and now we’re finally ready to bring you their proper full-length debut LP “Nightmare Traversal”. Scheduled for an early October release on vinyl, casette tape and digital formats, the crushing album takes their unique audio-visual madness to an entire new level of excellence and establishes them as a beacon of unyielding avant-garde experimentalism within underground extreme metal.
The track “Oubliette” was unveiled earlier this month in occasion of Bandcamp Friday, and now we’re happy to offer you another glimpse into this abhorrent album via the exclusive music video premiere of the track “Cryptic Passage”, published today by CVLT Nation – who in presenting the the song and visuals remark that “the band’s first ever music video for the track “Cryptic Passage”, is an unparalleled and surreal audio-visual experience that confirms the Dutch duo as one of the most unique, visionary, and insane entities in contemporary death metal and extreme metal vanguards in general.”. You can read the feature and check out the track HERE.
Featuring members of key underground dutch experimental bands like Plague Organ, Imperial Cult, Dead Neanderthals etc, both the band members come from vastly different musical backgrounds, which include experimental and improvised styles of music outside of metal. However Cryptae remains the conduit through which they revel in their unending love for the most defiling forms of death metal and through which they explore the possibilities of the genre’s most aberrant deformations. With “Nightmare Traversal” the duo focused on writing the most warped, disorienting, and suffocating death metal delirium they could come up with, leaving experimentation and free-form composition to run rampant as usual while adding more focus than ever before to the violence and inescapability of their unique and unclassifiable death metal crush-depth.
Lyrically and thematically on“Nightmare Traversal” the band has envisioned a surreal and dystopian artificial landscape inspired by old violent and gore-drenched video games, almost like stripping away the player, the monsters, the guns and the gore from 90s games like DOOM, Carmageddon and Blood, to leave the motionless and surrealistic digitalized settings to take a life and center scene of their own. This has resulted in an amorphous and glitched aural monstrosity packed with bleak lyrics, oppressive atmospheres, and erratic song structures channeling visions of crude concrete geometry, suffocating corridors, hidden passages and drab horizons of an empty and encapsulated digital world that strangles the listener. Completely unclassifiable, hideously crushing, and triumphantly weird, “Nightmare Traversal” is an experimental raw death metal lucid nightmare, the cold echo of collapsing buildings, mangled flesh, crumbled steel, exploding bodies, and hollow shrieks reverberating through an abandoned and warped universe of pixelated horrors and inverted digitalized architectures.
|“Nightmare Traversal” is scheduled for release on vinyl (limited edition on crystal clear vinyl and on standard black vinyl), casette tape and digital formats on October 2020 and is pre-ordreable now via our Bandcamp and website shop.|