Search


Categories

Latest updates...

ARCHAIC THORN - review
(November 19, 2017)
DEGIAL - review
(November 19, 2017)
MORBID FLESH - review
(November 17, 2017)
INSULTERS - review
(November 17, 2017)
PESTILENCE - review
(November 17, 2017)
DEADFLESH - review
(November 12, 2017)
SINISTER - review
(November 11, 2017)
DISCIPLES OF POWER - review
(November 11, 2017)
INFERNÄL MÄJESTY - review
(November 11, 2017)
JUMPIN`JESUS - review
(November 11, 2017)
BLOOD - review
(November 10, 2017)
THE SPIRIT - interview
(November 07, 2017)
VACIVUS - interview
(November 07, 2017)
ACCIDENTAL SUICIDE - review
(November 07, 2017)
UNDER THE CHURCH - review
(November 05, 2017)
GRAVESIDE - review
(November 04, 2017)
PROSCRITO - review
(November 04, 2017)
CRYPTS OF DESPAIR - review
(November 04, 2017)
BARK - review
(November 03, 2017)
SPECTRALE - review
(November 02, 2017)
NOX IRAE - review
(October 31, 2017)
SHEOL HADES - review
(October 28, 2017)
STRYCHNINE - review
(October 28, 2017)
KAPALA - review
(October 27, 2017)

CRYPT OF KERBEROS
CRYPT OF KERBEROS
The Macrodex Of War
(Bleed Records)
79:08min

This filled-to-the-brim piece of silicon should be a highly interesting album for many Voices-visitors, because it showcases a fascinating, innovative and original band from the early 90s Death Metal scene and I know that many people coming across this web-lair have a certain soft spot for this kind of Metal. Swedish CRYPT OF KERBEROS, founded in 1990, started off with some fantastic demos & EPs and disbanded after releasing a singular full-length entitled "World Of Myths" (1993, Adipocere Records) and some final demos for a second album that was never realized. Members of the band wound up in Progressive Metal act PAIN OF SALVATION and Death / Thrashers MAZE OF TORMENT, which can be valued as a hint at the two different stylistic paths CRYPT OF KERBEROS tried to unite and successively did. But let's start at the beginning: First up on this compilation of demos, EPs and rarities is the band's 1991 demo which offers excellent, gloomy and brutal Death Metal I would have rather associated with a Finnish band like DEMIGOD, CONVULSE, FUNEBRE than the Swedish hordes of that time. Though the sound shows its age the doomy, haunting melodies and overall sinister atmosphere still exhales its magic. With the second demo, filling tracks 5-10 it even gets better! The sound, the songs, the musical variety had improved and the latter had been increased by the use of some great eerie keyboard parts, some screamed vocals between the low growls and mesmerising melodic leads resulting in a more professional, totally godly demo release!!! Just listen to 'Yule Horror', aaarrrgghh, this is so good! The next two tracks represent another awesome piece of old & rotting Death Metal namely the band's EP on Adipocere, released in 1992. Again the low and sick sounding growls, driving parts interchange with atmospheric and at times pretty technical sections and stand in one line with the before released demos. Tracks 13-14 offer '92 rehearsal recordings with nothing more than a nostalgic value, but fans will probably be pretty happy to be able to hear them. Of course, musically these two tracks are excellent, but the sound is extremely raw! Next up are two songs off a pre-production demo recorded in very good sound quality after the album's release. It presents the musical developments "World Of Myths" hinted at: exclusively clean Metal-vocals, more melodies, more progressive sounds and absolutely no Death Metal elements anymore. A pretty serious shock after the previous 14 songs, especially since they reach a level of slimy kitsch that is despite the band's excellent performance more like a musical ā la "Starlight Express" mixed with EUROPE, unbearable! Unfortunately track 17, a studio demo is in the same vein and was planned to be on the band's second album "Nadia", which fortunately was never realized. As a violent punch in the face the closing two tracks taken off the "Visions Beyond Darkness" EP (released in 1991) will hit you after this short journey into cheesiness, it's the harshest material CRYPT OF KERBEROS ever recorded but they are not satisfied with the way the EP turned out. The sound was crappy and ruined the potential slumbering in their early songs, which of course were still in the Death Metal vein. Well, to finish this extraordinarily long review the demo tracks, as well as the "Cyclone Of Insanity" EP are fantastic and deservedly "cult"-labelled pieces of Swedish Death Metal and this compilation is the best way to get them today! The later material, as well as the rehearsals and the debut EP are not that entertaining because of the above explained reasons, nonetheless they belong into the history of CRYPT OF KERBEROS and whoever is interested in exploring it, will find it nicely compiled and excellently arranged on this CD. Contact the label via anatomybleedrecords@hotmail.com A special thanks to John G. for getting this CD into my hands...

Stefan Franke

< back   |   print   |   report errors   |   order from Amazon.de   |   order from Amazon.com



© 2000 - 2017 - Voices From The Darkside   |   Page origin: Dec. 04, 2000