With so many cool bands out there to check out I offer you some minor guidance by introducing you to CRYPTERIA. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-Austin is a big history and philosophy buff. He came across Crypteria in his studies and it stood out as a great name for a death metal band. Crypteria were the secret police of Sparta tasked with maintaining order. They used brutal force to suppress the Helot population. The theme of classical military violence is a great fit for our brand of aggressive, technical metal.
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-Old school Florida Death metal bands all the way. Morbid Angel, Cannibal Corpse, and Death are huge influences and blazed the trail for modern death metal as we know it. Alex Webster is a hero of ours from both the songwriting and interpersonal side of music. You’d be hard pressed to find a nicer, more humble guy in all of death metal. Luc Lemay and Gorguts are also a big influence on the compositional mind of Crypteria. On the whole, Austin derives a lot of the riffs from classical music and 80’s rock records. J.S. Bach and Sebastian Bach are both a part of the repertoire. Classical music favorites include Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Scriabin, and Vivaldi.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-Austin and Rex are both gifted improvisers. Riffs usually begin between Austin and his metronome and get brought up to speed quickly with the rest of the band. Once drums are nailed down, Kevin spends some time workshopping bass parts to bridge the gap between guitar and drum rhythms.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Our music is recorded truthfully such that the arrangement on the album is exactly what the fans will hear live. We have no backing tracks or pre-recorded guitar lines. We strive to achieve the heaviest sound possible with just drums, bass, and a single guitar. Even vocals layered on the album are recreated by Kevin and Austin on stage.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-To be honest, we are very proud of the Crypteria debut album. Some of the songs are over ten years old and it was incredible to hear them recorded properly and mixed by a true master of a metal engineer. Our production paired with Jacob Hansen’s mix made for 31 minutes of death metal without regrets.
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-For distribution, we got onto all of the major streaming platforms via Distrokid. It’s fairly easy to set up these days. As far as promotion goes, we have been trying to put out regular content and playthrough videos in the studio to gauge interest and run targeted ads for the album. It’s a slow process to get your music in front of the right people sometimes, but we’ve managed to connect with fans from all over the world who are excited to hear some modern Florida Death Metal.
To me, artwork can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-For this album, we licensed two master paintings from the 19th century. We believe that art is a critical part of how albums are received, and we were very excited to license “Orpheus in Hades” to capture a heavy mythological theme for the record.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-We feel this album has contributed to the vast collection of Florida Death Metal records. As far as our local scene goes, there’s not much death metal in general but we have received a lot of support from the heavy music community. Both shows and bands are getting heavier in Jacksonville and it’s really cool to see.
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is your experience with the live scene?
-In my experience, live show turnout is based solely on the quality of the entertainment provided. In the world we live in, a local metal show has to provide more value than any other media available to the audience. It’s a difficult task in the age of the internet, but I believe that bands need to step up their game and rise to the challenge. Complaining about low turnout without action is probably the worst thing for the problem.
What does the future hold?
-The near future holds a new EP for Crypteria. We are in the throws of preproduction on four new songs and we can’t wait to get them in the lineup. Regional shows over the next few months will be a huge part of our plan to get our music out there.