CRYPTIC HYMN has a rather typical extreme metal band name yet somehow you can’t deny its coolness factor. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

You have one of these names that could either be death or black metal. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It took quite a bit of brainstorming. Most importantly it had to be something no one else has already used, it had to sound cool and also match what we’re doing musically. Each song we’ve written so far kind of has it’s own flavor. So I think the name will apply to our sound quite well.

Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We’re a (blackened/thrash/whatever) death metal band out of Kentucky. Three of us used to play in a band called Voyage of Slaves. And our bassist plays in Anagnorisis as well, a black metal band also hailing from the blue grass state. We want to create music without limitations, and experiment with everything that influences us.

What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-That’s a tough one. A few bands off the top of my head would be Death, Carcass, Revocation, and At The Gates for starters.

What is the extreme metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Louisville in particular has a great community of promoters, venues and bands of just about any sub-genre of metal you can think of. We definitely feel closely knit to the Louisville scene. There are so many good people staying active and contributing to it.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?>
-Regardless of whatever scale movement it may be, I would like to think so. There’s definitely an intrinsic value to it all. Heavy metal is really more of a sub culture than just another music genre. I think the ideals that are expressed in heavy music (especially ones focused on real issues, and topics that people can relate to) have had an impact on the world and how it is viewed. Art in general is a great vehicle to encourage forward thinking.

When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-I think a great album cover should embody a general ideal that the music is trying to convey. Especially if what is seen on the front of a record is representational. A good album cover should make someone think about what they’re looking at, to maybe dig deeper into the subject matter a little more. I suppose in our case, our album cover would have some pretty gnarly imagery on it based off of our lyrical content.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think digital releases are a great thing. People can find music easier now than ever. As far as physical goes, I think people are more interested in vinyl, rather than CDs. I honestly haven’t bought a CD in a while. But I do love to shop for records. As does the rest of the band. Everyone has a preference, really. Some people are even into cassette tape collecting these days as well.

What kind live scene is there for bands like CRYPTIC HYMN?
-We’re down to play with just about anyone. Death Metal, Thrash, Black Metal, Punk, Hardcore. Whatever. The broader audience you have, the better.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-While we’re on stage, we just aim to be a precise as possible. It’s a ton of fun, of course. But most importantly we’re focused on playing the tightest and most entertaining set we can. There’s definitely a party afterwords though!

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Later this year, we want to release either an EP or LP, followed by more touring. Most likely the West coast. And hopefully we can make enough waves to catch the attention of a label or some sort of distribution. No matter what, the main goal is to stay busy and active as possible. I’d like to think good things come to people who work their asses off!

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