Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul” (Napalm Records)
Battle Helm Rating
Superbly complementing the thrash metal of Nervosa and heavy / power metal of Burning Witches comes Crypta, the latest all female death metal outfit! Despite being formed only in June 2019, Crypta is not a new band but features underground names like Fernanda Lira (bass / vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums), both of whom were in Nervosa, along guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, Ex-Burning Witches) and Tainá Bergamaschi (Ex-Hagbard). While there is little to doubt their ferocity and aggression, Crypta also show their composing finesse through plenty of catchy grooves and memorable hooks, along with a string of tasty melodies as this four-piece amply demonstrate the next generation of seasoned talent on this 10-track debut that was also mixed by Arthur Rizk (Code Orange, Powertrip etc), mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Sepultura etc) and featuring cover art by Wes Benscoter (Slayer, Kreator, Black Sabbath). As Dametto’s manic snare comes blasting in on ‘Starvation’, the high-speed whirring riffs from the twin guitars literally lift you off the floor as they crash and chunder in weaving an atmosphere combining darkness with exoticism as Lira roars and rasps over the brilliant stampede. Going for an old school touch on ‘Under The Black Wings’, the haunting intro soon gives way to Dametto’s mid tempo double bass drumming, growls and screeches from Lira, while Anubis and Bergamaschi deliver the diddly dee mayhem in all its authenticity and catchiness as the songs speeds up, while showcasing plenty of their own fretboard capability through lashings of neo classical breaks, tremolo wailing and somber melodies to really add to the song’s ghostliness and mysticism. Screaming back in on ‘Kali’, the rebounding riffs are nothing short of amazing and when combined with Dametto’s superb power percussion, it’s nothing short of a headbanger’s dream as Lira matches through her range of gutturals, cat screeching and pretty much everything in between – wow! A band set to drop plenty of jaws, Crypta combine the very best of Brazilian and Dutch death metal on this impressive kick off.