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Review: Cryptic Hatred - Free from the Grave
Cryptic Hatred
Free from the Grave

Label: The Other Records
Year released: 2021
Originally released in: 2020
Duration: 29:52
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 13, 2022
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Free from the Grave

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Holy hell, is this a crushing slab of classic Death Metal! Cryptic Hatred first arrived in 2019 and immediately made a name for themselves as one of the more promising Finnish Death Metal bands after releasing their Free From the Grave demo, so much so that The Other Records went ahead and gave it a remixed and remastered digipak edition barely a year after it was initially released. Being a Finnish band, it’s not too surprising that their brand of Death Metal is crisp and extreme while also retaining an encompassing, macabre atmosphere that draws on plenty of influences without sounding imitative of any of them. The closest comparison I could make would be the mood and deceptive depth of Incantation, but Cryptic Hatred are hardly imitators, they’re just well versed in the Death Metal tradition and go at it with a professionalism that’s really impressive for a new band of 20 somethings. Brutal, heavy, and menacing as hell, this is a strong debut from a band well worth watching.

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