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Review: Krypt - Preludes To Death
Preludes To Death

Label: Agonia Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 50:29
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 17, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Preludes To Death

Rated 3.75/5 (75%) (16 Votes)

So many bands try to imitate the greats of the Second Wave of Black Metal that it almost qualifies as revolutionary when someone actually does it right. Krypt is two former members of the revered Tsjuder who decided to devote themselves to the cold flame of true Norwegian Black Metal, but rather than engage in tired Darkthrone mimicry, these guys went for the good stuff.

There's nothing new about this sound, as it is a brew made of bits filed off Morbid Tales, Black Metal, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas, and Dark Medieval Times. Admittedly, it is not hard to be awesome when drawing on such fine ancestors, but plenty of bands manage it regardless. Krypt are not one of those bands, and they grind their influences into a frozen, saw-edged festival of what made Black Metal so awesome in the first place. Grinding, atonal riffs, hate-spewing vocals, and consistent songwriting lifts this far above any pale imitation and into the more respectable realm of homage. Evil, grim, and regressive as fuck, this rules.

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