Review by Michael on February 21, 2021.
I find a lot of new thrash metal bands on the market quite ambivalent to unbelievably overrated, (to put it in friendly words) but the debut album Bionic Swarm from the Dutch band Cryptosis, which will be released at the end of March comes across pretty convincingly over large parts.
Let's start with the cover. It's quite sci-fi like and I personally think it's quite well done but I also like science fiction.
Musically, according to the press information, the band is for fans of Coroner and Demolition Hammer. I can't really understand that now, because I find that the band has a stylistic quite similarity with Vektor, only that Cryptosis are not quite as challenging, but do a kind of technical thrash that you can get into, how shall I say, more relaxed. This is not to say that the band makes undemanding music, the songs are very lovingly composed and know how to grab the listener from the very beginning.
The tracks are sometimes quite intricate structures and one is always amazed at the twist and turns that come there. What also makes the songs quite interesting are the keyboard parts, which are used again and again subliminally (Nocturnus (A.D.) send their regards). In the slower tracks like 'Prospect of Immortality' there are similarities to slower Napalm Death songs, but slow tracks are rather scarce on the album. The band is almost constantly stepping on the gas pedal and lumbering through their cosmos. In any case, one always discovers new stylistic elements when listening to the album several times so I have the impression that not only the above-mentioned bands, but also thrash bands like Exodus, classics like Iron Maiden and also black metal (listen to the riffing on 'Mindscape' more closely) have had influences on the songwriting of the band.
Standout tracks on the album are 'Death Technology', which is pretty catchy and cool in terms of riffing and showcases the band's technical prowess, 'Transcendence' is an incredibly fast, technical track with atmospheric keyboard backing and 'Game of Souls' is a very diverse song that again showcases the band's technical prowess. However, there are also passages in the songs that seem a bit uninspired and unstructured (for example in 'Prospect of Immortality' or 'Mindscape'), but over long stretches the band can convince at least me.
Since I already mentioned Vektor as an influence several times, it's not surprising that the band will go on tour together with them (it's announced for Europe in May at least). I'm curious if that will work out. I would be happy to see the guys live. So if you like technical thrash, you should not miss the debut of the Dutch, you will not be disappointed!
Rating: 8.2 out of 10138