DARK DESCENT RECORDS // DETEST RECORDS // CRYPTBORN // From the moment the buzzsaw guitars hit your ears you know what you are in for. Swedish death metal. The fact that Cryptborn is made up by a bunch of guys that live in Finland is besides the point. This is Swedish death metal. There’s no way around it. What can I tell you about Cryptborn that you don’t already know? Finland. 2010. Band name may or may not be influenced by Vasaeleth. They love Unleashed. This release is their first release. It’s released on tape by Detest Records and on CD by Dark Descent. Like many others that took the New Wave of Swedish Death Metal class at Uppsala High they take their cues from the legends but there’s a bit of chugga chugga there that gives me a bit of the NY heaviness I remember. I bet, somewhere deep, there’s a Suffocation fan in hiding. My main concern with releases such as these is that they will be forgotten in a few years time and considered a rip-off instead of a homage to this particular era of death metal. Personally, I prefer bands like these that allow the head to bang instead of the ever boring circle pits I’ve seen since the turn of the millennium. If I want to see a kid doing karate chops I’ll watch Karate Kid, the original version.

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  1. Granted this and many other “current” bands worshiping at the altar of old Sweden, this trend is getting out of hand. Kicking ass isn’t enough when you get lost in the shuffle. Literally.

  2. It has indeed gotten out of control so it’s time to sit back, relax and let the good times roll, as the master once said. Things will take it’s course and people will revolt against the current state of things when the moment is right. Fact is that when bands quote Unleashed and Darkified I’m not going to badmouth them.

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