Occult Crypt
Exterminate


4.5
superb

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
June 25th, 2012 | 45 replies | 2,926 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A stunning black metal record from this young German group.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

It is a warm, sunny afternoon. The sky is clear and the sun is gentle to the touch. It is so quiet that you could hear a pin drop, at least until you hear a rumble in the distance. There is a crowd outside standing silent in mutual anticipation. Runic banners have been raised high as the gleaming sun reflects upon the emblazoned totenkopfs of the Schutzstaffel. There they march, mute, proud and defiant in their ornate black uniforms. Blue eyes as cold as winter, stoic faces showing no trace of emotion, rifles in arms, the S.S march upon the land to embark upon a journey of great violence to ensure that racial purity will be achieved. The traitorous dogs will be put down.The streets will run deep with the blood of the wicked as the master race will prevail.

"Exterminate" is one of the finest modern black metal albums that I've ever heard. The first full-length from the German death-squad Occult Crypt finds the band playing a heroic form of black metal, encompassing elements of old and new alike with raw aggression, extraordinary songwriting ability and triumphant atmosphere defining it's core concepts. The album, although only twenty five minutes in length wastes no time in bludgeoning your skull with galloping riffs, inspired soloing and abominable vocals. The album displays a defiantly anthemic quality that cannot be quenched, that cannot be beaten, that cannot destroyed even in the face of death. It puts you into the shoes of the Nazis at their grandiose peak. You feel dignified. You feel invincible.

The guitars lead the battle in a stunning display of ferocity and melody. A lot of black metal bands cannot write interesting song patterns to save their lives but Occult Crypt excel on every front. Their foundation is based upon creating catchy, heavy riffs that leave a mark upon your skull like a bloody hammer being swung repeatedly. Tremolo picking is incorporated in a way that makes the music downright sinister. Soloing is also used, adding both artistic flair and emotional depth to the music. The music reeks of an atmosphere that is divided between melancholy and ecstasy. It's a stark contrast that uniquely benefits the music.

Vocals alternate between the death and black metal spectrum. There are snarls and growls being performed in a vitriolic manner, both equally corrosive and manic. These styles come off as sounding particularly evil, contributing greatly to the atmosphere and aggression of the record. Audio soundbites and distinct martial industrial influences are also incorporated through the recording which helps further exemplify the ominous mood.

Another strong aspect of "Exterminate" is the rhythm section, particularly the percussion. The drums are violent and abrupt, much like a blitzkrieg being performed in action. The marital industrial influence rears it's head up strongest in this respect. In the intros of "Nebelwerfer" and "As The Machine Rolled On" you are greeted with militaristic chugging and bleak ambience that leads you to believe that something bad is going to happen. Bass is kind of lost in all of the bedlam of "Exterminate" but I'm not really too concerned about that.

The beauty of this record is that it sounds nothing like it's 2010 counterparts. With the muddy production, the hateful atmosphere and the festering aggression one would think that this was a long lost 90's tape. "Exterminate" isn't however, nor is it some trendy retro album attempting to molest the malevolent spirit of true black metal. There is no false pretense, there is no posturing here. No goofy band pictures or hypocritical doctrines. What you're left with is a scathing, intricate piece of black metal in it's most dynamic form. An album this creative simply needs to be heard by any legitimate black metal enthusiast. I don't care what your personal beliefs are, throw them to the side. As you should anytime you listen to black metal really.



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BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album needs to be longer, it's so good but just so fucking short.

CaptainDooRight
June 25th 2012



26405 Comments


cool gonna check bro pos

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Goosestepping like a G6.

NathanReece
June 25th 2012



53 Comments


This kvlt?

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nein.

ZedO
June 25th 2012



1096 Comments


After listening to many Germany thrash and power metal bands, perhaps this group will be the first Germany black metal act that I'll heard ;]

Pos'd hard, Balls!

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



15989 Comments


this better be good otherwise off to the gas chambers with you

Digging: Thergothon - Stream From The Heavens

CaptainDooRight
June 25th 2012



26405 Comments


"hard, Balls"

lol

also, frog cript waltz like a tombraider

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You wont be disappointed toots.

Eclecticist
June 25th 2012



3863 Comments


an Autopsy cover? wow.

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah...oh shit I forgot to mention that.

Eclecticist
June 25th 2012



3863 Comments


Making me resort to checking the track listing for covers? Neg.

Kidding! Great review man.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



15989 Comments


NSBM that riffs and kriegs and has guitar solos, I'm liking what I'm hearing. Riffage in "Heldenepos
Stalingrad" is m/

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah....really love the industrial influence too. Celestial kitty agrees.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



15989 Comments


celestial kitty stands amazed in the wake of this album

BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Deluxe-Celestial-Kitty-VENETIAN-Masquerade-Cat-Mask-Hand-Made-in-Italy/130661357837

I want this mask.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 25th 2012



15989 Comments


http://www.amazon.com/Accoutrements-12027-Horse-Head-Mask/dp/B003G4IM4S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340660093&sr=8-1&keywords=horse+mask

been meaning to buy one of these for months now

CaptainDooRight
June 25th 2012



26405 Comments


m/




BallsToTheWall
June 25th 2012



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice, perfect mask for yiffing.

CaptainDooRight
June 25th 2012



26405 Comments


and beastiality



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