Krypts
Unending Degradation


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
February 12th, 2013 | 125 replies


Release Date: 02/19/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Unending death metal depravity

If Unending Degradation could be summed up in two words, they would be murky filth. In most other genres, such a designation wouldn’t necessarily be the best kind of compliment, but in the department that Finland’s Krypts operate in it is an admirable trait. They have made small waves in the underground since their 2009 demo Open the Crypt, and what praise has been hurled their way has been entirely justified. It is not every day that a band can unleash such impossibly heavy lurches that comprise their core riffing while still maintaining some aspect of movement and sonic progression that pushes their music deeper and deeper into the festering depths of this flavor of death metal. While Open the Crypt was just a slight scent of the putrid offerings that Krypts could put forth, Unending Degradation is the full foulness that many had longed for, making it a death metal release that has purpose, meaning, and the talent to make it come alive in all its grotesqueness.

While three of the tracks on Unending Degradation were lifted from their debut demo, that doesn’t mean that this is a “been there, done that” affair. The entire production has been revamped, and surprisingly it wasn’t for the worse. The lows have been slammed to the ground to create a satisfying crunch and a very conspicuous heaviness that permeates the guttural vocals, thundering riffs, and even the deep bass. The hurried desperation of the riffing in “Open the Crypt” uses frantic drums and sharp bass plucking to set the tone of the track – a motif used quite frequently throughout the album’s eight tracks. On the other hand, the album wouldn’t be the same if it hadn’t retained a prominence of murky, down-tempo riffing that gives tracks like “Dormancy of the Ancients” or “Inhale...” such presence on an album filled with memorable moments. The new tracks and the old melt together with impossible fluidity, with old and new as well as long and short tracks working together to make the beast come alive.

The album, though, is at its best when its two distinct styles – quick, crunchy riffing and crawling movements – are intertwined. The absolute depravity of “Beneath the Archaic” is the essence of what Krypts are about: death metal that has mountains of substance and character instead of flat heaviness. The dissonant riffing lurking in the background of many tracks creates both melody and mood; an almost eerie accent to an already unpleasant album in terms of its theme. The visceral bellows that permeate the vocals cement in the notion that the album is not around to appease a wide fan base by bringing in unnecessary attributes – the album is intentionally focused in a way that obviously hinders creativity, but in a way that isn’t necessarily detracting from the finished work. Anyone who listens to a Krypts record shouldn’t be surprised at all by what they hear – this is old school Finnish death metal incarnate, that is what you should expect and that is what you get. Think of the most horrifying, desolate, ominous, or depraved exhumations depicted in a tale by someone such as Lovecraft, and put that mental picture in sonic form. That sound – that is what Unending Degradation is.




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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is exactly what I wanted to hear.

Finnish dm is best dm.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7041 Comments


I was hoping this doesn't come close to flopping. Now just to locate it...

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


18483 Comments


If Unending Degradation could be summed up in two words, they would be murky filth.


somebody give this man a promotion

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Ignimbrite
February 11th 2013


5343 Comments


Oooohhh, sweet.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

somebody give this man a promotion


already at the top nowhere to go from here but down

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7041 Comments


This does sound pretty sweet.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


18483 Comments


already at the top nowhere to go from here but down


but just think, you could be the next deviant

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Beneath the Archaic" if anyone wants to hear:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdWcSQLKp5s

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


3450 Comments


Album Rating: 4.0


No .1 increments? I'm shocked and impressed.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


7041 Comments


Reads like a 4.1 ; ]

They don't have to experiment with the ratings all day, every day Will.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


6105 Comments


The album, though, is at its best when its two distinct styles – quick, crunchy riffing and crawling movements – are intertwined

Gotta check this out.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a 4.1 not a 3.9 a 4 fits this just right.

Actually have yet to rate anything in the .1 increments.

Tyrael
February 11th 2013


20877 Comments


Stoked for this

great work Kyle

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2013


16395 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You'll like it for sure. Have you heard their demo?

ShadowRemains
February 11th 2013


20736 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah

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BallsToTheWall
February 11th 2013


44378 Comments


oh shit

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GiaNXGX
February 11th 2013


4867 Comments


finnish death metal is the best death metal[2]

whoa, bet this rips.

CK
February 11th 2013


4916 Comments


"Finnish dm is best dm."

Bro, bro, bro.... dem Swedes

AdolfChrist
February 11th 2013


1763 Comments


i am fucking stoked for this.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 12th 2013


21095 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review as always, will definitely be checking this out.

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