Formed in 2019, Crypta are an interesting death metal band featuring a conglomeration of women from various other metal walks of life. There is vocalist/bassist Fernanda Lira and drummer Luana Dametto, both former members of Nervosa. Add massive riffs from guitarists Sonia Anubis (Cobra Spell, ex-Burning Witches) and Taina Bergamaschi (ex-Hagbard), and you have musicianship that is commendable and skillful.
“Awakening” begins Echoes of the Soul, Crypta‘s debut, like an intro to some horror movie, and then you are immediately tossed into the blackened metal bedlam of “Starvation.” I could picture this song being played as a backdrop to a zombie movie as the helpless victim tries to ward off a herd.
Some of the tracks come close to grindcore speed. “Possessed” and “Death Arcana” boast thrash-soaked execution. Continuing a relentless assault, “Shadow Within” showcases immense riffing to batter those ear drums. Meanwhile, “Dark Night of the Soul” starts off in a melodic death manner that gives it a sinister flair.
Crypta‘s Echoes of the Soul is not necessarily a standout album, but rather, it features “comfortable” death metal akin to covering yourself with an old, warm blanket on a cold evening. The song structures are straightforward, nothing too technical, but performed with excellent precision.
Echoes of the Soul is out June 11 on Napalm Records. Buy it here!