About five months ago, I went to the Soundcloud page for Southern Lord Records to hear an early-release track from Crypt Rot. I proceeded to listen to “Chapters of Torment” just about every day for the next couple weeks. Shortly after, I learned they were playing at The Power of the Riff this past December in LA. I was already scheduled to shoot the fest so I was excited to see these newcomers live.
As I said in my corresponding Power of the Riff piece, their set was the best way to open a festival, hands down. To be honest, I was super bummed that more people didn’t get to see them. Being the first band on the first day of a bill is tough, and doing so while being relatively new is even more tough. Those of you that missed them really missed something special, but you can do yourselves a favor and catch their tour this coming summer.
We’re finally coming up on the release of their debut album Embryonic Devils, and I was afforded the chance to hear it in full. I have to say, from the opening track with the almost campy haunted house sound effects (squeaking door) to the closing track “Internal Organ Feast,” I was completely engrossed, and ended up listening to it three times on my way home without batting an eye. In addition, the members of the band have names such as “Father Flesh” and “The Executioner,” so you should have a good idea of what you are getting into.
The opening track, “Chapters of Torment,” which after five months I am very familiar with, rolls right into what has become my favorite track on the album. I plan on catching these guys when they hit NYC in May and I have to say that if “Scaphist Waste” doesn’t inspire a pretty fierce pit, then in my opinion no song can. It’s raw, fast, and just damn good, with Father Flesh’s vocals tearing through the song and super heavy riffs breaking things up and getting the head banging.
Even when CR slow things down a little with “Pit of Morbidity” it doesn’t feel out of place. If anything, I think it gives the band even more dynamic and proof of talent. The addition of the vocals by Rotten Mistress is what takes this song from great to incredible. She has the perfect voice to compliment the male vocals – both haunting and achingly beautiful.
There really isn’t a moment in this album when I think to myself, man, I’m kind of getting bored, or I wish this song had this or the album had that. For a debut album, this is a solid starting point and I look forward to seeing where this crew from Ohio goes next.
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