Evolution is essential to survival. In the ever-changing world of heavy music, that’s an undeniable reality. As the march of time gathers speed and threatens to crush us all under its heels, it’s time to make way for the futuristic multi-metal eruption of CRYPTOSIS. Formerly known throughout the European metal underground as old school thrash mob Distillator, Laurens Houvast [vocals/guitar], Frank te Riet [bass/mellotron/backing vocals] and Marco Prij [drums] have undergone a wholesale transformation and upgrade, resulting in a band with a sound that is guaranteed to blow minds and wreck necks.
CRYPTOSIS have a sound that defies expectations and limitations with equal intensity. A dizzying blend of visceral extremity, symphonic pomp and wild, progressive invention, the songs on Bionic Swarm showcase a supremely passionate band with a unique and ingenious take on metal’s amorphous rudiments. Elements of blackened death, progressive thrash and grandiose symphonic metal are all present and correct, but Cryptosis have combined them in an exhilarating, unprecedented new form that promises to satisfy on both primal and cerebral levels.
Their debut album ‘Bionic Swarm’ (Released march 26 – 2021 on Century Media Records) is a concept album that explores the potential horrors of a dystopian future where runaway technology controls humanity in a variety of sinister ways, Bionic Swarm provides instant proof that Cryptosis were right to forge a new path that reflects the warped sci-fi grimoire that informs their lyrics.
Reborn as forward-thinking explorers of the extreme metal cosmos, Cryptosis is what happens when metal is allowed to evolve, to expand and to breathe. An invigorating shot in the arm for the entire metal scene, Bionic Swarm was one of 2021’s most talked-about debuts. Released on Century Media Records, this first chapter in the Cryptosis story will have you gripped from the start.