Uriel: Cryptic Realms was conceived in June 2015, by Uriel Aguillon (Gutwrench, Necrorite, Rotting Away) and Kostas Analytis (Abyssus, Soulskinner, Carnal Garden), after discussing the idea to work together in a classic Death Metal band / project, Cryptic Realms plays Classic Death Metal, strongly influenced by American bands such as Death, Massacre, Obituary etc also some european like Pestilence, Asphyx, Morgoth, etc
2. So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Uriel: Yes “Eve of Fatality” is the demo title, which contains 4 tracks of pure and unadultered Death Metal on its prime form, mid-paced Death presenting some outbursts of speed and brutality, just the necessary, very obscure atmospheres and gleams of melody filled in by the guitar solos, the song structure is simple but very effective, catchy and relentless riffage, Classic Death Metal in the vein of bands such as: early Death, early Pestilence, Obituary, Massacre.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band covers with the music?
Kostas: Actually, I write for fantasy horror themes, zombies, serial killers etc. Think of cult movies like 'Night of the Living Dead", 'Dementia 13", "The Hills Have eyes" etc. Lyrics that fit best with our music!
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Cryptic Realms''?
Uriel: the name of the band was directly taken from the Massacre song with the same name, was suggested by Kostas as a tribute to one of the pioneer Death Metal bands.
5. All of the band members live in different parts of the world, how does this work with the recording process?
Tersis: The guitar solos is the last part always... so I have time to listen to the songs, catch the atmosphere and then I compose the solo lines. And I really enjoy it! It's very good to work with Cryptic Realms, very dedicated and cool guys. We talk almost every day about metal in general.
Victor. This is a regular question in interviews. Actually, it works quite well since we are in the same musical mood. Uriel is the main composer and he sends all tracks in demo format, to the rest of the band. We listen to this, we compose our lines and arrangements, and then we record our instruments and parts. Finally, Uriel reunites everything and mixes digitally. We can say that we are a band that takes advantage of technology in 100% to make music. We are not nerds or that shit. We are old metalheads with our own bands, but we also don’t give a shit on what purists say about music composed with help of technology. We use technology as a tool, but we also know about live rehearsals, and we love them.
6. Are there any plans in the future to turn 'Cryptic Realms', into a live band or is this always going to be strictly a studio project?
Victor. It would be awesome if we play live someday. Of course we are planning to reunite and play some gigs in the future, but at the moments it’s impossible. For now, our duties with our regular jobs and respective bands are priority.
7. So far the demo has been released on both 'Weed Hunter Records' and 'Bloody Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about both of these labels?
Uriel: Weed Hunter Records is from Germany, Killer small underground label releasing very great stuff, mostly Death Metal, and they released the demo on black pro tape limited to 166 copies, and Bloody Productions is from Spain, another killer label releasing great stuff as well, they did the Vinyl 7” EP on black wax, and is limited to 500 copies.
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death metal?
Victor. We made a promotion campaign for the demo through a large list of webzines and printed fanzines, some months ago. In general, the demo was good received by people who like classic sound in death metal. Of course they mention musical references like Massacre, Asphyx, Obituary, Cancer, among others, which is an honour. People expect the next step for the band and we promise it will be really good.
9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Tersis: I'm currently recording lead guitars Cryptic Realms and for the new MCD "The Rotten is Alive" I also recorded acoustic guitars and drums. Besides that, I play guitar on a death metal band called Offal and we have just released our 3rd full-length album "Horrorfiend" on Razorback Records. I'm also recording rhythm and lead guitars for the heavy/doom band Archityrants and finally, I have a one-man-band project called Lutemkrat and soon a compilation digipack CD will be available on Mindscrape Music (it was a crowdfunding project and it's going to the be available on a few days).
Victor: I’m bass player of TRITTON, a speed metal band in Mexico City. We are preparing the second album right now, and we are supposed to enter the Studio in April. Also, we are looking for a label interested. If things are ok, the album will be out in the half of the year.
Kostas: With ABYSSUS we are very active releasing our debut, 'Into The Abyss", on tape and vinyl as long as a compilation called ''Once Entombed..." from Transcending Obscurity which includes all the tracks ever recorded from the band
10. When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Tersis: We are already working on a full length and some songs are almost done. We are discussing some ideas and concepts for the album and there are a lot of things for us to do this year.
11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Tersis: I really love classic old-school Death and Black Metal. Besides that, I grow up listening to traditional Heavy Metal and that's something I will listen forever! I like other metal subgenres as well as other styles like jazz, blues, classic rock and some classical music.
Victor: Well, I’m big fan of classic heavy metal, like Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, DIO, etc. But love extreme metal in its different roots: death metal, black metal, doom metal, etc. I have a large list of bands I’m listening right now; as I have a blog and I review albums (www.zombieritualzine.com) Of course we all in the band have different musical tastes, which enrich the final result.
Kostas: Well the classic old school death metal bands of course are the main influence! Death, Massacre, Obituary, Possessed and so many others. Great bands that we shall pay tribute to their legacy. The last days I listen too much Venom and Tytan! I adore classic heavy metal!
12. What are some of your non musical interests?
Tersis: I work with graphic and interactive design, creating interfaces, doing web development and stuff like that. I really love it and I spend a lot of time doing things related to this. I also enjoy art in general, visual arts, movies, etc. And speaking of movies, horror films and trash cinema is certainly very present in my life (it's the main concept of my death metal band Offal).
Victor: My family, my dogs and horror movies.
Kostas: I love football like mad! I try to play at least two times the week football and watch as much matches I can!
13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts
Tersis: Thanks very much for your support, keep the old-school spirit alive and never surrender!
Victor: Thank you for your support. We really appreciate it. Keep the flame of underground press alive. Cheers!