Cryptic Realms are an international band with members from U.s, Greece, Brazil, and Mexico that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very old school form of death metal and this is a review of their 2016 ep "The Rotten is Still Alive" which was released by Dark Recollections in March.
Classical guitars start off the ep and they utilize a great amount of finger picking and after the glass breaks the intro ends and goes into a very heavy and raw old school sound along with some death metal growls that are very easy to understand and the music is very heavily rooted in the 90's.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they remain true to an old school style of death metal and you can also h ear a good amount of melody in some of the riffing and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard while the music is very heavily influenced by the Swedish style of the genre and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and screams on one of the songs and classical guitars also make a return on the last track.
Cryptic Realms creates another recording that is very heavily rooted in the early 90's style of death metal and goes back to the rawer side of the genre and ignoring any trends of the last 25 years, the production sound s very old school while the lyrics cover death, the undead and gore themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cryptic Realms and if you are a fan of old school death metal, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Begging To be Dead" and "Shadows Disgrace". 8 out of 10.