Cryptic Shift are a band from the United Kingdom that plays a progressive mixture of death and thrash metal and this is a review of t heir 2016 ep "Beyond the Celestial Realms" which was released by Nightbreaker Productions.
A sci-fi orientated atmosphere starts off the ep along with some clean guitars a few seconds later and after the intro the music goes into more of an old school thrash metal direction along with some death metal growls and you can also hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording.
When the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and the music goes for a mid 80's style which is more closer to the death metal style when it was still evolving out of thrash and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and clean playing also makes a return in certain sections of some of the tracks which gives the music more of a progressive feeling while the solos and leads are done in a very melodic yet technical style and the vocals also mix in screams at times.
Cryptic Shift plays a musical style that goes back to t he mid 80's mixing both the death and thrash metal styles of that era with some progressive structures, the production sounds very old school while the lyrics cover science fiction, war and perception themes.
In my opinion Cryptic Shift are a very great sounding old school and progressive mixture of death and thrash metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Voyage Through Dimesnsions" and "Glacial Reclamation". 8 out of 10.