Cryptic Realms are an international band that h as been featured before in this zine with members from Mexico, Greece, Brazil and The United States that plays an old school form of death metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "Enraptured By Horror" which was released as a joint effort by Death In Pieces Records and Iron, Blood And Death Corp.
Distorted sounds and bells start off the album before going into more of a dark and heavier direction which also uses a great amount of morbid sounding melodies while the vocals are ostly death metal growls and the music is more rooted in the mid 80's and early 90's era of the genre and the solos and leads are very dark and melodic.
All of the songs sound like they could of easily been recorded and released more than 25 years ago and when t he music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard and there is also a brief use of spoken word parts and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Cryptic Realms creates another recording t hat remains true to the old school style of death metal of their previous releases, the production has a very vintage early 90's sound 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 album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Doomed Cathedrals" "Sinister Force Descends" and "Act Of Derengement". 8 out of 10.