Hailing from Illinois, CRYPTUM was formed in the spring of 2020 towards the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This group of long-time friends, armed with a strong adoration for thrash and death metal, envisioned a band that encapsulated their favorite aspects of these genres while balancing a perfect blend of both old-school and new-school death metal. Their influences span the mosh-laden riffs of Exodus and the pummeling brutality of Suffocation to bands that offer stranger riffs within vintage death metal, such as Pestilence, Immolation, and Morbid Angel, all contributing to CRYPTUM’s sound.
CRYPTUM’s debut demo, Enter the Cryptum, was a meat-and-potatoes death metal offering with hints at what they eventually hoped to achieve in future releases. Clocking in at under 10 minutes, it laid the foundation for the sound they continue to expand upon with every new song. The three tracks showcased everything from their fast-paced, mosh-worthy passages to Morbid Angel-inspired riffs, all with nasty and punishing riffs throughout.
Hot on that first demo’s heels is the new EP Vile Emergence, which is a more refined version of what Enter the Cryptum had to offer. Here, CRYPTUM have further consolidated their songwriting to help bring a more defined and individual sound to their music while still maintaining their overall style and old-school influence. Swift and satisfying, Vile Emergence comprises four songs in 16 minutes, laying waste and getting the fuck outta there. Enter the CRYPTUM again and behold its garish new grime!