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Review: Crypta - Echoes of the Soul
Echoes of the Soul

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 41:46
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: June 22, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Echoes of the Soul

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

This is the debut album from former members of Nervosa, Fernanda Lira and Luana Dametto who are joined by Taina Bergamaschi (ex-Hellgard) and Sonia Anubis (ex-Burning Witches).

This being ex-members of Nervosa, the comparisons are going to be inevitable. One big difference between the two is Crypta is way more in the Death Metal genre than they are Thrash Metal like Nervosa. There are certain sections that come across as Thrash Metal, especially in the guitar riffs. This, however, is a lot more aggressive than Nervosa in the delivery. The vocals, although not guttural, have a snarling and angry delivery that leaves a feeling that this is not a woman you would want to make angry. The drums are pounding and have fills that will make this one hell of a workout in a live setting. The guitars absolutely shred throughout with some killer tremolo riffing and leads that truly stand out. The leads are great overall, but if you want a great example just check out track 7, "Kali," which is my personal favorite on the album along with track 9, "Dark Night of the Soul," with its Middle Eastern vibe that makes me think a bit of Melechesh. The only nitpick I have is the production and that some songs can be a bit long. The production I find a bit "cold", especially where the drums are concerned. Both nitpicks are extremely minor, however, as the album is extremely good overall. When you consider this is a debut album, the sky is the limit for this band.

Overall, if you are looking for some top-quality Death Metal that has some Thrash Metal leanings, this album would be the perfect choice. This would be a perfect album to let someone listen to who is not a fan of the Death Metal genre. It really is a great "bridge the gap" type of album. Highly recommended.

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