Cryptodira – The Devil’s Despair (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:53 minutes | 554 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Good Fight Music
When a record is presented to you as a progressive death metal mixture of the best parts of bands like Between the Buried and Me and Black Crown Initiate by It Djents’ resident music snob (I won’t say any names), it’s hard not to jump on it like a pack of hungry wolves jump a wounded moose. This was the case with Long Island, NY-based band Cryptodira’s album, The Devil’s Despair, and it wasn’t the only superlative being thrown around either.
So naturally, my first question was: ‘What is it about this record that made that particular person change their mind about what they previously believed to be a mediocre post-metal/prog-death hybrid?’ Well, it’s hard to pinpoint one big single reason; there are different elements at play that shape The Devil’s Despair into its impressive form, elements which I’d like to outline further while having a look at some of the album’s songs.
02. Constituted: I. Constitutum
03. Constituted: II. Constituens
04. Medusa Misgendered
05. The Gods of Epicurus
06. Longing Belonging
07. In Hell as on Earth
08. The Fascist’s Phantasy
09. Negation Consumes Affirmation
10. Negation Consumes Itself