Genre: Crust Punk/Grind/Thrash/Black Metal/Hardcore
Website: Redefining Darkness Records
YouTube Channel: Redefining Darkness Youtube
Location: Ohio, USA
Release Title: Nocturnal Deterioration/Memento Mori
Release Type: Digital/Limited Edition Cassette
Release Year: 2018
Label: Redefining Darkness Records
Total Time: 20 minutes
A double dose of Ohio hatred here; easily some of the meanest stuff I’ve heard from the area in years. The area known for its dirty downtempo bands and merciless hardcore beatings, sees an entry into the pure crusty punk/metal arena with each band offering up an EPs worth of material on Side A and Side B of this split, respectively.
Crypt Rot is filthy and fast. Opener “Butchered Slumber” runs scorching Discharge/Extreme Noise Terror styled punk pacing, blasting drums and chainsaw chopped vocals through a mangled meatgrinder of twin guitar surgery that breaks into a few slower, wandering melodies that change up the pace nicely. The solos are frenzied and some of the crawling and surgical tempo changes push that spiteful Norwegian black influence to the front. “Serpentine Atonement” is even weirder and more winding, augmenting the scalding metallic textures by sprinkling clean guitars, keys and intricately and individually picked bass notes atop a lost in the mental home intro labyrinth. Volumes slowly ascend to a peak of gritty, discordant stop/start riffs and rhythmic gutwrench that blaze, blur and pick flesh from bone with a rusty icepick. Dueling screams, growls, shouts and some soaring soulful singing from keyboardist Allie “Rotten Misstress” Dioneff lends the tune dynamics and a lot of replay value.
A bit more straightforward and nose-in-the-dirt crust, Cringe lay into “Searing Sin” with a huge, rolling hardcore riff, setting the stage for scraggly noise guitar leads and wall smashing punk rock charges. It’s hard to pin down where they are coming from but I’m feeling some Negative Approach, His Hero is Gone and Tragedy. Thanks to some dive-bombing, nuke n’ run guitar solos there’s also a healthy metal element here that will go down well with fans of classic Slayer even. “Tribulation” kicks off with a staggering, Enemy of the Sun styled psychedelic build-up, eventually laying waste to melody with sleazebag sludge riffs, scaling twin guitars and eventual mid-tempo thrash curmudgeon. Closer “Flesh Famine” is easily the most insane of the band’s trio of offerings, even going into that Cali-caveman punk/grind with vocals and jarring blast tempos to match cult-speedfreaks Benumb (through there’s a helluva lot more crazed guitar action).
A short, sweet split like this deserves a short sweet review. There’s no Shakespeare to wax when writing about this deadly pairing, because Crypt Rot and Cringe are out to chop off heads rather than take pistols at 10 paces. Anyone that’s into the faster, rotten underbelly of Ohio music will be sure dig this stuff.
- Evildead Jay