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Cryptic Dissolution – “More gurgling and mid-tempo Death Metal for your fucking ears”

cryptic dissolution – “more gurgling and mid-tempo death metal for your fucking ears”

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There is a lot of talk about Russia, especially lately, but it is rarely about the good metal bands that the country has to offer. Recently I heard the great Bitter Loss from Saint-Petersburg and reviewed the well-deserved reissue of Mortem‘s ‘Amputator’ album. The debut of the Moscow-based Cryptic Dissolution also crossed my path and I was blown away by the brutal violence of this trio. That was enough reason to have this short interview with guitarist and vocalist Yuriy.


It might not be the most adventurous way to open an interview, but since Cryptic Dissolution is a rather new band, a little introduction might be just in place. Who are the three of you and what does Cryptic Dissolution bring to you?
We started to play in a band with Nick back in 2018. Before Cryptic Dissolution we had a band called Constrained Ferocity, also in the death metal genre, but with grindcore elements, influenced by bands like Dead Infection and General Surgery. Then the new songs became more and more in the old school death metal way, so we decided to reorganize the band as Cryptic Dissolution.

If I am well informed, your debut was recorded by you and drummer Nikita, so Bassist Andrej joined a little later?
Absolutely right. That’s our first experience as three-piece band, because we played as two-piece back in Constrained Ferocity times.

If I am right the three of you know each other from another band, Exist Enslaved, too. Is Cryptic Dissolution a side-project to Exist Enslaved, or is it more the other way around?
I think Exist Enslaved is absolutely different band with another vibe to music and lyrics. I can’t call this band our side project, it’s a totally different thing from Cryptic Dissolution

With Exist Enslaved you play a more Black/Death style with some hints out of the Crustpunk scene, especially in the vocals I hear a nice dose of Crust. Can you also introduce that band a little?
It’s very surprising to hear that Exist Enslaved plays something like death or black. For me – this is our take on the British wave of crust punk music and bands like Extinction Of Mankind, Excrement Of War and Hellbastard. For me personally, Exist Enslaved is the Broken Bones in their semi-metal era, then they start to mix crust punk with thrash metal. We have the same line-up in this band, as in Cryptic Dissolution, but also with the front-woman.

Back to Cryptic Dissolution. In my review I referred to bands such as Coffins, Krypts and Rottrevore. What bands would you say are the main musical influences on your sound?
Since I started doing guitar stuff, old school metal bands had a strong influence on my playing style and my vision of songs. Obituary, Morbid Angel, Carnage, Nihilist, Fleshcrawl, Unleashed, Interment, Entrails, Cianide, Pungent Stench and of course a lot of a thrash/death/black metal bands like Possessed, Nunslaughter, Incantation, Morbid Saint, Necrophobic etc.

The music you present on your debut is pretty stripped-down from any frills and serves basic and hard-hitting Death Metal, is that also the style you can best relate to yourself?
I think this mid-tempo classic death metal is for all people, who don’t want to stand like statues during the show.

Can you tell me a little on the concept of the band, what are the lyrics based on? If that is important for you to begin with?
Most lyrics are about my personal understanding of Satanism and also about human stupidity. We have really strong Christian and political propaganda here in Russia, so this is a personal thing to me.

‘Morbific Reminiscences In Physical Forms’ saw the light of day through the Italian tape label Dismal Fate Records. How did you get in touch with them? And Are we going to see the album released on other physical formats too? Especially a vinyl edition would please me personally.
Nothing fancy, they contacted us one day and gave us a record offer. Dismal Fate already did the tape version of our full-length and another label, Old Shadow Records, will do the CD version. We hope to release the album on vinyl in near the future too.

The Moscow scene brought forth quite a few interesting Death Metal bands lately. How would you describe the local scene in Russia’s capitol? Any bands that you particularly like to highlight?
Our scene is VERY small. Four or five bands in Moscow and the same goes for Saint-Petersburg. But all bands are really great, we all have good relationships. We have two concerts-presentations in October with our friends of Grond and Caustic Vomit. So, check them out, great bands!

Follow Yuriy’s advice: we have covered Grond with two reviews and Caustic Vomit with a review and an interview. And speaking of other bands and influences, one of my favourite questions to ask, because it gives quite some insight in the musicians personality and mind. Can you name me a few of your favourite records of all time and what have you been able to buy or listen to lately and really enjoy?

Easy!

  1. Venom – Black Metal – My desert island album 100%.
  2. Unleashed – Where No Life Dwells – Absolutely phenomenal band with unique sound.
  3. Nihilist – Early Demos 1987-1989 – Totally savage and raw. Must have.
  4. Cadaver – Hallucinating Anxiety – This is a fucking killing machine with guitars. No need to introduce.
  5. Morbid Saint – Spectrum Of Death – Thrash metal the way I like it!
  6. Nunslaughter – Hells Unholy Fire – Best black/thrash album in my opinion.
  7. Repulsion – Horrified – Those riffs man, total classic.
  8. Slaughter Lord – Thrash ’til Death – Another classic, no comments.
  9. Aura Noir – Deep Tracts of Hell – THAT sound that I never can achieve.
  10. Terrorizer – World Downfall – One of the first albums that I bought with my own money. Sick!

What can we expect in the (near) future from Cryptic Dissolution?
More gurgling and mid-tempo death metal for your fucking ears, of course!

Thank you for accepting the interview and answering my questions. I would like to give you the last words to round off this interview.
Cheers!