Once Holy Realm
The nearly black cover art is an apt portrayal of the contents within: dark, brutal, and dangerous. Fort Waynes own death metal mavens Cryptic follow up their successful EP, Prophecy of Hate, with their first full-length release. Recorded and mixed locally at Ensomberoom Studio and released by Dark Horizon Records, a local label with an international distribution, Once Holy Realm is sure to propel this band to infamy.
While the EP was a great first punch, the new album is a kick in the groin. Gone are the keyboards that, while used to nice effect, somehow just never seem to blend well with death metal. The band - consisting of guitarist Bill Klug, vocalist Terry Linn, bassist Rick LaSalle and new members Jason Hatzell (drums) and Keeb Sutton (second guitar) - concentrates on lightning-fast riffs that drive a stake through your heart. But even though the guitars are amazingly fast, each of the eight songs is over five minutes long, with the title track topping the nine-minute mark! Such expansive sonic territory gives the songs time to breath and grow. Clean, yet flanged guitars break the mega-distorted onslaught from time to time, allowing the listener just enough time for a quick, cruel, teasing breath before being held again under the murky waters of a stagnant swamp.
Two songs especially piqued my ear. Bloodsoaked Memories is quite chilling, where raspy, dead vocals are joined by a deeper, growling ranting that is very horrific. Embranced By Darkness pulls a fast one, opening with a peaceful intro that lulls you into a false sense of security. But Cryptic arent about to start churning out ballads, and it isnt long before the kick drums smash in your face and the guitars sandblast the skin off your face, leaving a happy, grinning skull in its wake.
The old-style speed metal mixed with black metal presents a nice amalgam that should appeal to a wide audience. While I cant understand the lyrics (and thus cant comment on them), vocalist Linn resists the urge to sport the standard low growl (although it does appear occasionally, but always to great effect due to its absence elsewhere). Instead, his vocalizings sound more like a demon-possessed witch being tortured - very creepy indeed! The massive double-kick drum pops right in at the start of Ageless Winds of War and doesnt stop until the final seconds of Requiem of Fate wind down. That man must have colossal calves! The double guitars form an unbreakable union, shredding constantly with vicious solos and deafening riffs. And the bassist holds it all together with an insane fury that surely has worn all the skin from his fingers, leaving bloody, boney nubs.
This dark assault is available through www.darkhorizon666.com and should be required listening for die-hard fans of Cannibal Corpse and Meshuggah.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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Fantasy of Lights — Drive-thru Christmas lighting displays, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 7-8; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 11-15; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 16-17; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Dec. 18-22; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 23-24; 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 25-29; 6-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 30-31,Franke Park, Fort Wayne, $5-$10 per carload, $10-$15 per 15-passenger van, $25-$30 per bus or trolley, 755-1900
Festival of Gingerbread — Gingerbread creations made by preschoolers through professional baking artists on display, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 7-8; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 9-10; 12-5 p.m Sunday, Dec. 11, History Center, Fort Wayne, $4-$6, 426-2882
Drowning Pool w/Gemini Syndrome, Red Tide Rising — at Rusty Spur Saloon, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., $18-$50, 755-3465
Natalie Grant w/Danny Gokey — Country at Honeywell Center, Wabash, 7:30 p.m., $20-$50, 563-1102
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
Open Jam — Hosted by G-Money at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, (260) 482-6425
Open Mic — Variety at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 415-6167
Open Mic — Hosted by Chilly Addams at Beamer's Sports Grill, Fort Wayne, 8-11 p.m., no cover, 625-1002
Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Riverview Tavern, Decatur, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 724-3500
American Idol Karaoke w/Brian — Variety at AJ's Bar and Grill, 8 p.m., 434-1980 , no cover
SureShot Karaoke w/David — Variety at Bar 145, 8 p.m.-12 a.m., 209-2117 , no cover
American Idol Karaoke w/TJ — Chevvy's, 9 p.m.,
American Idol Karaoke w/Josh — Karaoke at Columbia Street West, 9:30 p.m., 422-5055 , no cover
Three Rivers Karaoke — Dupont Bar & Grill, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., 483-1311 , no cover
WiseGuy Entertainment w/Josh — Variety at Martin's Tavern, 10 p.m., 357-4290 , no cover
Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu — Variety at Office Tavern, 8 p.m., 478-5827 , no cover
Karaoke — Variety at Wrigley Field Bar & Grill, 10 p.m., 485-1038 , no cover
Great Russian Nutcracker — Holiday performance by Moscow Ballet, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $32-$178 thru Ticketmaster and Embassy box office, 424-5665
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Alexandra Hall — Whimsical painting, giclee print and ink drawings, Tuesday-Sunday thru Dec. 31, Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Fort Wayne, $3-$5 (2 and under, free), 427-6440
Alumni/Faculty Exhibition — Works from alumni and current and retired faculty from the School of Creative Arts, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 18 , Weatherhead Gallery, USF Rolland Art Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Art for the Holidays — Handmade ornaments and Nativities from local artists, Monday-Saturday thru Dec. 31, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Festival of Wreaths — Holiday exhibition of Christmas wreathes, daily thru Dec. 30, Creative Arts Council, Bluffton, 824-5222.
Fort Wayne, American Monologue — A new body of Fort Wayne-based works by Oakland, California-based artist Brett Armory, Tuesday-Sunday thru Feb. 26, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
John Baeder Takes Wing on a Higher Road — Hyper-realist art from one of the 20th century’s most important artists, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan 22 , Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $6-$8 (members, free), 422-6467
Master Prints — Diverse collection of prints acquired by the university over the past 15 years, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 22, Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Nature’s Thread — Works by Nancy Fritz and Lizabeth Yager, daily thru Jan. 16, 2017, The Gallery at Pranayoga School, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational — Fifteen outdoor sculptures from regional artists, daily thru April 30, School of Creative Arts campus, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Regional Art Educators’ Exhibition — Works from educators in secondary school art education, daily thru Dec. 8, Visual Arts Gallery, IPFW, Fort Wayne, 481-6977
Robert Kipniss: The Whispering Light — Recent painted and printed works by American artist, Tuesday-Sunday thru Jan. 22, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
SOCA Student Highlights Exhibition: Animation — Works from students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts’ animation program, Monday-Friday thru 18 , John P. Weatherhead Gallery and Goldfish Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
SOCA Student Postcard Show — Small works by students enrolled in USF’s School of Creative Arts, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 18 , Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Women in Art: A Celebration — Works by Gwen Gutwein, Barbara Nohinek, Patricia Weiss, Cara Lee Wade, Elizabeth Wamsley, Marcy Neiditz, Suzanne Galazka, Diane Groenert and more, Tuesday-Saturday thru Jan. 15 , Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Artlink Educational Programs — Art classes offered by Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, dates and times vary, Artlink, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-7195
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Workshops — Workshops and classes for movement, dance, yoga and more offered by Fort Wayne Dance Collective, dates and times vary, Fort Wayne Dance Collective, Fort Wayne, fees vary, 424-6574
IPFW Community Arts Academy— Art, dance, music and theater classes for grades pre-K through 12 offered by IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts, fees vary, 481-6977, www.ipfw.edu/caa
Sweetwater Academy of Music — Private lessons for a variety of instruments available from professional instructors, ongoing weekly lessons, Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, call for pricing, 432-8176, academy.sweetwater.com