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, Aug 31, 2016
whatzup2nite • Wednesday, August 31
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Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival — Classic car shows, 5K, live entertainment, craft show, Gatsby Gala Ball, historic tours, games and activities, ice cream social, swap meet and more, hours vary thru Sunday, Sept. 4, various locations, downtown Auburn, free (activity and admission fees may apply), 925-3600
Auctions America Auburn Fall Collector Car Weekend — Collector car auction, Auburn Auction Park, 12 p.m., $15/day ($50/full event pass), 877-906-2437
Worldwide Auctioneers 9th Annual The Auburn Auction — Bidder registration and vehicle check-in, National Auto & Truck Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $4-$8 (to view museum cars), 925-9100
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Chris Worth — Variety at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7:30-10:30 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Fort Wayne Comedy Connection — Comedy at Latch String Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 9 p.m., no cover, 483-5526
G-Money Band — Open jam at Nick's Martini & Wine Bar, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 482-6425
Open Mic — Variety at Pedal City, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 415-6167
Paul New Stewart & Kimmy Dean — Variety at Venice Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $1, 482-1618
Randy Kimball — Blues at Mad Anthony Ale House, Angola, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 833-2537
Soul35 — Soul & pop at Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, 5-9 p.m., $5, 424-5665
A.J.'s Bar & Grill — American Idol Karaoke w/Brian, 8 p.m.
AJ's — American Idol Karaoke w/Brian, 9 p.m.
Berlin — Shotgun Prod. Karaoke, 9 p.m.
Chevvy's — American Idol Karaoke w/TJ, 9 p.m.
Columbia Street West — American Idol Karaoke w/Josh, 9:30 p.m. , no cover
Office Tavern — Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu, 8 p.m.
Pine Valley Bar & Grill — Classic City Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill — Karaoke w/Bucca, 10 p.m. , no cover
Martin's — WiseGuy Entertainment w/Josh, 10 p.m.
The Full Monty — British comedy/musical about a group of unemployed men who form a strip tease act, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Warsaw, $34, 574-267-8041
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Carnie’s Coup — Contemporary pieces by Dainel Baxter, Jason Rowland and Jerrod Tobias, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 24, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
My Yours Ours — Photography from Palermo Galindo, daily thru Sept. 5, Franco D’Agostino Gallery, Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne, 422-5661
The Nature of Things Traveling Exhibition — Exhibit teaches visitors about the natural world with hands on activity stations, the lives, functions and features of animals and insects, Wednesday-Sunday thru Sept. 11, Science Central, Fort Wayne, $6-$8 (2 and under, free), 424-2400 ext. 423
Paroxysm: A New Body of Work by Crystal Wagner — Large scale multi-textured sculptures, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Sculptures on the Square III: the Magic of Metal — Public modern art installation featuring large-scale metal works created by Midwestern artists, thru Sept. 15, downtown Auburn, 419-769-1086
Selections from the Haan Collection of Indiana Art — Works on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette, IN, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Summer in Indiana — Works by Tom Keesee, Austin Cartwright, Alan Larkin, Elizabeth Walmsley, Katherine Rohrbacher, Patricia Weiss, Gwen Gutwein, Rebecca Justice-Schaab, Marcy Neiditz and Barbara Nohinek, Tuesday-Saturday thru August 31, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Summer of Glass — Annual showcase of brilliantly executed studio glass feat. works by Albert Paley and Davide Salvatore and award winners from 44th Annual International Glass Invitational, Tuesday-Sunday thru Sept. 11, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Summer Shandy — Works by local and national artists, Tuesday-Saturday and by appointment thru Sept. 11, Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
Theoplis Smith III — Works on display, daily thru Oct. 21, The Gallery at PranaYoga, Fort Wayne, 423-9642
Tom Martin: Everything and Nothing — Realist paintings resembling life and reality and focused on the effect money has on people, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Fort Wayne Dance Collective Summer 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
Summer Nights at the Embassy — Live entertainment, cash bar, and local food on the Embassy rooftop, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays thru Sept. 7, Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, $5,424-6287
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