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.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
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Empower Her World — International goods, jewelry and clothing market, global fashion show and international fare and drinks, 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Auer Center for Arts and Culture, Fort Wayne, $75, 267-9048
Columbia City Haunted Jail — Haunted tours of the jail where Charles Butler was hung, 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1; 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2; 7-9 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 5-6; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 7-8; 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9; 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 11-13; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 14-15; 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16; 7-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 18-20; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 21-22; 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, Oct. 23-27; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 28-29; 7-9 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Oct. 30-31; 7-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 4-5 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, Columbia City Haunted Jail, Columbia City, $13-$20, www.columbiacityhauntedjail.com
Jake Roberts — Comedy at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., $17.50, 456-7005
Chris Worth & Company — Variety at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Fort Wayne, 7:30-10:30 p.m., no cover, 424-8231
Columbia Street West Unplugged — Variety at Columbia Street West, Fort Wayne, 8 p.m., no cover, 422-5055
Jazz Jam — Open jam at Sweetwater Sound, Fort Wayne, 7-8:30 p.m., no cover, 432-8176
Jeff McDonald — Folk at Don Hall's Guesthouse, Fort Wayne, 7-10 p.m., no cover, 489-2524
Open Mic — Hosted by Mike Conley at Mad Anthony Brewing Co., Fort Wayne, 8:30-11 p.m., no cover, 426-2537
Open Stage Jam — Hosted by Pop 'n' Fresh at Office Tavern, Fort Wayne, 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., no cover, 478-5827
Shelly Dixon & Jeff McRae — Variety at Checkerz Bar & Grill, Fort Wayne, 8-10 p.m., no cover, 489-0286
Tronic — EDM at O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub, Fort Wayne, 10 p.m., no cover, 422-5896
TK's Bar & Grill — Karaoke w/Ambient Noise Ent., 8 p.m.
Club Paradise — The Voice Karaoke w/DJ Rob & DJ B, 8:30 p.m.
Piggy's — Karaoke w/DJ Shaun Marcus, 10 p.m.
Mimi's Retreat — Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Taps Pub — Sidecar Gary's Karaoke & DJ, 8-11 p.m. , no cover
Arena — American Idol Karaoke w/Jay, 8 p.m.
Deer Park Irish Pub — Bucca Karaoke w/Bucca, 10 p.m. , no cover
Double Down — Shooting Star Prod. w/Stu, 9 p.m.
Latch String Bar & Grill — American Idol Karaoke, 8 p.m. , no cover
Nick's Martini & Wine Bar — American Idol Karaoke, 8-11 p.m. , no cover
North Star — Shut Up & Sing w/Michael Campbell, 8 p.m. , no cover
O'Sullivan's — Tronic, 10 p.m.
O'Sullivan's Italian Irish Pub — Tronic, 10 p.m. , no cover
Piere's — House DJ, 9 p.m.
Wrigley Field Bar & Grill — Live DJ, 10 p.m. , no cover
Paul's Pub — Shotgun Prod. Karaoke, 10 p.m.
Rack and Helen's — American Idol Karaoke w/TJ, 10 p.m. , no cover
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200@200: The Spirit of Competition — Exhibit of Fort Wayne’s “firsts” from the early days of organized sports to the present, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 30, History Center, Fort Wayne, 426-2882
Afros: A Celebration of Natural Hair — Photographs by Michael July, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Art of Joanne Schultz — Works by Joanne Schultz, Cara Wade and Matt Mabis, Friday-Sunday thru Oct. 9, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Catherine Blyth and Elizabeth Wamsley — Paintings and works in clay, Tuesday-Saturday thru Oct. 3, Crestwoods Frame Shop & Gallery, Roanoke, 672-2080
Decatur Sculpture Tour — 31 original sculptures and 15 permanent exhibits on display, walking tour maps available, thru April 1, 2017, Decatur, free, 724-2605
Diane Groenert — Fort Wayne-based artist exhibits her paintings, daily thru Sept. 30 (reception 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29), Henry’s Restaurant, Fort Wayne, 426-0531
Ethan Ross — Hybrid landscapes shot with a 4x5 camera, Monday-Friday thru Oct. 9, Spotlight Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Fall Colors and Themes — Paintings and photos depicting the rich changing colors of the season along with raku fired skulls, fiber monsters, harvest moon paintings, clay figures and more, Monday-Saturday, Oct. 4-31, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
Indiana Bicentennial Exhibit — Artwork by 200 artists in the theme “Indiana: People, Place & Things”, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 12, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
IPFW Department of Fine Art Graduate Works — Mixed media pieces from recent IPFW graduates, Friday-Sunday thru Oct. 18, Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, 704-5400
Marks of Intention — Abstract works by Nazar Harran, Monday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Nov. 15, Jennifer Ford Art, Fort Wayne, 740-1309
Master Prints — Diverse collection of prints acquired by the university over the past 15 years, Monday-Friday thru Dec. 22 (opening reception 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5), Lupke Gallery, University of Saint Francis North Campus, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Observations: Contemporary Landscapes by Thomas Hilty and Tamara Monk — Abstract figurative works in pastel and mixed media by Hilty and oil paintings by Monk, Monday-Friday thru Oct. 9, John P. Weatherhead Gallery and Goldfish Gallery, Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, 399-7999
Oil Painters of America Salon Show — Juried show featuring 300 paintings by Oil Painters of America members, Sept. 30-Oct. 29, (opening reception, 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30; paint out and demonstrations, Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1), Castle Gallery Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 426-6568
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
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
Picasso, Braque and Leger: 20th Century Modern Masters — Paintings and prints from legendary artists, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 27, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Selections from the Haan Collection of Indiana Art — Works on loan from the Haan Mansion Museum in Lafayette, Indiana, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 23, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
The Spirit of Innovation: American Abstraction, 1960 to 1975 — Abstract works from the museum’s permanent collection, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 16, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, $5-$7 (members, free), 422-6467
Sue Davis and Rebecca Dearing — Acrylics inspired by nature’s spirit rhythms and cycles of the earth and moon; fiber art dolls, including a new series of Endearing Hot Mamas, Monday-Saturday thru Sept. 30, Orchard Gallery of Fine Art, Fort Wayne, 436-0927
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
University of Saint Francis Photo Club — Photographs from USF students, Tuesday-Sunday thru Oct. 12, Betty Fishman Gallery, Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery, Fort Wayne, 424-7195
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
Team Trivia — Trivia for teams of up to 6 players, 7 p.m. Thursdays, Crazy Pinz/Coconutz, Fort Wayne, free, 969-9336