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Ancient Crypts: Devoured by Serpents
Death Metal
Iron Bonehead Productions
July 15th, 2013
Release length: 20:27
Bandcamp
Ancient Crypts may have just formed back in 2012, but they are wasting little time. Earlier this year we saw the Promo 2012 A.B. demo through Mushantufe Productions, which didn’t really see much attention. It’s been a few months, and we’re now greeted with a four song demo titled Devoured by Serpents comprised of both songs from the previous recording, and two brand new song: “Deep Into the Ancient Crypts” and “Devoured by Serpents.” This time they find themselves issuing this on cassette format through Iron Bonehead Productions. So, how does it stand up?

This effort kicks off with a rehash of their previous demo’s material. “Deep Into the Ancient Crypts” welcomes the listener with high pitched guitar feedback slowly fading in against light cymbal work and creepy, deeper guitar riffs setting up the atmospheres. Nearly three minutes in, the pace changes to pounding Death Metal in the vein of early Autopsy, holding a rather vile tone to the variety of eeriness and hostility on display. Then there’s the title track, “Devoured by Serpents,” a low tuned track with thick distortions and a catchy, yet highly grim environment that is simply uncompromising, especially when the pace grinds to a crawl a third of the way in. Fans will already be familiar with these tracks, and while it’s great to hear them again, the real question is how the new ones stack up.

“Between he Mortuary Remains” throws a fast paced, highly intense Death Metal ride the listener’s way. The drums are quite impressive with how fluid and consistant they remain throughout, especially during the most manic of moments, which is basically the entire track. There is another slower section towards the end that gives off a commanding performance that gets thicker as it goes along. Finally things wrap up with “Procession to Nyarlathotep,” a suiting conclusion to the demo. There is some solid high speed brutality throughout, and the slower area hits about half way and relies more on the creepy leads once more to build up the haunting, though somewhat thin guitar solo.

It’s sad that we find two songs rehashed from the band’s previous demo, but it is understandable as to why they did that. All four songs on here are solid examples of what Ancient Crypts is capable of, though it does still show some flaws. While the faster sections are intense, the slower atmospheric areas are good, but could be a bit stronger, something that will develop within the music over time. All in all Devoured by Serpents is a great recording, and it deserves to be pressed on cassette as much as it does to be in your collection.

01. Deep Into the Ancient Crypts – 6:14
02. Between the Mortuary Remains – 4:11
03. Devoured by Serpents – 5:24
04. Procession to Nyarlathotep – 6:32
Initial Pressing Score: 8/10

Ancient Crypts (band)

Digital review copy of this release provided by Iron Bonehead Productions.