Cold Crypt are a 1 man band from the United Kingdom that plays a form of black metal mixed with dark ambient and this is a review of his 2013 album "Bearing The Light" which was released by Cimmerian Shade Recordings.
"Astral Death" which is also the first song on the album opens up with avant garde dark ambient sounds along with some synths and a few seconds later programmed drum beats and spoken word parts are added into the music which also leads up to some black metal being thrown into the music and going into a heavy, raw and primitive direction as well as bringing in high pitched screams which also leads to the music alternating between slow and fast parts and then returning back to a more ambient direction while also still mixing in the black metal elements.
"Seeking the Red" begins with some fast, raw and primitive black metal guitar riffs along with some drum programming and grim screams as well as slowing down for a few seconds before returning to a faster direction.
"44" opens up with ambient noise sounds which leads to some avant garde synths shortly after that as well as some drones and the music is all instrumental and there are no vocals or guitars present on the song.
"Slaughtered By Gender" starts up with dark ambient drones and a few seconds later spoken word samples are added into the music before adding in some fast, atmospheric black metal guitar riffs along with programmed drums and grim s creams as well as alternating between slow and fast parts and after awhile ambient gets mixed in with black metal.
"Her Plague Is Man" kicks in with clean singing female vocals that turn into cries and screams as well as bringing in fast, raw and primitive sounding black metal guitar riffs as well as some drum programming as well as some deep demonic growls and then the music slows down and adds in dark ambient synths as well as alternating between fast and slow parts and as time goes on by there are some noise sounds as well as the female vocals returning.
"Fractured Fears" comes in with dark ambient drones which also have elements of harsh noise along with synths and guitar amp sounds and a few seconds alter high pitched black metal and noise screams are added into the music.and as time goes on by you can hear spoken word samples being utilized in the background.
"Something Empty" breaks in with spoken word samples and a few seconds later synths kick in as well as some heavy guitar riffs that mix in with demonic growls and black metal screams and the song closes with spoken word samples.
"Madness Through The Fire" hits it off with harsh noise sounds and loops and a few seconds atmospheric black metal guitar riffs and depressive screams are added into the music along with small amounts of synths and the song closes with some power electronics.
"Bearing The Light" which is the last song on the album as well as title track begins with dark ambient sounds along with some synths a few seconds later as well as elements of noise and loops shortly after that.
Song lyrics cover dark, occult and depressive themes, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound to it.
In my opinion Cold Crypt are a very great sounding mixture of black metal, dark ambient and noise and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Astral Death" "Slaughtered By Gender" and ''Madness Through The Fire". RECOMMENDED BUY.