DEATH/DOOM METAL | ESKILSTUNA/ SWEDEN
RE-RELEASED VIA PULVERISED RECORDS IN 2012
Crypt of Kerberos have never been the most prolific performers in the studio but anything the Swedes have served up over the past couple of decades has always been worthy of close inspection.
Whilst never quite generating the mass appeal of Scandinavian soulmates such as At The Gates and In Flames, the challenging creative work of Crypt of Kerberos has earned them a dedicated army of death metal disciples.
When World of Myths came out in 1993 it caused a few ripples in the death metal ocean without ever coming close to unleashing the tidal wave it probably deserved.
This repackaged re-release, courtesy of Singapore’s excellent Pulverized Records, will hopefully spawn a new generation keen to explore the dark corridors of the Crypt.
The original band line-up disbanded a couple of years after World of Myths with frontman Daniel Gildenlöw and guitarist Johan Hallgren going on to form Pain of Salvation.
After a gap of around a decade the Kerberos crew reunited and judged on the quality of the material here that’s something we should all give thanks for.
World of Myths features a number of perfectly executed, technically superb, guitar solos which Crypt of Kerberos seamlessly sow into an extraordinarily diverse piece of work that includes clean vocals and satanic grunts with sufficient depth to awake the sleeping gods.
Tracks like ‘The Canticle’ branch off at more tangents than an advanced maths professor but without the boring bits.
‘Cyclone of Insanity’ opens up with a ruck-igniting riff heavier than a bloodied carcass. The album breaks through the one-hour barrier with ease and merits repeated listening to come even close to getting to grips with its myriad of sounds.
Such is the passion and intensity conjured up in World of Myths that you dare not switch off for a second for fear of missing some masterful hook or sudden seismic change of direction.
Start up that engine, seatbelt on, it’s time to go Kerb crawling. [8/10 – PAUL CASTLES]