The mentally unstable foursome, active since 2004, have taken it upon themselves to force all of their hatred and insanity of past few years onto one sharp-edged disc. The album contains 10 tracks appropriately dripping with death-metallic mania, blood, madness and corpses. The music of Nihilistikrypt merges the new with the old school; one won’t find pleasant melodies here, but the album still offers loads of fast, relentless, technical instrumentation, hair-trigger changeovers, dynamic rhythm variations, menacing vocals and tasteful special effects.
Escape reality, delve into Psykhosis!
The album is recorded and mixed by Meelis Tauk at the studio Muusik (www.muusikstuudio.ee), mastered by Kristo Kotkas at the studio Sinusoid (www.sinusoid.ee). Layout design by Maarek Erm. Digital processing by Maarek Erm and Nihilistikrypt. Band photo by Kristel Sergo.
“Psykhosis” will be released on March 28, and can be pre-ordered from Nailboard’s net-store (http://www.nailboard.org/store). Those who have ordered (and paid for) the album during this March, will also receive a free copy of Nihilistikrypt’s debut demo “Required Sacrifices”!
Release Date: 28.03.2011
Catalogue# Board 029
It seems that almost every Baltic state band I come across plays on the periphery of the Extreme Metal scene, either in the outlying area of icy, frostbitten Black Metal or, like NIHILISTIKRYPT, they play balls-to-the-wall, Brutal Death Metal. These Estonians border on the new fad of Slam Death Metal with a heavy dose of mixed-in breakdowns and high-pitched squeals, however they stay enough firmly rooted in the gut-wrenching brutal world plied by so many other continental brethren.
NIHILISTIKRYPT rely primarily on switching between heavy chugging riffs and sliding into quick picked single notes; the rhythm section ranging from blast beats to thunderous and controlled yet oppressive percussive movements. The band melds all this together with a distinctive groove and brutality and while not unique, is compelling and vastly enjoyable for a Deathhead. Vocals are growled but not pitch-shifted which again keeps the album securely in orthodox Brutal Death Metal and not bleeding over into slam Death Metal (christ this genre splitting is exhausting!). There is the use of sub sonic base hits which I´m not terribly fond of however they are becoming so ubiquitous in Death Metal that over time you become used to them and I guess they serve some purpose as they can make your head jangle. NIHILISTIKRYPT are constantly moving forward, never letting up - they have one gear, firmly in place, and that gear is demolishing your face sonically. It is this one note approach that is both a blessing and a curse for the band. The album doesn´t breathe much, and while this may be a signature for Brutal Death Metal it leaves me wanting more; even if that was the odd riff played in a receded manner on its own. Maybe that´s a little too nitpicky especially since we are in an arena of throttling music, but I would like to hear the band expand their sound which would only emphasize their ability to mash all the more severe.
On “Psykhosis” there is one aesthetic choice that repeats itself over and over: the use of pinch harmonics. If you´re not familiar with the term, think of those high-pitched squeals the guitar makes on specific notes generally in Death Metal. Also, if you listen to BLACK LABEL SOCIETY you hear these ad nauseum, as Zach Wilde loves to play them everywhere and anywhere. However, NIHILISTIKRYPT use them just a little too liberally and they wear out their welcome. Ultimately though “Psykhosis” is meat and potatoes Death Metal played with fervour, good production and solid execution. As such, this is an album that most Death Metal fans, while not gushing over, will enjoy thoroughly. Fist pumping, head swaying and teeth rattling.
Hey, remember Estonia? It really exists, seriously, it´s slightly west of Russia. It´s a genuine country, not just a joke from Encino Man. Anyway, got to love the music scene of all the smaller countries out there. You´d probably know next to nothing about them if it weren´t for the hard work of country-specific labels like Nailboard Records. Nihilistikrypt´s Psykhosis is one of their newest releases, currently featured prominently on their impressive-looking site. Maybe Estonia doesn´t appear much in the news or on our American radar of importance, but it might start appearing more in the metal world if Nailboard has anything to say about it.
Nihilistikrypt, fuck what a name to write, leave no doubt that they play as hard as it´s been written down in the brutal death metal manual of operation for the past ten years. If the artwork doesn´t give it away, well, then the opening horror movie sample sure will. That being said, if you´re looking to remember the days when Cryptopsy was any good, these guys won´t fail to please at all. Psykhosis delivers what any fan of the genre would be looking for: deep vocals (with occasionally cool layering), technical guitars that typically leave melody at the wayside, bass providing density but not really making itself known until you can´t hear anything else, and drums that keep the tempo going with double kick. As found in most brutal death metal, the vocals tend to overpower everything else and the guitars are where most of the money is. However, though Nihilistikrypt take a pretty standard approach, they manage to do it in a way that goes against the usual cookie-cutter brutality you find in metal today.
Psykhosis will, at times, provide some little treats to tease your brutal sensibilities. Songs like "Rotting From Within" feature awesome, fiery riffs, while the vocals provide you with some cool variation now and then, such as the odd, alien-sounding depth of the roaring in "Extraterrestrial Consumption". Other times, the bassist lets you know he´s pounding your internal organs into the ground with some solos and segways that keep the tracks fresh. As a whole, though, Nihilistikrypt are dealing out the same blood, death, rape, and horror that you´re probably as used to as breathing. They just manage to do it in such a way that´s generally better than most of the shit you´re going to hear. However, what it lacks is true creativity. These guys are playing by the book for the most part, to the point that it might verge on plagiarism. Though you get the occasional moment of diversion, it´s nothing that lasts long enough to take the sound in a unique direction. If you´re looking for the usual brutal death metal approach from a country most of you have never heard of, Psykhosis provides exactly what you need as long as you don´t expect too much.
Written by Arkus
Lords Of Metal
Fast and brutal, those are the main ingredients for this record by the Estonian four piece with the best name in this month´s ´how does one spell that again?´ competition, Nihilistikrypt. On ´Psykhosis´, these gentlemen are going at it like they get paid by the stroke instead of the hour. So to speak, because suggesting they will be making money with this album and therefore labeling it as ´commercial´ is of course not done. Lyrically, they thread the well-known paths of slaughter, rape and mental instability. Musically they are avid followers of the "We don´t do melody, that is a conformist thing, blunt, brutal and graceless, that is our cup of bloody tea!" movement. They pretty much succeed to live up to the standards of their movement, but especially the ´graceless´ bit makes for a feeling of saturation after a while. If you are into Decapitated, Vile, but also Fleshless, you might give this outburst of carnal and psychic violence a try, as long you do not expect too much.
Pick a brutal death metal band, any brutal death metal band, and one is more than likely to get something very similar to Nihilistikrypt. Deeds Of Flesh, Severe Torture, Fleshgod Apocalypse... all these names should come to mind when hearing the fury that is ´Pyskhosis.´ At first, after hearing "The Rapist," listeners may think that the group is going to create a horror atmosphere with their music through the sample of the woman screaming, but that is the only time it happens on the album. The rest of the tracks are just unabashful, furious pieces of death metal with some bits of technical work thrown in, but not much. The growls are crafted perfectly and clearly with the right tones- they really shine on a track like "Hydrogenic Mutants" when the music isn´t so much ´in the face.´ Other tracks like "Sane Insanity" are much heavier, and the massive wall of drumming and guitars just bleating away tend to steal away the vocal clarity so it tends to sound more roughly produced than it really is.
The technical bits shine through on the guitars when it comes to tracks like "Fleshmaker" in the way the guitars churn back and forth with sharp pauses and backing melodies that aren´t clear, but if one listens hard enough they can hear them in the wall of sound. "Mental Breakdown" tries to merge the two together in an even split, and surprisingly pulls it off quite well. Listeners should find the music here engaging and musically impressive rather than making it seem like the band did a few jam sessions, hammered out senseless chords and drum beats and layered it on the vocals and decided to create an album. It´s a murky, bloody pool of death metal music here, but if one dives in deep enough the sound is actually quite appreciated. This is meant for fans of the crushing kind of death metal; don´t expect any merciful melodies or clean vocals to try and sing some sense into the music.