“Beyond The Celestial” is the newest demo from UK extreme metal band Crÿptic Shift. Though it offers just two tracks, there is plenty of material here to enjoy. In fact, this demo is features an absurd number of riffs, each and every one of which will induce immediate neck trauma. The band doesn’t play at full speed for the entirety of the demo, but they do serve up some pretty absurd tempos. Their riffing style is abstract, and unlike anything I’ve ever heard. “Voyage Through Dimensions” in particular has a riff that starts out like an extreme thrashy riff and then ends with a technical, modern-day Cannibal Corpse-styled riff. If that description made little to no sense, it really is a perfect description then; at times, this demo gets downright weird. The aforementioned track also features plenty of riffs that are harmonized, and at times, some of these sections sound like the guitars are competing against each other, rather than working together.
Aside from the weirdness of this band, Crÿptic Shift does provide more normal metal elements. The vocals are a death/black hybrid-sounding rasp, with more than enough aggression to suit the music. The drumming is stellar, coming up with some unique patterns (see the intro of “Voyage Through Dimensions” for the best example). The bass playing is difficult to hear (except for when neither guitar is playing anything on the low end), but that is more of a function of the production, which admittedly is not the best. This album is noisy, and it will take a few listens to really decipher what is happening. In that respect, it actually reminds me of early Voivod, which might also be an apt comparison for the general sound of this band. They use interesting chords and dissonant sounds to take familiar metal tropes and put their own spin on them. While more Crÿptic Shift is extreme than Voivod, they share that same twisted vision.
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"Voyage Through Dimensions"
3.9/5 or 78%.
Written by Scott