Cryptosis // Bionic Swarm // Album Review


Cryptosis started life in 2013 as a three-piece thrash band, Distillator. With roots firmly entrenched in thrash, they have added a few strings to their bow with elements of black, death and atmospheric metal. An eerie opening in the form of instrumental “Overture 2149” gives you a glimpse of what is to come. “

Decypher” carries that foreboding feeling at the start of the song before exploding into a fury of drums and blistering riffs while Houvast roars his way through the track before unleashing a ripper solo, a brilliant track. “Death Technology” keeps pace with the previous track with drums at full tilt, riff-heavy and bass that thumps along nicely, Houvast shreds big time on the solo while he spits out the vocals with venom. “Prospect Of Immortality” is a slower, heavier, airing on the side of black/death metal, track with a kicking bass, as the track moves forward you can hear the change in their sound as the synth plays a major role and the song becomes more atmospheric, the riffs and solo are firmly rooted in thrash which gives a great blend of the genre. “Transcendence” is a full-on thrash fest, the drums are at breakneck speed and with riffs so sharp they’ll tear you a new one while Houvast snarls and spit his way through the track.

“Perpetual Motion” is an instrumental interlude with a futuristic vibe. “Conjuring The Egoist” blasts you right from the off with a pummeling drum beat and killer riffs while Houvast’s menacing vocals hold you spellbound, a classic song. “Game Of Souls” rips right from the off, a heavy bass line drives the track with a machine gun drum beat and savage riffs, throw in a cool solo and you have one hell of a track. “Mindscape” is as atmospheric as it gets, with its hushed tone vocals at the start and no your ears don’t deceive you that is a mellotron, the track is slower and heavier than previous ones and the use of the synths add to the prog/atmospheric feel, a brilliant song.

“Flu Divergence” closes the album at a million miles an hour, Hauvast pays homage to Tom Araya with his opening salvo as he screams his way into the track aided magnificently but a pounding drum beat, frantic riffs and massive bass line, the pace is relentless from start to finish as they tear through the track, a really impressive finish.


“Bionic Swarm” is out 26/03 Via Century Media Records and if you were a fan of Distillator then you will not want to miss this.


Review: Conor


CRYPTOSIS will release their debut album “Bionic Swarm” on March 26th. The album will be available in the following formats and can be pre-ordered HERE

Gatefold cover art created by Eliran Kantor
Cryptosis logo by: Christophe SzpajdelBionic Swarm Track List
  1. Overture 2149
  2. Decypher
  3. Death Technology
  4. Prospect of Immortality
  5. Transcendence
  6. Perpetual Motion
  7. Conjuring the Egoist
  8. Game of Souls
  9. Mindscape
  10. Flux Divergence

To celebrate “Bionic Swarm” Cryptosis play a live stream show at Metropool on April 24th, starting at 20:30 pm CET.

Click this link to save the date:

Reborn as forward-thinking explorers of the extreme metal cosmos, Cryptosis is what happens when metal is allowed to evolve, to expand and to breathe. An invigorating shot in the arm for the entire metal scene, it’s guaranteed that their album is to be one of 2021’s most talked-about debuts. Due to be released on Century Media Records, the first chapter in the Cryptosis story will have you gripped from the start.

Catch Cryptosis live on the following dates:

13.05.2021 Wonnemond Festival – Sebnitz – DE
02.07.2021 Dokk’em Open Air – Dokkum – NL

On Tour with VEKTOR: 

Saturday 15/05/2021, Revolver, San Donà di Piave, IT
Sunday 16/05/2021, Traffic, Rome, IT
Monday 17/05/2021, Legend, Milan, IT
Tuesday 18/05/2021, Rockhouse, Salzburg, AT
Wednesday 19/05/2021, Junkyard, Dortmund, DE
Thursday 20/05/2021, Goldgrube, Kassel, DE
Friday 21/05/2021, Eventhall Airport, Regensburg, DE
Saturday 22/05/2021, Vienna Metal Meeting, Vienna, AT
Sunday 23/05/2021, Rockfabrik, Bruchsal, DE
Tuesday 25/05/2021, Schuur, Luzern, CH
Wednesday 26/05/2021, Rock ‘n Eat Live, Lyon, FR
Thursday 27/05/2021, Boveda, Barcelona, ES
Friday 28/05/2021, Garaje, Murcia, ES
Saturday 29/05/2021, Caracol, Madrid, ES
Sunday 30/05/2021, LAV Room 2, Lisbon, PT
Monday 31/05/2021, Stage Live, Bilbao, ES

Tuesday 01/06/2021, Ferrailleur, Nantes, FR
Wednesday 02/06/2021, Backstage, Paris, FR
Thursday 03/06/2021, Willemeen, Arnhem, NL
Friday 04/06/2021, Neushoorn, Leeuwarden, NL
Saturday 05/06/2021, Entrepot, Arlon, BE
Sunday 06/06/2021, Schlachthof, Wiesbaden, D

Cryptosis are:

Laurens Houvast (vocals/guitar)
Frank te Riet (bass/mellotron/backing vocals)
Marco Prij (drums)

Cryptosis online:

Cryptosis // Bionic Swarm // Album Review
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