Category Archives: Skrypt

Engraved Invitation-LUCID RECESS-2010


My first clue was the fact that you had to “LIKE” the band on their Facebook page before you could download the songs. No integrity. Minus a million points. The album cover reminds me of Seether’s Karma and Effect for some reason. Minus ten points. Then I saw the self-description of the kind of music they play. “Metal/Alternative”. Alarm Bells. I also noticed that this album was recommended by those poseurs, Rolling Stone and RSJ Online.

Finally I came to the music. Oh my gawd, the music. First thing I noticed was that its not metal. Not an iota. It is not metal in this or any other universe. Power chord riffing, the occasional chugga-chugga does not metal make. Minus 100 points for misrepresentation. Then I heard the vocals. It sounds as if he is singing karaoke with the song playing on Youtube in the background. The guy tries the power metal range in the first song, realizes that he can’t do it and stops. Bad, bad. Minus another 100. Somewhere in the album he tries to do the metal shriek at the end of a line, doesnt make it. The whole album is bunch of generic mid-90’s alternative rock chords (think Candlebox, Love Battery, Bush, Stone Temple Pilots..no wait, STP had some good songs.) The guitar playing is competent and everything, but that doesn’t mean that this stands a chance of sounding right. Not a chance in hell. Minus another 1000 points. Oh, and they had the friggin audacity to call themselves METAL of all things? This standard, mundane post-grunge affair? Minus another 100. I could point out a million other things that I despise about this record, but wth, my point has been made.

But at least they had the good sense to give this away for free. Plus 10. Anybody keeping score?

-Baba T   

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Discord EP-SKRYPT-2010


This is the first CD review for which I have actually bought the CD!! Yea !!

You could call this Thrash Death Metal. Sometimes the speedy and catchy riffs and solos recall the thrash of yore, sometimes the convoluted song structures, abrupt shifts and the harsh growling recall the death metal approach of….just about every death metal band ever to have made a death metal record. That’s Skrypt from Hyderabad, IN. This is their debut EP, with a running time of around 20 minutes and four pieces of kick your ass into the ground metal. The production and mixing are good enough, but sometimes I could cry with frustration when the solo gets absolutely buried by the rhythm section, like on Artifice (which you can hear on Reverbnation right now!!) which also happens to be the best track on here, what with the kick ass riff around the 2:48 minute mark and the solo around the 5 minute mark. Soft, melodic interludes are very few and very short, almost non-existent. No wank-assery, nothing artsy. Pure stripped down metal. My problem with this and most of this genre is the abrupt shift from one great riff to another which makes it a little difficult to get into. However, such minor quibbles, I am sure, will not come in the way of metal fans while they enjoy Discord. Fans looking to bang their heads out should also look out for upcoming Skrypt gigs in their area.

-Baba T


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