Premiere: Kryptik Mutation hit us with a Blistering Blow


Kryptik Kombat!

“While the band take their music seriously, they try not to take themselves too seriously and embrace fun in the creation of their art.” This one ranks highly among the sentences you wanna see in a band’s bio. Listening to Texas’ Kryptik Mutation conveys their attitude pretty well: never too concerned with what’s allowed and more with what’s fun, they mix 90s death metal with thrash, a smattering of brutal death, and even some grindcore. The latter is particularly prominent in “Blistering Blow,” the fifth track from their upcoming debut Pulled from the Pit.

The blastbeats and quick riffage make for a relentless deathgrind onslaught, broken up only slightly by a chorus that’s actually likely to get stuck in your ear and topped off with a blistering guitar solo. Quite literally a murderous track, as vocalist Chris DeLeon explains:

Blistering Blow is basically an all out death match… 2 men enter, 1 man leaves. The lyrics are about what kind of nightmares one would face being thrown into that situation and receiving some of the most brutal and hellish blows from someone who has the same goal as you – to get the hell out of there alive! In this scenario, foreign objects are a must and there’s no such thing as a fair fight. Cut em’, burn em’, and bury em’ till you’re the last man out.

The man knows what he’s talking about, as he’s been playing fighting games competitively for years and even got the chance to contribute vocals to the soundtrack for Killer Instinct and later Doom Eternal. Accordingly, lyrics on the album are quite heavily inspired by video games. And horror movies, but I feel like that almost goes without saying.

If you like what you’re hearing, be sure to head over to Bandcamp to check out “Placentapede” – a track that leans more into the band’s death/thrash side – and to pre-order Pulled from the Pit before its release via Redefining Darkness on May 7.

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