Shadows In The Crypt are a band from Pennsylvania that plays a very dark, raw and primitive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "Cryptic Communications" which was released by Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with a good amount of blast beats being thrown into the music at times, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast black metal riffs that are very old school, raw and primitive sounding with some influences from thrash and death metal as well as some dark sounding melodies being thrown into the riffing in addition there is a brief use of clean playing being utilized on a couple of songs, while the lead guitars are very chaotic and melodic sounding black metal guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars which are only utilized briefly they use finger picking to enhance the darkness that is coming out of the music.
Vocals range from high pitched and grim sounding black metal screams mixed in with some deep growls and clean singing as well as a brief use of spoken word parts, while the lyrics cover dark, occult, goat worship, and anti christian themes, as for the production it has a very dark, raw and primitive sound.
In my opinion Shadows In The Crypt are a very great sounding atmospheric, old school, raw and primitive black metal band and if you are a f an of this style of music, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Embracing The Forbidden Arts" "The Baphomental Affliction" "As Shadows Cover..." and "Revolutionary Genocidal Madness". RECOMMENDED BUY.