Cold Crypt are a 1 man band from the United Kingdom that has been featured before in this zine and plays ambient form of black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "Utter Contempt For Life" which was released by Senseless Life Records.
A very dark and atmospheric ambient sound starts off the album along with some sounds of a newborn child and after a minute spoken word samples which are also used regularly throughout the recording are added into the music before the album starts getting a lot more heavier and brings in a raw black metal sound that also uses grim suicidal screams and blast beats.
There is a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts present throughout the recording and the ambient sounds are also mix in with the heavier black metal parts and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length, some of the tracks bring in some industrial style noises and mix in with some of the rawest black metal that there is in existence.
When solos and leads are utilized they add a good amount of talent and skill to the tracks they are utilized on and a good amount of the songs also bring in depressive sounding melodies at times and as the album progresses more power electronic and underground electronic elements are brought onto the recording which also leads to the album getting more avant garde and experimental while the music also keeps it's black metal roots and brings in even more demonic growls.
Cold Crypt keeps the atmospheric and depressive ambient black metal sound while also being more experimental this time around, the production sounds very dark and raw while th e lyrics cover hate, madness, suicide and murder.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Cold Crypt and if you are a fan of the depressive, ambient and experimental black metal genres, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Born To Abhor" "Purest Negative Thoughts" "Ugly Passion" and "Farewell TO Innocence". 8 out of 10.