Review of Cryptic Shift - "Visitations from Enceladus"

Blowing minds and bending genres is Leeds, England’s progressive/technical death quartet, Cryptic Shift, whose latest full-length Visitations from Enceladus has metalheads and critics alike agog and agape from its sci-fi-inspired, meandering madness. Dizzyingly erratic and confoundingly catchy, Cryptic Shift have arrived with visions of the galaxy for the quarantined masses; and the visions are good indeed.

Originally formed in 2012, Cryptic Shift were conceived with a single-minded approach to metal as a whole: all-out cosmic chaos. Ranging from intensely extreme, technical death to gossamer, atmospherically charged shredding, and from coldly calculated math metal structures to loose-sounding, psychedelic jam sensations, Cryptic Shift has hit upon something spectacular with their unique amalgamation of greatly varied metal influences. Progressive, profound, and multifaceted, all this and more is now available for the world to devour upon Visitations from Enceladus, the debut full-length from these brilliant Brits.

Featuring four tracks bursting with self-assuredness, Visitations from Enceladus starts off with the epic composition “Moonbelt Immolator”. Clocking in at nearly twenty-six minutes, “Moonbelt Immolator” takes you on a trip through the solar system without ever leaving your seat! Vacillating between heavy clusters of voracious violence and interspersed interludes of beguiling beauty, this one track could stand alone as a fantastic release, but wait, there’s more! Following closely behind, the remarkable songs “(Petrified in the) Hypogean Gaol”, “The Arctic Chasm” (both also well over seven minutes each), and the closer, “Planetary Hypnosis”, finish out this astonishing release with flourish and swagger.

The only observable defect on what is otherwise a summarily august release is that Visitations from Enceladus and its production are a touch rough, but otherwise, this album is awesome on all its sides, so be sure to check out Cryptic Shift’s latest release without delay!

To listen to Cryptic Shift’s Visitation from Enceladus in its entirely, simply press play below and support the band by clicking the provided links at the bottom of the page. Enjoy! \m/

Rating: 9.5 / 10

Release Date: May 4th, 2020 (Blood Harvest Records)

Influences and Contemporaries: Death, Gorguts, Atheist, Gigan, Teleport, Roman Ring, Shadow in the Darkness, Blood Incantation

Cryptic Shift Links: Facebook, Instagram


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