Review: Cruentis - Alpha & Omega
Release date: April 27, 2018
Record label: Nosral Recordings
- Alpha and Omega
- All Hail Nothing
- Silence of the Sands
Cruentis has been around for a few years now. Unfortunately I hadn’t discovered them until Nosral signed them. Wish I had kept my ear to the ground a little longer at the time. Hopefully, this give them some more exposure.
“Unbroken” starts the....EP? I don’t know about this one. It’s got the length of an album but if it’s a EP it’s a looooooonnng EP. The track begins with piano. And I’m talking piano. Not your run of the mill keyboards. It’s very beautiful and melodic (I use those a lot, I should change that). When the metal hits it comes in hard. Very light, to be quite honest. Very harmonious. The vocals come in and they sound layered. The style of vocal is something I feel like I haven’t heard before, but at the same time, I’m not sure. The song reminds me of Extol and Not Beneath. The drums on this album are amazing, but I’m 90% certain that they may be programmed. Heavy stuff. The track is a long one, so brace for that, clocking in at 7:01.
“Reclaimed” is the second track on the release. The song starts off with a cymbal and barking death metal vocals. (And no, I don’t mean barking like a dog, they’re just heavy). The song is slow to start however. Mostly cymbals and guitars in the right. The music finally kicks in, building up. The song is a grimy grindy sort of song, with some fast drums, thrashing guitars and even some funky bass in the background. Unfortunately, I’m only catching every other word, mostly cause of the layered vocals. However, looking at the lyrics, they are so heavily spiritual and heartfelt. The song is another long track on this piece, rounding out to be 5:03. Every track on here is longer than 3 minutes, with the shortest track being 3:54.
“Alpha and Omega”. The third track. Title track. The lyrics of this track are powerful; they have to be. Looking at them, I can see how much this album will be anointed with the Holy Spirit. To start the song itself is some fantastic violin work. It’s so incredibly mellisonant (1 point for not saying melodic or beautiful) and finely honed. It’s really creepy too. I’m getting a very Ancient Egyptian, or what we think it was like. Especially when the spoken word, percussion and creepy “ahhhhhhh” vocals come in, followed by the brass. Then all the metal comes in at full force. The vocals remind me of Soul Embraced and O Wretched Man. The guitar solo on this one rips. I can’t stress that anymore.
“All Hail Nothing” starts with guitars in the left speaker, until all the instruments come in about 15 seconds into the song. My immediate impression is they sound like the child of Forfeit Thee Untrue, Extol and Horde. The song is a fast one, both in tempo and length. The song is the shortest on the album, clocking in at 3:54 minutes, but definitely the fastest so far. The song is a monument of faith and a kick to the teeth for the Devil, stating very clearly “You can’t overpower me, because the Son has set me free”.
“Silences of the Sands” is the final track on the album, and also the longest. The songs begins with an acoustic guitar intro which lasts for about a full minute until floor toms and bass come in. The electric guitars come in briefly at 1:30 and go away again for a minute, until some very rock-esque vocals come in. For a minute there the entire song is guitars, bass, drums and these very very very rock-esque vocals. Like, I don’t want to say they sound like Nickelback or Creed or anything……..but they sound like Nickelback or Creed with this. Except a lot better, because, well, everyone’s better than those two. Finally around 4:20 some Unclean Vocals drop in and make the band more unblack. 6 minutes in, the track slows down again. Some beautiful guitar and bass strumming with some floor tom/bass drum action and a little cymbals. The track gets very progressive and Extol-styled around this point. Violins even come in. By 9 minutes, this is still going, with some mellifluous (2 points) and instrumentation. The vocals do make a return, both versions, clean and unclean. Long song. 14:26. I’m not big into the tracks that run forever, so if this song’s review didn’t seem that great, I apologize. That’s why this review took so long.
Cruentis brought their all with this fantastic sophomore effort as well as a a fantastic label debut. Considering this is two guys, I’m thoroughly impressed.
FFO: Extol, Horde, Cynic
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