On this Easter Monday, Toronto’s Cryptonight has a slow, djenty and doomy new release for the masses.
Aiming to capture listeners in a very haunting manner, the debut album “The Black Ritual” evokes horror and malice in every riff and melody. All of the music on the full-length was recorded on an eight-string guitar tuned to Eb and is inspired by actual vivid nightmares experienced by members of Cryptonight at various points in their lives. It also includes references from games such as Bloodborne, Resident Evil, Final Fantasy and Diablo. The band shares their thoughts on the release:
“We each picked recurring nightmares that made an impression on us and put them together into a story about a dream world. Fans can expect this album to have a sequel, and to continue into the unforeseen future. Our lyrics are literally us telling stories of what happened in our personal nightmares, as descriptively as possible. It’s a collaboration of everything we love together into one sound to make for a deadly recipe. Dark and nightmarish whilst leaving an ambient and serene linger.”
Cryptonight has been cryptically hinting at this album by making a 20-episode web series on their YouTube channel, which included short instrumental preview clips of the songs on the release. The band hints at checking out those videos for an in-depth background on the music.
Now the full length is ready for ears as of April 13th. Join Cryptonight in a dream-like state full of horrors and feel the chill of these nightmares first hand. With the music and lyrics contributing in tandem to the same frightening experience, it’s a walk through the musical realms of djoom.
Listen to “The Black Ritual” as it takes you through an audial horror movie unlike anything ever heard before.
Physical CD copy will be released at a later date and will be a 2-disk set. The second disk will be a director’s cut DVD of Cryptonight Season 1 for fans viewing pleasure. This band creates actual movies… Not just in audial format. Their production and writing quality will only increase as time goes on.
1. The Black Key (1:26)
2. The Black Door (6:45)
3. Shadow Walk (5:05)
4. Abstersion (2:53)
5. The Dickens (2:12)
6. Abhorrent Bestowal (2:41)
7. Precariosa (2:45)
8. The Black Ritual (5:24)
Album Length: 29:15
Jekyll: Guitars, Male Vocals, Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Additional Samples
The Cryptilian: Female Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Samples