INTERNATIONAL FEATURE ARTIST: Crypitus (Vermont, USA)

August 6, 2018

For a shot of metal straight from the heart of Vermont in the good ol' US of A, meet heavy lords Crypitus, a recently revamped group who take some textbook thrash with a hint of death metal and inject a backwoods twist.

 

Showcasing roaring guitars and crashing percussion, Crypitus often lyrically traipse into the worlds of dystopia, death and natural disasters - but somehow they manage to avoid becoming a metal cliche, expanding their reach beyond the norm and incorporating elements including punk, jazz and just the right amount of face-melting.

 

With their first release 'Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World' officially out in the world last year, the group are now about to embark on recording their first ever full-length. But before the new tunes are unleashed, The Soundcheck had a chat to the guys about furry creatures, influences and performing in piranha bars. Interview below.

  • BAND NAME:
    Crypitus

     

  • HOMETOWN:
    Rutland, Vermont

     

  • BAND MEMBERS:
    Doug Friend - Vocals/Guitar
    Peter Snee - Guitar
    Joe Minard - Bass
    Zach Patch - Percussion

     

  • HOW DID CRYPITUS GET STARTED?
    Pete: Doug and I jammed together in the basement of the house we lived in. We decided to find a drummer and we found Zach. The rest is history
    Joe: I joined after I was introduced by a friend when they needed a bassist.
    Zach: I was desperately searching the internet for musicians to jam with. Pete just happened to be the first to respond with Doug in tow
    Doug: I started to play music with Pete in 2016. After he picked up a few of my tunes we went searching for drummers, in a small town it wasn’t easier but soon enough we found Zach just up the hill. After a few mishaps with bassists we finally have Joe, who is reliable as hell.

     

  • HOW LONG HAS CRYPITUS BEEN GOING FOR?
    Pete: About 2 years now.
    Zach: I've been part of Crypitus for about 2 years.
    Doug: We started in May of 2016

     

  • WHO ARE SOME OF YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
    Pete: Animals as Leaders, Between the Buried and Me, Black Dahlia Murder
    Joe: Metallica and Primus
    Zach: My all time favorite band is Between the Buried and Me. I also really love Frank Zappa and Mike Portnoy.
    Doug: Death, Dissection, Megadeth, Suicidal Tendencies & Voivod.

     

  • DESCRIBE CRYPITUS IN THREE WORDS:
    Pete: Some breaking bones .
    Joe: Proggy thrash metal.
    Zach: Psychedelic thrash metal.
    Doug: Just listen already.

     

  • WHAT'S THE MOST MEMORABLE GIG YOU'VE PLAYED SO FAR AND WHY?
    Pete: Psychostick was pretty memorable. It was my first time crowd surfing or playing in front of a really big crowd.
    Joe: We played in the piranha bar in Montreal there bar is also a fish tank with turtles and piranhas.
    Zach: Probably the night we got to play with Psychostick.
    Doug: I had a lot of fun at our first night in Maine at The Cage in Lewiston; such a warm welcoming!

     

  • WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE CRYPITUS SONG?
    Pete: Thunder is my favorite. It’s fast and technical and death metally.
    Joe: Symphony #1 sounds pretty cool.
    Zach: Symphony #1. It's an instrumental and it's really groovy.
    Doug: Loaded Gun, it’s very powerful.

 

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON RIGHT NOW? ANY NEW THINGS ON THE HORIZON?
    Pete: We have a festival in August. Then we’re going into the studio to record a full length album.
    Joe: We're doin a small tour soon, working on new songs and an album eventually. Zach: We have a ton of new music in the works. We have plenty of big things on the horizon.
    Doug: Giggin’ Workin’ Writin’ and Recordin’!

     

  • IF YOU WEREN'T PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE WOULD YOU BE DOING?
    Pete: Hiking, making other kinds of art
    Zach: Fishing. That's it. Think I'm heading to do that now actually
    Doug: Wandering in a forest.

     

  • IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND WITH ONE OTHER BAND, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND WHY?
    Pete: An Unction in Braille
    Joe: An Unction in Braille cuz they're cool guys.
    Zach: Unction in Braille. At least we wouldn't get bored.
    Doug: Ice Giant; so we could stay COOL.

     

  • PINEAPPLE ON A PIZZA, YES OR NO?
    Pete: Fuck. No.
    Joe: It's alright.
    Zach: FUCK YES.
    Doug: Pineapple directly in my mouth.

     

  • CATS OR DOGS?
    Pete: Dogs because they show their love for you more.
    Joe: I like dogs more.
    Zach: Both. There is no other option. We love our furry children.
    Doug: Cats, because at least they shit in a box and not on your floor.

     

  • WOULD CRYPITUS SURVIVE A ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE?
    Pete: Zach’s got enough firepower so we’d be fine.
    Joe: I'm sure we would be fine.
    Zach: Yes. We have lots of guns and a fortress
    Doug: Zach definitely got us covered hahaha.
     

  • AND FINALLY, WHAT'S THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIME AND WHY?
    Pete: We haven’t written it yet.
    Joe: There's a lot of great song I don't think there's a greatest one though.
    Zach: Idk. White Walls or something.
    Doug: No such thing!

 

 FOR MORE CRYPITUS INFO, HEAD TO:
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | BANDCAMP

 

 

 

BY TIANA SPETER

 

 

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