The Nine Circles Audio Thing: a chat with Steve and Enrique from Crypt Sermon!

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Drummer Enrique Sagarnaga (left) and guitarist Steve Jansson (second from right) join Dan for a chat on the Nine Circles Audio Thing!

It’s been a fun couple of years for Crypt Sermon. A well-received (and terrific) debut album, an appearance at last year’s Maryland Deathfest, an absolutely stellar interpretation of Mayhem‘s “De Mysteriis dom Sathanas” as part of Decibel’s flexi series…the Philadelphia epic doomers have certainly covered some ground.

With a new album in the works and a trip to France to play at next weekend’s Hellfest, guitarist Steve Jansson and drummer Enrique Sagarnaga took some time out of their busy schedules to chat with Dan about…well, all manner of things: how they’ve grown into the doom genre, close encounters with Dave Mustaine at the Decibel Metal and Beer Fest in Philly, how that Mayhem cover came about, and more. Check out the full conversation after the jump!  Continue reading

Album Review: Sorcerer – “In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross”

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Beware the odd soul who claims not to have been attracted to Sorcerer‘s long-overdue full-length debut by at least some of its peripheral components. You might have been drawn to In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross by any combination of things: its sinister-sounding title; the gloomy, barren fortress on its cover…or, more likely, by the fact that it arrives some 26 years after the band’s formation. (To be fair, the band was broken up for 18 of those 26 years, but still…26!) But compelling as all of these may be, none of them really have any bearing on, you know…the music. So how’s that end hold up? As it happens, pretty well.

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Album Review: Crypt Sermon – “Out of the Garden”

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When I hear an album like Out of the Garden, I sometimes wonder why metal bands are often so intent on putting out releases that sound like they could have come out twenty or thirty years ago. We really do prize the traditionalists—the ones who can take the same combination of riffs, solos, and soaring vocals and turn out something familiar. On this, their debut full-length, Philadelphia’s Crypt Sermon seem to answer that question by simply saying: “why not?” Of course, there isn’t anything on this album that hasn’t been done somewhere before, but it’s still an enjoyable one to listen to.

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