One of the best labels out there for fans of decrepit old school death metal is The Crypt, who routinely dig up and reissue long lost gems from the late ’80s – early ’90s. They have some cool stuff coming out this summer that you can preorder now. For more on The Crypt, check out this interview with The Crypt’s head honcho Ted Tringo. on our sister site, Sickening Vaults.
Summer 2016 Releases
EULOGY (USA) — The Essence / Dismal
Official Deluxe LP with Book & poster (CRYPT 77)
DARK SYMPHONIES / THE CRYPT is honored to re-introduce the world to one of the most underrated death bands from the 90s – Tampa, Florida based death metal act EULOGY. Forget paying the insane eBay prices anymore. We are pleased to offer the amazing 1993 EP The Essence, a long lost obscure gem of unique and brutal death metal once again, complete with the band’s 1992 Dismal demo. Both releases have been mastered from the original analog tapes for the best possible sound.
Quotes guitarist Jarrett Pritchard:
“I’m happy to tell you all that I’ve very nearly completed the remix and master of “The Essence” and “Dismal” for a re-release special edition that will land just in time for 25 years. It looks like it is coming out on a deluxe CD and gatefold vinyl. Been collecting photos and everything we can find to include in this. So thankfully no more of these ridiculously priced throwback CDs. Things like this take time. It’s not just turning knobs; it is a journey down a road none of us have walked for a long time. There is a fine line between presenting something as it always should have been and destroying a legacy. I’ve taken great care to not do the latter. I’m feeling very excited about all of this and will update soon. (Yes, it’s really happening).
“One more thing — without the people who appreciate what we were doing, there would be no point. I just want to say how much I genuinely appreciate the lasting interest and seemingly undying support. Truly. Thank you from all of us.”
For the first time ever on vinyl and limited to 500 copies, 200 will be on black vinyl, 100 on blood red vinyl, 100 on crystal clear vinyl. Presented in a 350 gram gatefold jacket, this amazing LP will come a 12 page booklet loaded with band photos, new liner notes and nostalgic memorabilia, a 2-sided printed insert, a poster featuring the original cover artwork and an unreleased rehearsal track.
CAUSTIC (CH) — Malicious / Caustic
Official 2xLP (CRYPT 78)
DARK SYMPHONIES / THE CRYPT is proud to present the long out of print classic 1993 debut album Malicious from Switzerland’s brutal thrash metal act CAUSTIC!
With influences ranging from SLAYER, KREATOR, GRINDER and earlier SEPULTURA, Caustic varied their style for a unique approach, guaranteed to satisfy all fans of extreme metal. It is an unusual and independent world of brilliant murderous riffs filled with wonderful calm moments. Also included is the band’s amazing 1992 self-titled EP.
Having long been out of print for 21 years and fetching insane prices online, we are proud to offer this release once again. We are working directly with original label owner and EXCRUCIATION drummer Andy Renggli, brother to guitarist Chris Renggli (R.I.P.) who has supplied the original cover artwork for both the album and the EP, new liner notes from Andy, drummer Levent Sunu and Excruciation vocalist Eugenio Meccariello, lyrics and classic band photos.
For the first time ever on vinyl and limited to 500 copies, 175 will be on black vinyl, 175 on magenta / purple marbled vinyl and 150 on crystal clear vinyl. Presented in a 350 gram gatefold jacket.
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I.N.C. (INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND) (USA) — The Visitor
Official LP (DARK 79)
We are very proud to announce our cooperation with legendary 80’s thrash metal act I.N.C. (INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND) to reissue their first two ripping classic albums from the late ’80s, Razorback and The Visitor.
Very underrated and never receiving the attention they truly deserved, it is an honor for us to work with this amazing band having been long time fans since the 80s. Described by the band themselves as angry, resentful, aggressive, violent, and vicious thrash, we couldn’t have said it better!
Originally released in 1987 and 1988 respectively and having been long out-of-print since then, fetching insane online prices, we are proud to offer these amazing classic thrash releases once again!
Next up, the band’s crushing sophomore release The Visitor! This CD is designed after the original 1988 Giant Records CD release, taking elements from the original layout with attention to detail, even down to the logo and typeface for a touch of nostalgia. Also included are brand new liner notes from original band members Erik Barath, Dennis Gergely and Tony Fabrizi as well as old flyers and rare, unpublished classic band photos
Limited to 500 copies, this LP will be limited to 175 on black vinyl, 175 on swamp green vinyl and 150 on crystal clear vinyl, and will come housed in a 350 gram, gatefold jacket.
MORPHEUS (Swe) — Son of Hypnos
Official LP (CRYPT 80)
We proudly present for the first time on wax, the crushing debut album from the cult Swedish death metal act MORPHEUS, featuring past and present members from such Swedish legends as Excruciate, Necrophobic, Egypt, Carbonized, Dismember, Exhumed and Nifelheim! Having long been out of print for 21 years and fetching outrageous prices online, we are proud to offer this amazing piece of history once again, featuring the original cover artwork, lyrics, new liner notes and classic band photos.
In an effort to preserve the integrity of the original recording, we have meticulously and subtly remastered the audio files from the original analog sources to retain the dynamics and atmosphere of the original recording to unleash its true sound potential.
Limited to 500 copies, this LP will be limited to 175 on black vinyl, 175 on orange marble fire-colored vinyl and 150 on crystal clear vinyl, and will come housed in a 350 gram jacket with a printed lyric insert.
ABSU (US) — The Sun of Tiphareth
Official reissue 2LP (CRYPT34-1)
Texas occult metal legends once again join forces with The Crypt to unleash their sophomore masterpiece The Sun of Tiphareth. Originally released as a 3xLP box set back in 2013 that sold out almost immediately, we are proud to offer this gem as an affordable standard alternative. Expect the usual Crypt standards for this classic gem of almost two hours of Mythological, Mystical Occult Metal.
ABSU started in 1989 in Plano, Texas. Starting as death metal, they evolved more towards a mix of black metal and thrash metal by their second album and beyond and also incorporating various elements of celtic, folk, jazz fusion, progressive rock and psychedelia into their overall sound. Lyrical themes vary from myths and legends, weaponry, sorcery, alchemy, cosmology and beyond.
These killer slabs of wax come housed in a 350 gram gatefold jacket featuring the original The Sun of Tiphareth cover artwork by Kris Verwimp, and the original 1995 Osmose Records gatefold jacket layout. LP 1 will feature the original 1995 sound recording mastered from the original DAT tape and LP 2 will feature the 2013 remix of the album sounding as the band originally intended.
Limited to 500 copies, this 2xLP set will be limited to 175 on black vinyl, 175 on aqua vinyl and 150 on transparent orange vinyl.
ALL TITLES AVAILABLE 8/31/2016.
Preorder now at www.darksymphonies.com
CRYPT 76: OVERTHROW Can) Within Suffering / Bodily Domination Official DLP
CRYPT 75: MORBIUS (USA) Alienchrist Official DLP
CRYPT 74: I.N.C. (INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND) (USA) Razorback Official DLP
CRYPT 73: CATACOMB (Fra) The Lurker at the Threshold / In the Maze of Kadath Official LP
CRYPT 72: SUPURATON (Fra) Sultry Obsession + Bonus tracks Official LP
CRYPT 71: WARGASM (USA) Why Play Around? Official LP
CRYPT 70: SUPURATON (Fra) The Cube / Promo 91 Official DLP reissue
CRYPT 69: MORBIUS (USA) The Shades Below Official LP
CRYPT 68: EXOTO (Bel) Carnival of Souls + Bonus Tracks Official DLP
CRYPT 67: MERCYLESS (Fra) Abject Offerings Official reissue LP
CRYPT 11: UNCANNY (Swe): Splenium For Nyktophobia Official LP
CRYPT 09: PAN.THY.MONIUM (Swe): Dawn / Dream II Official LP reissue
CRYPT 66: TRANSGRESSOR (Jpn) Ether For Scapegoat + Bonus Tracks Official DLP
CRYPT 65: SEPTIC FLESH (Gre) Esoptron Classic Edition Official reissue LP
CRYPT 63: MISERY (Aus) Insidious Official LP
CRYPT 58: SEPTICFLESH (Gre) Communion Official reissue gatefold LP
CRYPT 57: ABSU (USA): The Temples of Offal / Return of the Ancients (WHITE JACKET) Official LP
CRYPT 57: ABSU (USA): The Temples of Offal / Return of the Ancients (BLACK JACKET) Official LP
CRYPT 55: FUNERAL (Nor): Tragedies Official Gatefold DLP
CRYPT 54: DECOLLATION (Liers in Wait / Grotesque) (Swe) Cursed Lands Official Gatefold LP
CRYPT 52: MACERATION (Den) A Serenade Of Agony Official LP
CRYPT 51: HYDRA VEIN (UK) Rather Death than False of Faith / The Reptilliad 25th Anniversary DLP
CRYPT 48: PAN.THY.MONIUM (Swe): Khaooohs STANDARD EDITION LP
CRYPT 47: PAN.THY.MONIUM (Swe): Dawn of Dreams STANDARD EDITION LP
CRYPT 45: SACRIFICIAL (Den) Forever Entangled + Demos Official 2xLP set
CRYPT 42: A CANOROUS QUINTET (Swe) Silence of the World Beyond Official LP
CRYPT 18: AS SERENITY FADES (Fin): Earthborn / AUGUST MOON (Fin): Rosegardens Official 2xLP