Toronto djoom duo Cryptonight are sharing with fans their latest lyric video for their track Abstersion in support of their debut album Black Ritual” released this past April.
Cryptonight’s song Abstertion (the title of which refers to the action or process of cleansing) is an unnerving experience, and also a bone-smashing one. Stripped-down and primeval in its sensations, it pounds with crushing drum blows and near-atonal chords, the combined effect of which is something like a series of meteor impacts on granite monoliths. Interspersed with those titanic detonations are sharp bursts of dissonant shrieking tones — and the vocals themselves have a screeching, nerve-abrading quality (sometimes paired with malevolent roaring).
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».