Imagined if you played a video game and cranked Blessed Are The Sick era of Morbid Angel but in a more thrashy, contemporary and modernized hybrid of death metal with hints of thrash and some brutal death in the mix, you get Texas’s Kryptik Mutation and the debut studio full-length offering Pulled From The Pit which is released on Redefining Darkness Records. Now, the artwork itself should give you a perspective on what these Texans are about but in retrospect, the music, lyrics and production containing such relentless and aggressiveness is filled of memorabilia left to right and therefore, they’ve rightfully earned that position spot for a killer album in 2021. They’ve not only submerged into the heaviest, menacing and experimental albums that came out in 2021, but for Kryptik Mutation’s side of things, there’s no repetitiveness within the album’s presentation nor generic sounding. This album is also magnificently produced as the tracks bring out a chaotic, apocalyptic and destructive energies are well utilized.
From eerie guitar work, lumbering paces of headbanging worthy drums and intense vocals, Pulled From The Pit is filled with rage, beautiful harmonics and descriptive songwriting it almost feels you’re listening to a metal driven video game soundtrack like DOOM, or Duke Nukem for example but their sense of brooding aggression, deep turmoil and rebellious strikes that punches you into a universe where the dependencies and summoned progressions unleash a path to set fourth and conquer anything in its own diabolical path.
This is a album opening up a portal to the gates of hell with songs such as Tied Under A Buzz Saw, Demon’s Crest and Dying To Rot will leave the listener speechless, scared and hanging a rope down your neck to swallow you whole as these Texans prove that the underground Texas metal scene is alive and kicking. Pulled From The Pit takes their passionate musicianship and influencing variations of extreme music is surely worth the time and effort to discover a well experimented album.
Overall Score: 9.0/10
Review by Jake Butler