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SKRYPT – Discord

  • Review by: Madhav R

Big things come in small packages. Hyderabad based thrash metallers Skrypt must’ve had that adage in mind when they released their debut 4 track EP ‘Discord’. Honestly, I’d never heard Skrypt’s music before and having never watched them live, I didn’t know what to expect when I put in the CD in and I must say, what happened next was quite unexpected.

The album kickstarted with ‘Artifice’ and the first thing that hits me was the sheer intensity of the music; heavy, heavy metal building up from zero and bursting into groove with animalistic growls and solid drumming to go. The music carries a lot of ‘modern’ thrash influences, not that I had a problem with that. ‘Anathema’ was next; a slow, crushingly heavy song. The intro for some reason, reminded me of the cold, frost-bitten plains of Norway but once the vocals kicked in, it was thrash all the way. The song, from what I understood (and from what Abbas, the bass player for Skrypt told me) is about a dream he had, about the dog-eat-dog world we live in. ‘Supremacy’ continues in the same vein as the previous tracks and the last song ‘Constructing The Absolute’ passed by, bringing the train to a grinding halt; a little more than 20 minutes since the opening strains of the ‘Artifice’. Right through the album, I heard hints of Textures, Gojira, Meshuggah, and also classic death/thrash like Testament which is probably what caught my attention the most. There were also a couple of standard ‘clichéd’ bits but when weighed against the other guitar parts, was almost negligible. I especially liked the slight melodic backdrop to the riffs that added so much value and character to the music.

The entire EP features some pretty nifty drum work (although it would’ve been great to have a little more ‘punchy’ bass drum tones) and some really good solos. At the risk of sound like a male chauvinist pig, I’d say I was extremely impressed with Ramya’s riffing. It’s not every day you find a female guitarist who can hold her place with style and aplomb among the other ‘men’ of metal. I couldn’t find any visible fault with the recording quality although the actual packaging seemed very flimsy and of slightly inferior quality as compared to the usual industry standards.

Bottom Line: Good thrash metal with a modern edge; a ‘big’ release from the land of Tollywood and dum biriyani, a title you should NOT ignore and if this EP is any indication, a band you MUST catch live.