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(1996 – present)

Beginning life in 1996 as a guttural, Horror-obsessed Death/Grind band, Crypticus has progressed to encompass experimental Horror soundtrack elements while remaining dedicated to Death Metal’s heritage.

Originally inspired by early-’90s Death & Grind acts such as Bolt Thrower, Deceased, Celtic Frost, Carcass, Dismember, & Hypocrisy - Crypticus was founded by musician/producer Patrick Bruss in 1996. The project became a duo once Norwegian Brynjar Helgetun (Liklukt, The Grotesquery) joined on drums in 2009.

After several very primitive demos recorded on home stereo equipment, the first proper EP “Unholy Secrecies” was completed in 2002. This effort drew the attention of Razorback Records who signed-on to release the full-lengths: “Dedicated to the Impure” (2005), the flawed, yet experimental “They Called Me Mad!” (2008), & the darkest & most accomplished of the three, “The Barrens” (2013).

Over the course of three albums, Crypticus incorporated more & more dark mood elements, including pipe organs, choirs, & progressive guitar melodies that reveal Bruss’ interest in horror soundtracks of the ’60s - ’80s, while maintaining the crushing heft of Death Metal.

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  • DisConduct

    new album is great.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • asketx

    Damn this is good.

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • metal-tm

    Review "Crypticus / Scaremaker (Split)" (8/10) -->

    9 Feb 2012 Reply
  • TheTrueSeker

    With that said, I'm the kind of music nerd who enjoys listening to three or four different versions of songs sequentially, just to hear how the song develops and changes (probably why I like the new re-issue of Depravity's demos and EPs so much). Most people should probably just stick to this new remaster, especially seeing as you'd have to drop like forty bucks on eBay to get a copy of the original CD. So, so glad I got into Crypticus a few years ago and managed to get the first album for like twenty bucks.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • TheTrueSeker

    Yeah, just got that digital version myself. I actually own the original CD, and I can honestly say that this one is way, way better. Very punchy, direct mix that suits the more barbaric nature of the material (as compared to the more subtle and atmospheric second album) quite well. I've got both versions on my iPod since I still like the old version a lot, because of the atmospheric murky sound it has, the horror samples, and the way all the tracks flow into each other (as opposed to the deliberate song separation going on with the remaster). Both versions are pretty great, and it kind of just depends on what kind of mood I'm in when it comes to picking one, but the new version is probably where most newcomers should start when it comes to Crypticus' debut.

    7 Oct 2011 Reply
  • GalacticKiller

    Just bought the digital edition of Dedicated to the Impure. Hope it is as good as the EP.

    13 Jul 2011 Reply
  • crypticus

    At last, the 2011 digital edition of the long out-of-print CRYPTICUS album "Dedicated to the Impure" is here! Fully remastered to modern standards from the original source tracks & edited for digital music players. Exclusively available for download at:

    2 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Alejandro-outro

    esta bien si oe!

    4 Mar 2010 Reply
  • TheTrueSeker

    I just got around to listening to that podcast. Pretty cool stuff, I'm looking forward to checking out Obliteration.

    19 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Nomadfyllan

    good stuff

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • TheTrueSeker

    I love the convoluted song structures. I can't believe no one else thought of what Crypticus is doing before: take Swedish style death metal, but put everything into complex, unpredictable songs instead of rock-based verse/chorus stuff.

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Orangeandblack

    who the fuck tagged this as gore grind -.-

    15 Jun 2009 Reply
  • FBCadaver

    Liking They Called Me Mad, the best DM I've heard in a while.

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Scratch that... Old Skool is taking over, Pulverized is average

    8 Apr 2009 Reply
  • Lost_Souls_UK

    Razorback and Pulverised are taking over.

    6 Apr 2009 Reply
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    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • beer_snob

    Good stuff \m/

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • BloodHymns ----> ENTER

    25 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Bromadrosis

    Fuckin' A, is there anything on Razorback Records that isn't pure WIN?

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
  • MetalConfusion

    First album sounds so fucken sick. I bet the new one will be super solid. I am still yet to listen to it. :D

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
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