#175 | Album Review | Cryptic Shift – Visitations From Enceladus

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Greetings interstellar travelers of the void. With this episode, we transmit to you Cryptic Shift’s debut LP, Visitations from Enceladus. Coined as “phenomenal technological astrodeath,” this intelligent sci-fi-themed album is quite the space trek. Ryan and I enjoyed reading the complex lore crafted within the lyrics as the sound waves immolated our cerebrums. From inter-dimensional space travel to celestial ancient space beings, I note several times how I could read a whole book on this content. Throw in some atmospheric laser guitar riffs, warped bass grooves, theatrical growls, and asteroid pulverizing drums, and you got yourself one galaxy-obliterating album.

Cryptic Shift is a four-piece that hails from Leeds, United Kingdom. They first transmitted us earthlings an EP titled Beyond The Celestial Realms  in 2016. Establishing themselves within the sci-fi-driven theme, they then released another EP, Cosmic Dreams, in 2017. This release starts the immense space-traveling venture we see in Visitations From Enceladus. The band crafts a monolithic variety of genres and sounds such as aggressive thrash metal, grooving progressive instrumentals, and bleak atmospheric landscapes. These are just a few fragments within this wide-ranging album that will leave you withered in the vacuum of space by the end. Man, existing as a frozen space raisin would make a quality concept album.

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You can purchase the digital transmissions at Cryptic Shift’s Bandcamp. Get yourself one of the stellar t-shirts and physical forms of the album at Big Cartel. Keep up on their social media at Facebook and Instagram. This album taught me that Enceladus is a moon of Saturn, as well as a giant in Greek mythology, but man does it make me crave enchiladas when I see that title!

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Coming up in the next episode, we tackle the angular monstrosity of Imperial Triumphant’s Alphaville. Till the next time, drift on into the void listeners!

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