INTERVIEW: Cryptosis

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

-Thanks for having us! We are doing fine! Really busy with the release of our debut-album, but that’s all very rewarding!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Prospect of Immortality”?

Prospect of Immortality is written as a suicide note with an open ending. A girl thinks she is diagnosed with a mental illness, gets institutionalized. She believes suicide is the only one way out. At every attempt she fails to succeed as her thoughts, vitals and surroundings are carefully monitored 24/7. Did she succeed? Or is she just tired of fighting and gave up? This is definitely one of the more progressive songs on the album. This is not your typical verse-chorus structured song. Prospect of Immortality consists of 5 chapters, where each chapter resembles a reflection of the main character’s observations and feelings.

This song truly resembles the diversity of the album. This is one of the slower and more atmospheric songs on the album.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

We had a great time shooting this video! We did the bandshots first and a few weeks later we went to a really cool location in our hometown Enschede, called Spacebar. We did a full day of shooting the storyline there. A few different scenes with different actors and a lot of ideas we wanted to try on the spot. It was a really creative day for us and we had a great time with an amazing team!

The single comes off your new album Bionic Swarm – what’s the story behind the title?

All the songs of the album are linked together by a single concept. Bionic Swarm resembles the cluster of songs that are fired upon its listener.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took us almost 2 years to finish the writing process. All songs started with 1 riff or melody and we built from there. We all have home recording studios and we share a cloud folder where we upload new ideas and new versions of each song. When the songs were 90% ready we locked ourselves in a cabin in the woods with a rehearsal room and recording studio in it. We played all songs over and over for 10 days in a row and worked on the last details.

After 10 days in this cabin we went to the studio to record the drums! This took Marco around 6 days to finish. We only did 2 songs a day, because we had the time and we did not want to rush anything and make decisions under time pressure. After the drums, Laurens and Franck recorded the Guitars and Bass in their home studio, and we re-amped that signal later in the same studio. This saves a lot of time in the studio and recording at home without having to think about sound, you can focus way better on your playing and getting all the parts right. On the Reamping day we spent a few hours tweaking the amp settings and microphones and got the best guitar and bass sound possible!

How did the pandemic influence the writing and overall work on this album?

We are very happy that the album was recorded before the pandemic started. We recorded all instruments between October 2019 and January 2020. The Mix, Master and Artwork are all done by artists far away from us. After recording the album everything was done online. So we did not have any delays or difficulties in the process. Finding a Label to release the music started to look like a big challenge, as all Labels had to fire staff and economize because of big losses in the financial department caused by Covid. Luckily Century Media started to show interest and we worked out a deal with which  we all are happy. It’s a pleasure  to have this label on our side and work with them!

What role does the Netherlands play in your music?

Apart from the fact that we live and rehearse there, not much.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We get inspired by a wide variety of daily events, movies, series etc. Some of our concepts are inspired by the Netflix Series called ‘Black Mirror’.

What else is happening next in Cryptosis’ world?

On April 24 we will play a Livestream Albumrelease show. Free for everyone to watch, all over the world. Maybe events like this might happen more often in the future as liveshows are far away from us… We will see what happens and what will come our way. We have a lot of positive feedback and comments on our new music, so we will try our best to serve our fans whatever they want, on live on stage or through the internet.

CRYPTOSIS released their debut album Bionic Swarm on March 26th. The album is available in the following formats and can be ordered HERE:

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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