Genre: Epic Death Metal Melodic Death Metal Symphonic Black Metal
Label: Self Released
American epic melodic death metallers Crepuscle from Redwood City, California have recently released their debut full-length album. The band was formed in 2006 under the name Draconian Winter and released the demo EP “Silent Reverie” in 2007. After several line-up changes and music experimentation, they decided to give a new name to the project, thus Crepuscle was born. They began recording their debut album since 2010 and they managed to self-release it only four years later, in August 2014 after a lot of hard work! The album title is “Draconian Winter“, paying this way a small tribute to their beginning.
Crepuscle seems to be a very ambitious band. They experiment with various metal genres, borrowing elements from epic, melodic, technical and symphonic death black metal. “Draconian Winter” consists of 10 songs, with a total duration a little over 41 minutes. The basis of their compositions is melodic death metal, with technical melodic guitars and epic keys. Guitars are clearly dominating their sound with heavy riffs, wonderful melodic leads and amazing solos, often influenced by classical music. Their songs are very complex, constantly changing rhythms, moving smoothly from really fast tempos and blast beats to slower acoustic passages. Synths give a symphonic color to their music, sometimes with grandiose bombastic keys and most of the time by simply accompanying the guitars. Their sound is very rich and technical and their production is good, especially for a first effort, but there is still room for improvement, since the genre they play is quite demanding. I like very much their orchestrations and in my opinion their beautiful instrumental parts, especially those with the virtuosic guitar solos, is their strong card. Their vocals are the typical growls, changing from death grunts to black metal screams and few epic choirs. Eligio Tapia, who is also their guitarist and founding member, sings equally good in various “extreme” styles. In my opinion though, their vocal lines need more work to match the level of their music, at least in terms of composition and melody. Their lyrics deal with dark obscure epic themes and you can find them in the CD booklet.
“Draconian Winter” is a very interesting and promising debut. Crepuscle seems to be a quite skilled band and I believe that with a more coherent songwriting they could make something great in the overcrowded epic melodic symphonic death black metal genre that they chose to serve. “Draconian Winter” is self-released, both digitally in their official Bandcamp page and in physical CD format. It comes in standard jewel-case edition with a 12-page booklet and two 3″X 5″ Crepuscle vinyl bumper stickers. Cover artwork and art concept is by Michael Schmenk. You can visit their official pages below for more details.