Tomb Mold – Cryptic Transmissions (2017) REVIEW

Toronto based old school death metal wraiths Tomb Mold make their best impression in short bursts. Their coffin-birthed form of death bleeds ‘Severed Survival’ scented blood and coughs up putrid, gaseous Convulse influenced horror. If you’re unfamiliar with the band’s thudding, fungoid full-length ‘Primordial Malignity’ from earlier this year: Allow ‘Cryptic Transmissions’ to be your jumping off point. I couldn’t think of a better thirteen minutes of meaty, gutting death metal from 2017 and I’m desperate to hear more each time the demo ends.

The biggest change made here is the four piece touring line-up now appears to be featured on this recording. Unlike the full-length, the sound quality is less obscured but without the loss of the cavernous personality the band is known for. The bass presence is enormous and distorted just enough to cause nightmares, the riffs are adventurous but never indulgent, and the drumming has the nervous punk energy that drives the best extreme metal.

‘Cryptic Transmissions’ embodies what initially draws so many to the sound of death metal, the obscure mental depravity and occult darkness of it is skull-melting. They’re certainly not reinventing the genre, in fact the classic ‘DIY’ feel of the tape sleeve is spot on nostalgia, but they manage to provide an incredibly tasteful and timeless set of mental bruises for anyone willing to listen.


Artist Tomb Mold
Type Demo
Released September 14, 2017
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Exploding chest cavity. 3.75/5.0