Genre: Death Metal
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Redefining Darkness Records
Year: 2018

It is rather common for a band to release a single or an EP after a studio album (especially when it had a good acceptance from both the Press and the audience) in order to keep its ‘name’ hot and the interest of their fans warm until their upcoming album. That’s exactly the idea behind Sentient Horror’s ‘The Crypts Below’. The material of the EP is all brand new and fresh. No leftovers, B’ sides or relics from their debut. Having a get you from the throat music approaching, you know certainly what you should expect from this mini album. Fast guitars, blast beats within reasonable limits, brutal riffing, relentless vox, Stockholm’s signature HM-2 sound and a refreshing youthful pummeling drumming combine a result that delivers a pure Scandinavian death metal nightmare despite Sentient Horror are hailing from New Jersey. There are a few that have been changed since the 2016 debut album entitled Ungodly Forms, in fact the song “Hell Marked” could have been one of its tracks playing the role of a bridge connecting these two releases. There’s a more haunting landscape aura and a melodic -still ferocious- in the veins of Dismember or Grave melodic -no Gothenburg here guys!- atmosphere. There is also the obvious influence of Edge of Sanity (that is marked by the covering of Darkday, taken from 1993’s The Spectral Sorrows album, yes the one that has the Blood of My Enemies cover on Manowar!) besides the Entombed, Bloodbath and the aforementioned Grave and Dismember, but definitely Sentient Horror add their own strong personality once again in order to create this massive result. The EP was produced by bandleader Matt Moliti, mixed by Damian Herring (Subterranean Watchtower Studios, Virginia USA) and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios. The cover artwork was created by Juanjo Castellano.