Crypitus is a band originally formed in 2015 and revamped in 2016 with a new line up. The founding member Doug Friend in collaboration with Zach Patch and Peter Snee have reworked the framework for some original 2015 Crypitus tunes as well as an arsenal of their own new songs creating a good array of music. Crypitus is Heavy, Death, Thrash and Black Metal influenced band but reach out to pull from genres such as jazz, punk and even hardcore.
When the new group came together in May of 2016 they were hellbent to tighten their sound and play out! After a few hometown shows in Rutland VT they took to take off to the rest of New England. Started off in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and had spread their reach to Maine and Connecticut. In late November they had decided to lay down some recordings to continue to spread their reach and their music as far as possible. With the help of Doug and Zach Norford they have been working hard at contriving their dream with the upcoming demo titled “Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World.”
With established hit such as ‘Breakdown’, ‘Tundra’ and ‘Thunder’ the aim is to create a rounded dystopian image of the world to come and how we treat the world. For a long while Crypitus has played out at a three piece two guitars, drums and vocals and they will continue to do so until further notice. The summer of 2017 will prove to be a continuation of the strength and determination Crypitus has shown through the last year of their existence and with the release of the demo should help create more opportunities, more fun and more fans for the Homegrown Vermont Metal band; Crypitus.
How would you describe your music?
Doug: We are a thrashing blackened death metal bands summonded from the woods of Vermont to steal your soul!
Pete: Crypitus is the sound of breaking bones! Hard hitting riffs and screaming leads accompanied by ground shattering percussion. We’re a fusion of thrash, classic metal, progressive, with lots of other influences too.
Zach: Our music sounds like all the pent up energy and aggression that resides in the depths of our souls.
Tell us about the history of the band?
Doug: I formed Crypitus as a two piece in 2015 with an old friend of mine Logan Hayes. Due to a falling out the project was put on hold while I waited to get more people involved. Pete picked up a couple of my riffs after living together for a bit then we ran into Zach online and the rest is history!
Pete: Doug and I started jamming when we were roommates and soon tracked down Zach whose been around the music scene in our town his whole life.
Zach: I was desperately looking for folks to play music with. Pete was the first to respond; with Dougles in tow.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Doug: Dave Mustaine and Chuck Schuldiner are definitely my two metal idols.
Pete: Every band we play with influences me in different ways. Whether it’s seeing a band we’ve played with before and hearing a new song or being blown away by skill on an instrument, I take something from every show.
Zach : Blake Richardson from Between The Buried And Me and Mike Portnoy and Terry Bozzio are some of my biggest hero’s and influences.
What inspires you?
Doug: My inspiration to create is my loved ones who encourage me to follow my dreams, the inspiration to my songs is the damned world that we live in.
Pete: I’m inspired by the dudes I play music with. When we’re jamming and we click, where we’re all on the same page and we don’t even need to communicate to know what to do next, that’s the best feeling in the world.
Zach: My Girlfriend Stephanie, my own artwork, you know everyone and everything I hold dear. Also, seems like every time we play another gig there’s one or several bands that blow me away big time and make me want to work harder and play better.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Doug: I find that my writing hits me on the spot in any instant, I just have to be prepared!
Zach: We write in my basement. Sometimes it’s a basement, sometimes it’s a portal to another dimension.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Doug: My favorite song to play live is our instrumental piece “Symphony #1” its a song I wrote at 15 years old; its the old Crypitus tune, high in energy and wicked nostalgic for me.
Pete: My favorite song to play live is Thunder. Once that song starts it doesn’t fucking let up till the last note.
Zach: I don’t know, I have a lot of favorites to play, ‘Ash’, ‘Danger (Woo!)’, ‘Thunder’ and ‘Symphony #1’ are all my favorite
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Doug: I’d love to tour around with Gojira, The Black Dahlia Murder and Kreator! I mean, if it wouldn’t literally break the earth.
Zach: Megadeth will open up the shows at our dream tour across the world!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Doug: I think in comparison to the state of general industry the music industry is in good shape but on the same note I think the most solid acts nowadays are all DIY based.
Pete: The music industry is all about money when it should be about keeping music alive and staying true to what you want to play.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Doug: One time in Naugatuck Connecticut Petes amp got haunted by the ghost of a tremolo pedal for the last three songs, absolutely no better explanation for that occurrence.
Pete: We played a Halloween show way up in the middle of nowhere in Warren Vermont. The bar was so small there was barely room to set up the drums. We played the whole show dressed in food costumes sweating our assess off because there was a woodstove right next to the stage.
Zach: One time these ladies asked us for autographs, at first I thought they were making fun of us but they were being serious.
What are your future plans?
Doug: Our first studio release is coming soon! “Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World” will feature ‘Breakdown’, ‘Tundra’ and ‘Thunder’ and hopefully portray the state of the world we live in and also be a good first introduction to what we are all about!
Pete: I try not to think too far ahead but we have a demo coming out soon and plenty of shows this summer including a tour with our good friends in An Unction in Braille in August.
Zach: First we conquer America, then we take over the world!