Hemingway: once shot a motherfucking lion.

So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society. Like washing my car.

Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone.

This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should have heard of.

BONG: behold Crydebris.

As per shitting usual, I came across Crydebris long after they had broken up, and after spinning their one and only EP The Severing about fifty squillion times since, it should be no surprise that I am a very sad panda.

As it is (and will be) with a lot of bands featured in this column, Crydebris were a British effort, and so it cuts me a little deeper than ever that they’re gone, when a disproportionately small amount of decent British bands actually get the recogniton they deserve. But such is life.

Remarkably (or perhaps not), when they were active Crydebris were pretty young – we’re talking mid to late teens. Usually these are the formative years of a young person’s musical abilities, and are inevitably laced with suck. But it was not so. Not for these four songs, at least.

01. The Severing
02. Vertigo
03. Mononoke-Picture
04. Atonement

It’s a neat little package, to be sure. Clocking in at around 25 minutes, it feels like a lot less.

Originally, the EP consisted of only the first three tracks, but it was re-released last year by the very excellent Eyesofsound with the bonus fourth track. This label has a growing place in my heart, being behind many a great release in recent years. In fact, the CD came packaged with an absolutely stunning free demo by The Mire, who were the subject of one of my first posts here.

I mentioned their young age, but the lyrics show a maturity (and vocabulary) greater than many older bands. To me that’s always been important – I like my words. And let’s face it, a lot of metal bands’ lyrics blow – it’s just easier to disguise with death growls and shrieking.

Extra points were scored with me in making reference to the excellent Princess Mononoke, one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films of all time (hell, they’re all pretty damn good).

I have absolutely no idea why they split up. Given their youth, it could have been something to do with university, but I couldn’t say for sure. What I can tell you is that Matthew Holden is now in the excellent Rinoa (again with the references to Japanese culture), who are forging their own way forward in the British metal scene.

Anyway, the music is pacey and atmospheric, and shit me, it can be downloaded for proper cheap mate, innit. Eyesofsound’s e-store will also ship to Europe & America, and it’s also on Spotify I believe. Go forth and acquire!

- CG

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