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For some, black metal is a term never heard
before, or perhaps a genre that has come and
gone. In the Fort Wayne area, that’s not true at
Black metal, sometimes referred to as death
metal, still has a strong following in this area,
with a number of bands playing venues regularly.
One such band is Cryptic.
Since their formation in 2001, Cryptic have had
their share of different members. Now, after over
more than a year together, the current lineup –
which consists of vocalist Terry Linn, bassist
Rick LaSalle, drummer Jason Hatzell, and
guitarists Bill Klug and Keeb Sutton – seems set.
There is a lot of experience between them;
they’ve been tearing up the local scene for
awhile now in bands like Das Macht, Kor,
Subconcious and Venesection. Now this all-star
line-up comes together and continues to stay true
to their metal roots with what Linn describes as
“brutal black death music.
“We write perfectly together and agree on
everyone’s ideas,” says Sutton about the healthy
bond of the band.
“We are all striving for the same goal,” adds
Klug. That is something that definitely shows
during their live performances. The heavy riffs
blaring from both seven-string guitars and the
five-string bass, the pounding of the drums, and
the commanding vocals coming from Linn, all seems
to gel together perfectly. Just taking a glance
at Linn, you may ask yourself, “where in the
world does that voice come from?”
On top of all the local gigs they have been
playing, Cryptic have done their share of
traveling. Last year they played the Gods of
Blastphemy Festival in New York which took place
in Manhattan, and early this year they hit the
stage for Doomfest in Detroit. Coming up on the
weekend of September 17-18, the band will be
heading back to Detroit for the International
Metal Fest. Bands will be coming from as far away
as Texas to play the festival, and there will be
some from overseas as well. The band has plans to
go back to New York as well as Texas and
Minneapolis (where LaSalle plans on getting more
ink on his body).
Just recently, the guys stuck with their notion
to keep the metal alive here in Fort Wayne by
throwing their own festival, Bloodfest. Held at
Legends Sports Bar, Bloodfest consisted of eight
brutal bands, vendors and giveaways. In addition
to local bands, they also brought in bands from
“It was good to see that there are that many
people still true to the metal. That night we
noticed a lot of old school people coming out of
the woodwork,” said Linn.
With all the success from Bloodfest, Linn adds,
“it’s definitely going to be an annual event.”
They all feel Bloodfest has the potential of
becoming a big annual event.
Since they all grew up around the area, they
know that there are still some true metalheads in
Fort Wayne. “It’s cool to see the same 10
metalheads at each show, but we know there [are]
more out there; we just need to get them off the
couch,” said Klug.
Hatzell adds, “Slayer sold out at Piere’s. You
can’t tell me there are no metalheads that are
hungry for the music.”
The guys from Cryptic are currently adding the
finishing touches for their upcoming CD titled,
Once Holy Realm. The CD will be released
on their label, Dark Horizon Records out of Fort
Wayne. It will consist of eight brutal tracks and
should be available this summer. With track
titles such as “Bloodsoaked Memories,” “For When
the Gods Fail,” and “Embraced by Darkness,”
you’ve got to know that Cryptic aren’t messing
No matter what the future holds for Cryptic,
they plan on staying true to metal. The scene is
coming back after peaking about 10 years ago,
when you could catch a metal show every weekend.
One positive sign was the playing of death metal
on X102’s Metal Shop (although management put an
end to that).
If you still have that true metal deep inside
you or are wanting to see some of the most
barbaric music known to man, then check out a
Cryptic show as soon as you can. You won’t be