David Allen

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It should never be suggested that graveyards are less than a total inspiration to rock bands, especially of the heavy metal variety. There's the highly thought of Mental Crypt, the Crypt Kickers, the…
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It should never be suggested that graveyards are less than a total inspiration to rock bands, especially of the heavy metal variety. There's the highly thought of Mental Crypt, the Crypt Kickers, the Crypt Keepers, and just plain old Crypt, which is where Australian bassist David Allen comes in, his amplifier undoubtedly turned up to maximum. He lays down the stomach-trampling basslines in this Brisbane-based band, which also features guitarist Nathan Pilch, vocalist Grant Martin, and drummer Cliff Young. Crypt promotes its music as "brutal total death metal in the Suffocation mould," but goes on to compare musical texture with pea soup, a kindler and gentler image to be sure. On a continent traditionally known for intense rock bands, since its formation in 1993, Crypt has attempted to establish itself as the most extreme of them all.

The band originally featured Alan Bennet on drums when it started up, and he is the fellow who pounds out the rhythms on the group's early demos and debut EP simply entitled Crypt. This title was perhaps a good suggestion of where to set up the stereo system in order to listen to the record without disturbing anyone, at least not anyone who is still alive. Young, a former member of Invocation, came into the group shortly thereafter and is present on the full-length El Nino recording. The Crypt rhythm section is said to have undergone a transformation at this point, Allen and Young locking into more pointedly rhythmic grooves. The group called it quits in 2000.