Fragarak – Crypts of Dissimulation
Release Date: May 5, 2013
When I think of metal, India is not the first country that comes to mind. That doesn’t really have much to do with the country itself but it is more my ignorance of India. Fragarak are a progressive death metal from New Delhi, India. The band takes their name from Celtic mythology of all things. Fragarach is the sword of Manannan mac Lir, a sea deity in Irish mythology. Fragarak was formed by Supratim Sen (vocals), Kartikeya Sinha (bass), Arpit Pradhan (guitar), Ruben Franklin (guitar) and Sagar Siddhant (drums) in 2011.
Crypts of Dissimulation is Fragarak’s debut full length release. While it is far from a perfect album it does showcase a band that is full of promise. Musically the band reminds me of other technical death metal luminaries Obscura. “Savor the Defiance” kicks off the album in epic fashion and displays Franklin and Pradhan’s guitar skills. The second track, “Insurgence” covers more traditional death metal territory and vocalist Sen shows a bit more of his range. Throughout the album, the rhythm section of Sinha and Siddhant keep things punchy and interesting. I was afraid that the band would only stick to progressive noodling, but “Cryptic Convulsion” ramps up the aggression and changes the album’s tempo.
For a self-released album “Crypts of Dissimulation” works really well as a great demo album. But this a band that would really benefit from better production and label support. I could easily see this band touring on one of the summer metal tours. With the right support Fragarak could easily make a name for themselves in the international metal scene. Do yourself a favor and check the band out on Bandcamp. Fragarak will be one to watch.
Stand out tracks: “Insurgence”, “Effacing the Esotery”, and the best track, “Cryptic Convulsion”