Introducing… Crypitus!

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 but since August of 2017 they have joined forces with Joe Minard and plan to slay all the way down the coast as a quartet. The summer of 2018 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. After tackling the east coast in 2018 with stops from Montreal QC to Richmond VA without missing any hot spots between like Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Boston the group decided it was time to make an album. So they took north to Plattsburgh NY to take the melting pot of ideas and form them into the cohesive art; Ill World (That’s What You Get). With help from John Bradley with Bluvudu Production they recorded a 6 song album, finished off with the mastering work of Sean Conklin the album features songs older and newer through the years of music Ill World attempts to showcase the style of metal that Crypitus has to offer. Through milestones such as, Exhibit 1: Prelude to the Dead World, Danger Single, Crypitus iN Braille Tour 2018, Higher Ground Debut (Burlington VT) and two performances at a wonderful annual festival called Herdflock, one thing remains true, through passion and tenacity; Crypitus will continue moving forward.
Shayne recently spoke with the band, in order to get to know them..

What does the band name mean to you?

Zach: Crypitus is the sound of breaking bones.

Pete: Crypitus is Latin for the sound of bones breaking.

Doug: Crypitus; bone snapping, crispy tones and blistering sounds. 

Where is Crypitus based?

Zach: Mendon, VT

How long have you been together?

Zach: We’ve been playing together for about 3.5 years now.

Joe: I’ve been in the band around 2 years. 

Doug: I had original started working on Crypitus in 2015 but due to differences there was a reformation in May of 2016 and we haven’t really stopped since. 

What style of music do you play?

Zach: It’s kind of a proggy thrash metal groove sound.

Pete: It’s pretty technical and groovy.

Doug: It’s our take on heavy metal, thrashy old sounds with a modern metal twist. 


Give us the story of the bands formation.

Zach: Doug and Pete were already playing together. I was desperately searching the internet for local musicians to jam with. Pete was the guy that responded. Joe came along by suggestion from a mutual friend, after we had had a terrible time finding and keeping a bassist. The rest is history.

Pete: Doug and I were roommates and jammed on what are now Crypitus songs. We decided to find a drummer and Zach was looking for people to jam with and it worked out.

Joe: I joined the band after my friend introduced me. 

Doug: Crypitus like I said didn’t really begin until 2016 and the line up besides our bass player has always been Pete Zach and I. We have always had trouble in our low end section which resulted in many 3 piece performances but when we got Joe involved the stars align. We now spend our time writing music, practicing and beating up New England and beyond with our music. 

Tell us about your influences.

Zach: My influences include Blake Richardson, Mike Portnoy, Frank Zappa.

Pete: I’m influenced by Frank Zappa, Between the Buried and Me, Mastodon, Return to Forever, Intervals. 

Joe: Metallica, Primus and SOAD. 

Doug: I like Death, lots of thrash metal bands like Exodus, Death Angel.


Tell us about your latest release.

Zach: Our latest release is called “Ill World (That’s what you get)”. It’s set to be released on September 21st. We also have a single, “Out of Line”, coming out this Friday, September 6th. It’s our first actual album and we are excited to unleash it upon this ill world.

Pete: Our first album is called I’ll World (That’s What You Get) and it’ll be available on Bandcamp and Spotify on September 21st.

Joe: We have our first album coming out in September. 

Doug: We recorded “Ill World” in Plattsburgh NY at Bluvudu Productions with John Bradley, its a six track album with songs that depicts inner tragedy, global disaster and warning signs of a dying planet wrapped in one juicy package. Buy it on 9/21/19 at

Where is your music available?

Zach: Our music is/will be available on most streaming sites -spotify, YouTube, Bandcamp etc…

Doug: We are on Spotify, Iheartradio, pandora, iTunes, deezer where we can stick our nose

What are your goals for the bands future?

Zach: Our goal, in a nutshell, is to make cool music, play a bunch of shows and to have as much fun as humanly possible doing it

Pete: As far as we can take it. We’ll keep booking shows and playing around and see how far we can get

Joe: World domination

Doug: Continue to do what we do and enjoy ourselves doing it! 


If you could share the stage with any other band or artist, who would you chose?

Zach: I would choose Between the Buried and Me. They’re my favorite.

Pete: Aaron Marshall of Intervals or Plini would be cool to play with.

Joe: Les Claypool. 

Doug: We have come very very close to sharing the stage with Municipal Waste that’s still a goal of mine. 

What can you tell us about your live shows?

Zach: Our shows are a fun experience. There’s lots of clowning around and good energy. Doug likes to run around in the crowd with his guitar during our set to get people moving too. It’s a lot of fun. You should come.

Pete: Our live shows have a lot of energy, headbanging, running around with the crowd, crazy looking guitar faces

Joe: Moshing and high energy except me because I’m lazy.

Doug: We do our absolute best to get everyone excited to see us, get some heads banging, crowd moving.

Do you have any upcoming gigs to promote?

Zach: Yes. We are playing in Westfield, MA at Shenanigans on September 13th and we’re releasing our album Sept 21st at the Monopole in Plattsburgh, NY.

Pete: Westfield, Massachusetts on September 13th and Plattsburgh, New York on the 21st for our album release

Doug: We have a couple Vermont shows happening this year too, 10/13 in Winooski and 11/1 in Mendon!

What do you think sets you apart from other bands?

Zach: We’re a metal band with a fun sound. Our music tends to sound a bit happier than most metal bands. We also have a fairly unique stage presence. You’ll have to check it out sometime.

Pete: We don’t really try to sound like anything but ourselves. There’s definitely a more hopeful sound to our music than some other bands.

Joe: I’m not sure but i think we sound somewhat unique.

Doug: We try not to ride the same ride as everyone else for the sake of originality. 

Explain why you think a new listener should give your music a go.

Zach: You never know; try it. You may like it.

Pete: If you like technical guitar playing with good grooves and interesting song structures you’ll like our music.

Joe: We got neat music so give it a listen. 

What has been your biggest achievement as a band, so far?

Zach: We’ve played a few really good shows lately, but I think our biggest accomplishment is going to be releasing our album. It’s been a long time coming and we’re very excited.

Pete: We just played at RPM fest in Massachusetts. That was the festival we jumped on because a band dropped and it was one of the best shows, if not the best, we’ve ever played.

Joe: We just played rpm fest recently so probably that.

Doug: We have done some amazing shows but the album release is something very special for us. 

What else do you hope to achieve?

Zach: We’d like to play some bigger shows. Maybe go on tour with some of our idols. We’d love to accrue a large fan base too.

Pete: More shows, making lots more friends in the scenes, traveling more, and writing lots of new music.

Doug: More Canadian shows! 

Where can fans find you online?


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