Cryptic Slaughter

Members of Cryptic Slaughter: Bill Crooks, Bret Davis (2), Brian Lehfeldt, Les Evans, Rob Nicholson, Scott Peterson
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.myspace.com/officialcrypticslaughter, http://www.relapse.com/label/artist/cryptic-slaughter.html, http://www.facebook.com/CRYPTICSLAUGHTER

Discography of Cryptic Slaughter:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Convicted 14 Audio 1986
2 Convicted 25 Audio 2003 Relapse Records
3 Money Talks 24 Audio 2003 Relapse Records
4 Convicted 14 Audio 1989 Death Records (3)
5 Money Talks 12 Audio 1987 Death Records (3)
6 Money Talks 12 Audio 1987
7 Money Talks 12 Audio 2005 SOA Records
8 Stream Of Consciousness 12 Audio 1988 Roadrunner Records
9 Convicted 14 Audio 2003 SOA Records
10 Stream Of Consciousness 11 Audio 1988
11 Speak Your Peace 9 Audio 1990 Metal Blade Records
12 Theme From Ozobozo / Convicted 27 Audio 2004
13 Speak Your Peace 9 Audio 1990 Metal Blade Records
14 Speak Your Peace 9 Audio 1994-05-24 Metal Blade Records
15 Convicted 14 Audio 1986
16 Theme From Ozobozo / Convicted 27 Audio 2004
17 Speak Your Peace 9 Audio 1991 MG Records (2)
18 Money Talks 21 Audio
19 Speak Your Peace 9 Audio 1990 Metal Blade Records
20 Life In Grave + Rehearsals / Live 1985-1987 24 Audio 2013-06-00 F.O.A.D. Records
21 Life In Grave + Rehearsals / Live 1985-1987 24 Audio 2013-06-00 F.O.A.D. Records
22 Convicted 13 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
23 Convicted 13 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
24 Convicted 13 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
25 Money Talks 12 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
26 Money Talks 12 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
27 Money Talks 12 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
28 Money Talks 12 Audio 2014-02-18 Relapse Records
29 Convicted 14 Audio 1986 Banzai Records
30 Stream Of Consciousness 11 Audio 1988 Death Records (2)


The original Speedcore merchants, Cryptic Slaughter dealt a West Coast hand into the late 80's Crossover movement, a movement that saw the normally warring armies of punk rock and thrash metal finally come together into a unified front bent on exposing social injustice and political hypocrisy. Powered by a previously unimagined sense of informed aggression, the band's uncompromising political stance and lightning-fast tempos ultimately proved too harsh for mainstream tastes, but their status as underground legends remains unquestioned.

Vocalist/bassist Bill Crooks, guitarists Les Evans and Adam Scott, and drummer Scott Peterson first met while playing on their High School soccer team, and formed Cryptic Slaughter in 1984. Adam Scott was soon on the outs, but the remaining trio still managed to cut their five-song Life in Grave" demo by May of the following year. Its sheer speed and unbridled ferocity quickly made it a favorite conversation piece on the all-important underground tape-trading network -- a worldwide phenomenon that had already launched dozens of successful acts before them -- and eventually landed Cryptic Slaughter a contract with fast-rising independent Metal Blade Records.

Issued in 1986, the band's debut album Convicted introduced new bassist Rob Nicholson (freeing Crooks to focus on his rabid vocal delivery) and somehow crammed fourteen tracks into a violently giddy, adrenalin-charged half hour, every single cut spewing a torrent of anti-establishment bile and fury. Follow-up efforts like 1987's Money Talks and 1988's Stream Of Consciousness added only the smallest of sonic refinements, and kept the group's ever-expanding legion of fans happy by staying true to their original, raw and frenetic style.


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