Short bio: The futuristic multi-metal eruption of CRYPTOSIS, formerly known throughout the European metal underground as old school thrash mob Distillator, has signed with District 19 for European bookings & management!

Laurens Houvast [vocals/guitar], Frank te Riet [bass/mellotron/backing vocals] and Marco Prij [drums] have undergone a wholesale transformation and upgrade, resulting in a brand new band with a sound that is guaranteed to blow minds and wreck necks.

“When we started Distillator we were kids,” says Laurens. “We were still students and had a totally different vision of music. But wherever we went on the road, we learned more and more from each other, and we learned about each other’s preferences in music. “We love the music we used to play and we really wanted to play music that sounded like that at the time, but then you start to develop as an artist. We want to make music that is our sound, and not somebody else’s.”

“We took the name Cryptosis because it’s two words put together – on one side it’s ‘crypto’, like technology, crypto-currency and the digital world,” Laurens explains. “On the other side it’s ‘osis’ which comes from hypnosis, so the combination means the hypnosis of technology. People can’t live without technology and they’re hooked, and it will only get worse in the future, with technology being in total control. You’re hypnotised by the technology around you, and that’s Cryptosis.”

Reborn as forward-thinking explorers of the extreme metal cosmos, Cryptosis is what happens when metal is allowed to evolve, to expand and to breathe.


Booking territory: Europe
Active since: 2020
Country: The Netherlands
Current label: Century Media
Genre: Progressive Thrash Metal

Full length releases:

2021 ‘Bionic Swarm’

Upcoming shows

08-01-2022CryptosisHedonZwolleThe Netherlands
22-01-2022CryptosisNo Sleep MetalfestWestervoortThe Netherlands
19-02-2022CryptosisMetropoolEnschedeThe Netherlands
08-04-2022CryptosisSimplonGroningenThe Netherlands
09-04-2022CryptosisPatronaatHaarlemThe Netherlands
15-04-2022CryptosisGroene EngelOssThe Netherlands
16-04-2022CryptosisBaroegRotterdamThe Netherlands
28-05-2022CryptosisGraveland Open AirHoogeveenThe Netherlands
29-07-2022CryptosisBurning Q FestivalFreißenbüttelGermany
05-10-2022CryptosisBei Chez HeinzHannoverGermany
07-10-2022CryptosisVienna Metal MeetingViennaAustria
08-10-2022CryptosisBackstage MünchenGermany
11-10-2022CryptosisRock n'EatLyonFrance
15-10-2022CryptosisRCA ClubLisbonPortugal
16-10-2022CryptosisStage LiveBilbaoSpain
17-10-2022CryptosisLe RexToulouseFrance
18-10-2022CryptosisLegend ClubMilanoItaly
20-10-2022CryptosisCinema AalstBelgium
21-10-2022CryptosisDynamoEindhovenThe Netherlands
22-10-2022CryptosisWillemeenArnhemThe Netherlands
23-10-2022CryptosisGimle RoskildeDenmark
24-10-2022Cryptosis1000 FrydAalborgDenmark
25-10-2022CryptosisBambi GaloreHamburgGermany
29-10-2022CryptosisEventhall Airport ObertraublingRegensburgGermany

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