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 Cryptosis shows

24-06-2023CryptosisRock ImperiumCartagenaSpain
22-07-2023CryptosisEnter The Eternal FireVolyneCzech Republic
02-08-2023CryptosisMetalDaysVelenje Slovenia
02-09-2023CryptosisPosada Rock Festival Câmpulung MuscelRomania
09-12-2023CryptosisEindhoven Metal MeetingEindhovenThe Netherlands

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