Boomkat Product Review:
Far away from the Diddy-endorsed universe suggested by their band name, Cristal combines the talents of Labradford member Bobby Donne with Greg Darden and Jimmy Anthony. Re-Ups is the band's second full-length, and combines finely composed ambient sound washes with unpredictable outbursts of harsh, stormy noise. After an almost Deathprod-like beginning on 'Rimescolisi', an excellent second piece, 'Stars, Hide Your Fires' cranks up the droning tension using battered field recordings and a rich vein of crackle, all executed in a fashion not dissimilar to an erikM or Philip Jeck record. Given all this atmospheric gloom and subtlety, it comes as something of a surprise when your ears take a beating from 'Left Of Swept', whose caustic volume swells and fiery splutters are right up there with Wolf Eyes and Prurient in terms of extreme distortion and general aural punishment.