Band Members

Dominic Mongrain Theriault – Vocals & Lyrics
Emmanuel Audet – Bass & Orchestrations
Samuel Pruneau – Guitars & Multimedia
Benoit Breton – Drums

Cryptik Howling has been formed in 2002 in Rouyn-Noranda, Qc., Canada. The name Cryptik Howling comes from what some people would call the “inner voice”. It is the two-faced ego that drives every man to build & to annihilate himself. It is the voice of God or whatever you call him for the enlightened & the psychopath. It is the path of power and self destruction, the angel on a shoulder, the devil on the other.

Recorded, mixed & mastered “Vitium Intus” with Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Martyr) at Northern Studio in 2005, to be released under Cryogenic Records on June 16th 2006.

Recorded & mixed “Them” with Yannick St-Amand at Northern Studio in 2008. Mastered by Pierre Rémillard (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Ion Dissonance) at Wild Studio & released under Cryogenic Records on October 10th 2009.

Cryptik Howling supported the “And out come the wolves” tour with Wolven Ancestry around Canada in 2009. The same year, they directly supported Blackguard around Canada & opened for The Black Dahlia Murder at the famous Trois-Rivieres Metalfest.

During the years 2010, 2011 & 2012 Cryptik Howling played in more than 15 cities throughout Canada, including Montreal, Quebec city, Toronto & St-John (NB).

“Synthetic Ascension Design” recorded with Yannick St-Amand at Northern Studio. Mixed by Jef Fortin (Anonymus) at Badass Studio & Mastered by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Katatonia, Ihsahn, Soilwork) at Fascination Street Studio. Released independently on april 10th 2013.

Detailed Evolution

It all begins in the late 90’s. The brothers Mongrain Thériault, Dominic (vocals) and Christian (guitars), begin their struggle to create what will become Cryptik Howling. Christian buys his first guitar and Dominic begins screaming. In their garage, a couple of semi motivated youngsters with beer and weed are at the rendezvous. They write a couple songs, play many covers but never have the chance to record anything.

In early 2002 they meet François Charette (ex-guitarist). Christian & François are gathering a line-up with Steven Bélanger (ex-vocals), Mélina Gervais (ex-keyboardist) and David Falardeau (ex-drummer). They are practicing some compositions, but are neither recording nor playing any shows. Tommy Bastien, a close friend from the band members brings the name Cryptik Howling and it sounded badass to their ears. That first line-up dies the same year. Fall 2002, Christian & François are once again gathering a line-up, now with Dominic (vocals), Eve-Lyne Grenier (ex-keyboardist), Réjean Bernier (ex-bassist and founder of Grind Customs) and Éric De La Rosbil (ex-drummer).

Winter 2003, Éric leaves the band and is quickly replaced by Guy Labranche (ex-drummer). The band records a first 4 song demo called “Epilogue”. Songs as “Icy Forest Masquerade”, “Ravens of Faith” and “Summoning of the Demon Knight” will never be released.

A couple songs written and a handful of gigs throughout the year 2003, but mostly the band as it was back then lives more trouble than progress. The pillars are fighting against each other and the band needs restructure. Around the table, the sextet decides to get rid of the past songs, the past concept and to start anew. The only thing that stays on the table is the name, Cryptik Howling. The members as they were at that time are the founders of the “new” band.

At the end of 2003 Rej leaves the band and is replaced by Emmanuel Audet (bassist and founder of Black Empire). Emmanuel was already working in the surroundings of Cryptik Howling since the late 90’s. The band does more and more gigs in 2004 and 2005 and a first full-length is getting prepared.

With Yannick St-Amand (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre, Martyr, Augury) on the board Cryptik Howling records “Vitium Intus” at the end of 2005.

2006 sees the release of the long awaited “Vitium Intus” on Cryogenic Records, a couple gigs but also competition between its musicians. In fact, an inner conflict that will last way too long is about to begin. Who is the founder of Cryptik Howling?

In 2007 Cryptik Howling does a mini tour called Abitibi Metal Invasion 1st edition with Katastrof, Archons and Abitabyss in eastern Canada.

2008 witnesses Cryptik Howling on the Abitibi Metal Invasion’s 2nd edition with Descend into Nothingness, Archons and Abitabyss in eastern Canada plus the release of a first music video of the song “Decadent Obedience”. This year marks the departure of François and the beginning of Cryptik Howling’s new era. The composition of the second full-length is complete and they record it throughout the autumn with, once again, the help of Yannick St-Amand.

Samuel Pruneau (guitars, multimedia) joins the band in the early 2009 as a new key element. Cryptik Howling plays a couple gigs with Wolven Ancestry and Will of the Ancients in summer 2009 on the “AND OUT COME THE WOLVES” tour. “Them” is released by Cryogenic Records in September in front of 500 people during the 7th edtition of the FME (Festival de musique émergente) in Abitibi and has a resounding success. Sadly, Eve-Lyne decides to leave on the same date. Cryptik Howling never say die and tour eastern Canada again, this time alongside Montreal’s Blackguard.

With a few gigs, a music video of the song “Between” and a third album in writing process, 2010 is a year of progression for Cryptik Howling. Even though Guy leaves the formation he is soon replaced by session member Benoît Breton (Obsek) as the new official drummer.

The first half of 2011 sees the recording of Cryptik Howling’s third attempt. This new black metal masterpiece is recorded with Yannick St-Amand at Northern Studio, mixed by Jef Fortin at Badass Studio & mastered at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren. The rest of the year is filled with a couple gigs with Morgue & Korpius, but the album is delayed by bigger problems. Infighting between brothers forced the band to pause the development of “Synthetic Ascension Design” for the sake of the image Cryptik Howling wanted to project. Finally, Christian leaves the band due to difference of opinion on the how and where the band is going.

Cryptik Howling plays a couple gigs in 2012 and works hard on the third album’s image, concept and release wanting to make it the next big thing of the genre. New guitarist Sebastien Gagnon joins the rank of the growing Cryptik Howling in November. A release date is finally revealed for “Synthetic Ascension Design”!