Cryptal Darkness

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Cryptal Darkness
OriginMelbourne VIC
GenresGoth metal, doom metal
Years active1993 - 2002
LabelsFirebox, Icon, Obscure
Associated actsCrade of Filth, My Dying Bride, Anathema, The Eternal, Paramaecium, In:Exordium, Catwitch, Humonic, InSomnius Dei, Desolate Eternity, Desecrator, Threshold
Past membersO'Neil Alexander, Chris Burton, Mark Kelson, Geoff Kloprogge, Martin Powell, Chris Stevenson, Paul Tipping, Jade van Nagy, Paul Venables, Luke Wong

Band members

  • Final line-up
    • Mark Kelson (vocals, guitar)
    • O'Neil Alexander (drums)
    • Chris Burton (guitar)
    • Paul Tipping (bass)
    • Chris Stevenson (keys)
  • Former members
    • Martin Powell (keys, violin) 1999 - 2000
    • Luke Wong (bass) 1996 - 2000
    • Jade van Nagy (bass) 1996
    • Paul Venables (bass) 1993 - 1996
    • Geoff Kloprogge (guitar, vocals) 1994 - 1996

Band information

Cryptal Darkness was a Melbourne doom band formed by O'Neill Alexander and Paul Venables in 1993. Geoff Kloprogge joined in 1994 and the band recorded an EP called Chamber of Gore. Mark Kelson then joined the following year and Cryptal Darkness recorded the “Last Cries of a Dying World” demo. Following the departure of Venables the band released the four-track single, Descend into Thy Grave that featured Jade Van Nagy on bass. Shortly thereafter the debut album Endless Tears appeared, which was later re-released for international distribution.

Former Paramaecium guitarist Chris Burton replaced Kloprogge in 1997 and Lue Wong served as the band’s live bassist until he joined full-time in mid-1998. In 1997 they opened at Metal for the Brain, and much of 1998 was spent working on new material with ex-My Dying Bride keyboards player Martin Powell, who came to Australia to join the band. They Whispered You Had Risen album featured Kelson on guitar and bass, with Powell contributing keys, strings and violin.

Cryptal Darkness had plans to tour Europe in late 2000, but this did not occur. After recording a second album with the band, Powell left Cryptal Darkness. After Alexander left the band, complications arose with the Icon label and Cryptal Darkness changed its name to The Eternal in late 2002.



1996 Endless Tears Icon
1999 They Whispered You Had Risen Icon
2001 Chapter II - The Fallen Icon


1996 Descend Into thy Grave Obscure


1999 The Coldest Winter Icon