Extreme metal’s status as outsider music can sometimes be taken for granted. After all, we live in an age where famous celebrities will wear Morbid Angel shirts and think nothing of it; and even in the genre’s early days, Cannibal Corpse were making cameos in mainstream movies. As such, the genre’s potential to be truly transgressive can taken for granted, if it even still exists. But then a band like Cryptae come along with a record like Vestigial, and the capacity for metal to once again seem shocking and challenging is brought into sharp focus. Combining death metal, grind, and an experimental spirit, Vestigial is the sound of metal remembering how to be dangerous to complacent minds and established structures.