There’s no need in introducing Kryptos as they are one of the greatest heavy metal acts to have come out of the Indian subcontinent. Formed way back in the September of 1998 by Nolan Lewis (vocals/guitars) and Ganesh Krishnaswamy (bass) in Bangalore, they have released three albums till date. Their fourth album is about to be released via AFM Records of Germany and Planet Caravan is lucky enough to receive a promotional copy of the album before the scheduled release.
The album cover instantly reminds one of the artworks of Accept’s albums. Coming to the songs, the album doesn’t waste any time before going into heavy riffs right from the beginning track “Blackstar Horizon” Like the previous album, here also the sound is categorized by a bridge between traditional heavy metal like Priest, Accept and German thrash like Kreator and Sodom. Nolan’s vocals are indeed very much like the Teutonic thrash acts. The next song is the previously released and well-received single “Full Throttle”, where the raspy vocals have been very well supported by the twin guitar attacks by Nolan himself and Rohit. In all of the tracks, the guitar duels sound spectacular. The next two songs somewhat drab, but the outro of “The Summoning” and the main riff of “Unto Elysium” are impressive. The heaviness again makes a comeback on the heavy metal energy loaded “One Shot to Kill” which is easily the strongest contender for the best song of the album. This is clearly up to the mark of any international metal bands.“Waverider” also has a catchy riff and the same intense rough vocals and the solo has been brilliantly put in at the middle. The concluding two songs also carry the same energy and vibrance, with the title track having a marvelous guitar duel.
Photo Courtesy: AFM Records Germany
It looks like Kryptos are getting better with each album and this will probably be the best Kryptos release till date, though that may not be the opinion of everyone. But people looking for an old school heavy metal rush will definitely dig this album.
And finally, this is what the guys of Kryptos have to say about the album: “It’s been 18 years of absolute pedal to the metal and here we are on the cusp of our most pounding release yet. Grab a beer, put on your denim and leather and rock the fuck out to this with your closest mates.”
Nolan Lewis – Guitars/Vocals
Rohit Chaturvedi – Lead Guitars
Ganesh K. – Bass
Anthony Hoover – Drums
01. Blackstar Horizon
02. Full Throttle
03. The Summoning
04. Unto Elysium
05. One Shot To Kill
07. Prepare To Strike
08. Burn Up The Night
Written By: Spirit Crusher