Sinner – Tequila Suicide Review

Even though front-man Mat Sinner must surely have his hands full with his many projects (Primal Fear, Voodoo Circle, Silent Force, the Rock Meets Classic project), he evidently still finds plenty of time for his band, Sinner, who have been part of the German heavy/ power metal scene in various forms since 1982, selling over a million albums worldwide.
Due on March 31 via AFM Records, ‘Tequila Suicide’ is the German heavy metal band’s eighteenth studio album, being co-produced by Mat Sinner and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69), and features Matt on vocals and bass, Tom Naumann and Alex Scholpp on guitars and Francesco Jovino on drums, plus special guest artists such as Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Ricky Warwick (The Almighty, Thin Lizzy), Pete Lincoln (The Sweet) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear).

The record kicks off with a bang, opening with fast and hard rockers such as “Go Down Fighting”, a fast number with a punkish feel and the title song “Tequila Suicide”, one of the highlights of the album with its energetic licks and catchy hook. The record transitions to a strong midsection, straddling various genres such as the power metal rocker “Dragons”, “Battle Hill” a hard and impactful metal number with a slight Celtic feel, and then going mellow in the fine ballad “Sinner Blues”. The latter part of the album continues delivering hard rock/ metal songs that, while fun to listen to, ultimately fail to stand out much, with the exceptions of “Gypsy Rebels” and the closing track, “Dying On A Broken Heart”, another soft number that gives the album a memorable ending.


Ultimately, while there is nothing on ‘Tequila Suicide‘ that hasn’t been done before, it still makes a worthy addition to the collection of any diehard metalhead, delivering a power packed mix of catchy vocals over frantic guitars and chugging bass, along with some really awesome album art – one hopes that Sinner release their next album soon.

Written by: Akshit Bajaj

Forged In Fire III: The Headliner | Kryptos

Well, less than two days are left for Forged In Fire III! And, now that we have covered all of the local bands, the time has come to talk about the headliner. KOSMA has been able to finally fulfill the long awaited dream of bringing Kryptos-undoubtedly one of the best old school heavy metal bands of India-to Kolkata.
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Formed in 1998 by Nolan Lewis and Ganesh Krishnaswamy, the band has been hanging around the Indian metal scene for almost two decades, ‘evoking the true spirit of heavy metal the way it was always meant to be.’ Their sound has a strong blend of classic heavy metal bands like Priest and thrash bands like Kreator, and it has changed and evolved over their four albums.  They have supported some of the biggest names in heavy metal and toured Europe multiple times, and even played at Wacken Open Air (they are about to do it for the second time this year).

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Photo Courtesy: AFM Records, Germany

They released their fourth album ‘Burn Up The Night’ under AFM Records, Germany just a few months back which has been widely acclaimed. We reviewed this album and you can read it here.

And, here’s how our conversation with Nolan about the band’s present and future turned out to be:

PC: You recently released ‘Burn Up The Night‘ which got numerous positive reviews. What are your thoughts on that?

Kryptos: It has been great so far. The overall reaction has been really positive. Sure, there are some who still prefer the aggression of our previous album, but most people who bought ‘Burn Up The Night‘ seem to really love it. The album’s been doing very well in Europe too; so things are good at the moment.

PC: What is Kryptos currently working on?

Kryptos: Nothing much. Just gearing up for a couple of gigs in Chennai and of course Kolkata. We’re really looking forward to that one!

PC: What are your future plans regarding albums and gigs? And how does it feel to be a part of Wacken Open Air for the second time?

Kryptos: We’re working on another European tour in the summer, and yeah it’s awesome to head back to Wacken again. That’s going to be fantastic. After that we’ll probably start writing again for the next album so it’s ready by mid 2018.

PC: I think Kryptos will be performing for the second time in Kolkata. What do you think about the metal scene of the city?

Kryptos: We had a blast the last time we played in Kolkata. There’s a really cool old school scene there and we get a lot of support from that side of the country. Plus, we have some good friends there who make sure we’re well taken care of .
And of course, the Kolkata scene has really good bands like Armament, Mortar, Deadbolt etc., so it’s always great to play there.

PC: What can we expect at the gig from Kryptos? And any message for your fans?

Kryptos: We’re just going to get out there and absolutely rage, and we’re going to drag everyone else along with us. We’ll put on a show that all the old school headbangers will remember for ages.To the fans we just have to say – Keep defending the faith. And don’t eat Five Star Chicken. It sucks. Haha!

So this is our last article regarding Forged In Fire III. We wish Kolkata Old School Metal Association all the very best for the gig! Everyone who can be in or around Kolkata do attend the show and provide some support to the local scene Passes will be available at the venue if you still haven’t got yours.

Cheers! Until next time!

Kryptos – Burn Up The Night Review

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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.

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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.”

Band Members:

Nolan Lewis – Guitars/Vocals
Rohit Chaturvedi – Lead Guitars
Ganesh K. – Bass
Anthony Hoover – Drums

Tracklist:

01. Blackstar Horizon
02. Full Throttle
03. The Summoning
04. Unto Elysium
05. One Shot To Kill
06. Waverider
07. Prepare To Strike
08. Burn Up The Night

 

Written By: Spirit Crusher