Friday, September 28, 2012

KRYPTOS - The Coils Of Apollyon

Kryptos is a band that comes from India, and this is their third album so far, and their first in AFM Records. To be honest, this is the first time that something from them comes to my hands, so I was quite skeptic about it, but soon any doubt was blown away. The band is playing an 80's Power Metal, mixed with tons of Classic Heavy Metal, influenced from various bands, with Iron Maiden being the stronger one, with fragments from other classic Metal bands being audible as well. Along with that, there are various Thrash moments here and there, that add energy and groove to the whole album. Now, this might sound a bit retro, and although the band doesn't avoid that, creates an album that brings back some of the 80's feeling and is fun to listen to from start to finish. The first thing to notice here is the unique vocals of Nolan Lewis, a bit harsh, a bit growling, that give a distinctive touch to the songs. Along with that, the music is more melodic, with some of the guitar works being truly remarkable, fast and catchy, but also aggressive enough when needed, and a rhythm section that moves on the same high level. The songs are well worked, and contain enough interesting moments, although the band doesn't experiment too much with their sound staying on the safe path. This is not bad though, cause the result is very good, with no less good moments or songs that you would like to skip. Old fashioned and groovy, with a solid rhythm section, excellent compositions, musicianship and a matching production, there are plenty to like on this album. I admit it, there are moments where you can tell their influences, but at the end the album leaves you a good taste. Well done guys.


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