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Review: Kryptos - Afterburner

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 39:38
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: June 22, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating

Rated 3.78/5 (75.56%) (9 Votes)

One of the most satisfying parts of being a maniac metalhead constantly looking for new bands to improve my useless knowledge of the lifestyle I love is when I find obscure corners of the world with awesome acts, which I did with Kryptos back when the Indians released the good The Ark of Gemini in 2008. These dudes have been waving the flag of traditional metal since 1998, so the battle-worn experience is a welcome one for their fifth album, Afterburner.

Running at a lean 40-minute mark, the Bangaloreans don't mess around with fruity stuff, ripping through the songs with a proto-thrash/traditional heavy metal approach full of crunchy riffs, chaotic attitude and simplistic songwriting embellished by a raw style of playing.

As we already expect from these guys, the guitar work is tight and prolific, which can be seen right from the start of the title track. The sexy leads are accompanied by Nolan Lewis' gruff and harsh vocals, somewhat similar to that of Kreator's Mille Petrozza. The entire album feeds on the frantic guitar work and Lewis' organic vocal performance, sounding almost unintelligible at times and providing a good amount of "trveness" to the effort.

There's not enough thrash moments to point out, but it's clear that they drink from that fountain even on this album, as influences such as Death Angel, Kreator and Destruction are clear in the band's sound. The production is what we would expect from an AFM release, courtesy of Anupam Roy—who has worked with Kryptos before—and while the dynamic range isn't wide, you can still hear all instruments with ease.

By comparison, Afterburner isn't as impactful or memorable as fellow countrymen Against Evil's last year bomb, All Hail the King, but is a really cool piece of heavy metal with that NWOTHM vibe and some glimpses of thrash. Kryptos have been a reality for a while now, and it seems to me that being the first Indian metal band to ever tour Europe is only the first one of many considerable achievements these dudes will conquer. Buy this album.

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