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Review: The Kryptik - A Journey to the Darkest Kingdom
The Kryptik
A Journey to the Darkest Kingdom

Label: Purity Through Fire
Year released: 2023
Duration: 1:09:17
Tracks: 7
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 27, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Third album for this Brazilian band, who are pretty much just trying to channel classic-era Emperor and doing a fine job of it. The similarity of this album to In the Nightside Eclipse cannot be called a coincidence, as far too much effort has been put into nailing down that second-wave, keyboard-accented style. Everything here is perfectly placed, from the slightly muffled production, the moody tremolo riffs, the keys adding orchestral depth and horror-movie sounds, the drums going hyperactive despite that they are kind of in the background, the epic, long songs that fill this disc out to an impressive length. I would call this much more homage than imitation because imitation is just never this good, and I actually think this is a bit better written than Eclipse, if I'm being honest. So, if you love that late-90s Norwegian sound, then this is a band to treasure, and I am going to have to hunt up some of their older stuff I missed.

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