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Review: Kryptos - Decimator

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2024
Duration: 31:37
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: June 9, 2024
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.83/5 (76.67%) (6 Votes)

Decimator is the seventh album from India's heavy metal frontrunners, Kryptos. I've been following this band for a while and their transition from catchy death/thrash to Maiden-esque traditional metal continues on Decimator. I'm sorry to say I don't think the songwriting on this album is as good as on some of the band's past efforts. There are plenty of riffs, but they are generic and the vocal lines opening many of the songs, for example "Electrify" and "In the Shadow of the Blade," sound rather similar to one another. Everything is solid, especially the Murray/Harris traded leads on "In the Shadow of the Blade," but nothing stands out. I would never turn this kind of music off and Kryptos are pros at what they do, but I can't recall much about Decimator once it is over. It is a decent record from a band that has set their own bar quite a bit higher in the past.

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