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Review: Kryptos - The Coils of Apollyon
The Coils of Apollyon

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:29
Tracks: 9
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: December 18, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (20 Votes)

This one really caught me by surprise, and now I will have to track down this band's other albums, because this is awesome. Kryptos are a band from India, from which I expected the kind of hell-flailing wall of noise you normally get from Asian bands, instead this is a glorious slice of melodic thrashing entertainment.

This is very thrashy, but it also dives heavily into the melodic underpinnings of the style, almost into NWOBHM territory. I am reminded of Paradox or Nuclear Assault in the hooky, melodic riffage, the blazing lead work, and the headbanging energy of the whole thing. This is not about speed, no clickety-clickety double bass, just endless tasty riffs that would make the Amott brothers envious. The vocals are a kind of intelligible bark, similar to classic Sodom but without being too harsh for the rest of the music. There are similarities to works like I's Between Two Worlds or later works by Morningstar, but really, this is an original and exciting sound, and I can clearly see why AFM picked this up for worldwide release, because it is kickass.

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