Band: Kryptos
Title: The Coils Of Apollyon
Label: AFM Records
Distribution: Rock Inc. – Bertus
Release date: 28/09/2012
Review: CD

Metal from India, it isn’t that common, but like many countries that are not from Europe or (both North and south) America, there is an underestimated yet vivid scene out there. I do know more than some hands full of Grind, Death, Thrash and Black Metal bands from India (Reptilian Death, Dying Embrace, Exhumation, Demonic Resurrection/ The Demonstealer, Gruesome Malady etc.), but I’m sure there’s a lot more of interesting stuff out there.

I honestly did not know Kryptos’ music (read: the band’s former efforts), I hadn’t heard any of their previous records. Apparently, this band did release two full lengths before, Spiral Ascent (2004) and The Ark Of Gemini (2008). Both of them were reviewed rather positively, I noticed in mean time – FYI.

I can’t compare to the past, but when it comes to Kryptos’ third full length, I need to admit that this is one of those bands I was referring to at the end of the first alinea, with ‘more interesting stuff out there’. The band brings a melodic and rhythmic yet energetic form of Thrash / Death Metal with both a universal and timeless (yet with a focus on the Old School) approach. The opening track “The Mask Of Anubis” combines thrashy early-nineties’-inspired Death Metal with a huge NWOBHM-approach (and then I’m thinking about acts like Judas Priest or Iron Maiden). These NHOB-Heavy Metal elements aren’t that unusual at all throughout the whole of the album, and so are the old styled yet sometimes very epic Doom and Doom-Death Metal details. Sometimes it’s rather speed-up and dynamic, then again epic and integer. The variety in tempo is one of the most interesting elements on The Coils Of Apollyon, yet one cannot ignore the enormous craftsmanship for sure. As mentioned before: do not underestimate a ‘small’ country like India (here, small means something else but it’s geographical size, of course).

The Coils Of Apollyon for sure isn’t renewing, yet it certainly is refreshing! It represents an overview of heavy metals translating three decades of hard-rocking power into an actual and present-day edition of sonic concrete and iron. And oh yes, I need to check out Spiral Ascent and The Ark Of Gemini for sure… So do you…


Ivan Tibos.