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Kryptos: Burn Up The Night

Combining traditional and thrash metal here we have the Indian heavy metal group called Kryptos, influences include Judas Priest, Accept, Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Iron Maiden, Kreator, Mercyful Fate and Thin Lizzy. Kryptos formed in 1998, and released their first album Spiral Ascent in 2004. Now in 2016 Burn Up The Night is the latest and also fourth Kryptos album. Vocally Kryptos is more so in that Kreator kind of aggressive style which doesn't sound out of place with their material. Not wasting time with some instrumental introductory tracks Kryptos launches straight into "Blackstar Horizon" and their guitar duo is leading the charge as the regularly do on this album, standout tracks include "One Shot To Kill", "Waverider" and "The Summoning". Actually come to think of it there are no real weak tracks to speak of on Burn Up The Night. Kryptos are obviously influenced by that 80's era of metal although Burn Up The Night will certainly appeal to more than just metal fans of that time, this band from Bangalore are apparently one of India's strongest metal exports and I can see why.

Track Listing
1. Blackstar Horizon
2. Full Throttle
3. The Summoning
4. Unto Elysium
5. One Shot To Kill
6. Waverider
7. Prepare To Strike
8. Burn Up The Night

Added: January 22nd 2017
Reviewer: Scott Jessup
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Kryptos: Burn Up The Night
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2017-01-22 10:40:00
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It's old school, or no school! Or at least so it says in the booklet of the fourth album from India's Kryptos. With an iron clad fist on the cover and the band gathered round a tree in moody lighting to peer down into the camera for the photo on the back, it's an ethos already lived up to before you even take up your flame to Burn Up The Night.

It's also exactly what you find when you venture into the music itself, twin guitars from the school of Maiden, thundering vocals from the Kreator book of aggressive snarls and pounding percussive pummels from the Judas Priest metal manual, all in place. However there's also something a little different going on here, something just a little step outside the expected, for while Kryptos are keen to share their love for all things old school metal, there's also the merest hint of death, or black metal about proceedings. Nothing truly ventures down the path of undecipherable screams, grunts or howls, nor do the guitars or bass clock in at the speed of light actually most of the album is delivered with a mid-paced thump and howl and yet a spooky, threatening air that only really comes from extreme metal undoubtedly haunts this album.

Even with all that in place, it's hard to call anything on Burn Up The Night original, but then with the band's honestly stated objective being loud and clear, there's no doubt that it wasn't their point in the first place. Instead the reverberating backing vocals and slowly climbing riff of "The Summoning", the Saxon like thrust and parry of "One Shot To Kill" and almost Thin Lizzy on a thrash trip of "Prepare To Strike" mine classic metal values and come up with glittering prizes you hadn't quite expected. It would be a stretch to suggest this outfit live up to those past glories, however, if you put aside the band's willingness to forego new tricks, there isn't actually a bad track in sight.

If there's a problem, it may be that neither do any of the (keeping it old school) eight cuts on this record (I'd reckon Kryptos would sound even better with some vinyl cracks and crackles) really stand tall and proud as killer kuts. However in terms of hitting a consistently high standard throughout, it's difficult to find many flaws. If you're looking for a new old school blast of classic metal, it may well be time to Burn Up The Night.

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