Band Profiles



Origin: Bangalore

Status: Active

Genre: Old school thrash/heavy metal

With over a decade under their belts and considered by many to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning metal underground in India, Kryptos has spearheaded the steady rise of Indian heavy metal over the years.

First formed in late 1998, Kryptos has strived to create original, melodic metal, which combines the aesthetics of 80s thrash and pure melodic metal. Influenced by the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden along with heavy hitters like Coroner, Kreator, Candlemass, Dark Tranquillity and Nevermore, Kryptos manage to channel these influences into a sound that is all their own.

In 2004, Kryptos released their debut album ‘Spiral Ascent’, which quickly spread through the underground circuit of India as well as countries like Germany, Argentina and other parts of Europe. Featuring incredible cover art by Dark Tranquillity’s Niklas Sundin, the album was a tour de force of gritty melodic heavy metal.

Bursting at the seams with classic riffs, catchy melodies and inspired songwriting, ‘Spiral Ascent’ helped garner a whole new legion of dedicated fans from all over the country and other parts of the world. With the success of their first album, Kryptos headlined scores of gigs and festivals and showed the nation why they are one of the most intense and powerful live acts to ever emerge from the subcontinent.

In April 2006, Kryptos signed with Old School Metal Records from California, U.S.A, and became the first metal band from India to be signed by an international label. The band entered the studios later that year to record the highly anticipated follow up to their debut album, and finally emerged in mid-2008 with their storming second album, ‘The Ark Of Gemini’.

Raising the ante in every way possible, ‘The Ark Of Gemini’ bursts with metallic power and passion. From the unbridled ferocity of lead single Heretic Supreme to the crushing behemoth Tower Of Illusions, The Ark Of Gemini is a cerebral and devastating ride through metal’s deepest recesses and celestial peaks.

While the album has been winning accolades from all over the planet, Kryptos has landed endorsement deals with Mapex Drums and ESP Guitars. They’ve also opened for the mighty Iron Maiden at the Rock In India festival in 2009. The band has also been featured in the ‘Global Metal documentary’ by Sam Dunn. Kryptos is now set to take their incendiary live act to all parts of the world and leave a trail of spinal damage in their wake

2012 saw the release of their 3rd studio album The Coils of Apollyon. Produced by the acclaimed Anupam Roy, the album proved to be a massive hit and was extremely well received by the fans.

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