Kryptos
Afterburner


4.5
superb

Review

by Puckingham USER (3 Reviews)
July 6th, 2019 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With Afterburner, Kryptos don't just deserve your attention, they're demanding it.

It's safe to say that most metal fans have what I like to call, the "sweet spot". This is where it just seems a band can do no wrong, and hover at just the right intensity, structure or tone. With Afterburner, Kryptos have created an undeniably entertaining collection of songs, that lands itself right in the middle of that spot for fans of traditional and early thrash metal. Despite somewhat lacking in variety, Afterburner has the potential, from this listeners perspective, to be a dark horse album of the year candidate.

Stylistically, Kryptos are delightfully shameless in showcasing their affection for Metal, never veering into any sort of progressive grandioseness or technicality. Instead, Afterburner is more than happy to remain at its mid to fast pace riffs, mildly raspy shouts, and catchy as hell song structures. With blistering opener and title track Afterburner, it's immediately made present this is undeniably a proper heavy metal album, no question there… Yet Kryptos have somehow straddled that line of being catchy and inoffensive, without ever sacrificing the sincerity of their desire to make 100% authentic kick ass metal.

This balancing act is done to perfection on the smooth Red Dawn which has a slightly slower tempo and softer lead riff than the rest of the album, but the infectious leads will stay with you for days. Similarly, the fast tempo tracks, like Crimson Queen and the aforementioned Afterburner crank up the intensity while still retaining the infectiousness heard throughout.

Unfortunately, that fluctuation in tempo is quite limited, and it can take a few listens before each song will become immediately distinguishable from the next. So, with it's admittedly monotonous pace and tone, how could this possibly be an Album of the Year contender" To put it simply, there is no other album that is so relentlessly endearing in the same way Afterburner is. Every single song has infectious riffing, good structure, and never requires the listener to make an investment in order to reach a payoff. Just throw on some headphones, hit play, and enjoy. That's it. That about sums up how I feel about this album, and how it lands itself in the AOTY conversation. When you just need to hear metal, you will absolutely be satiated with this no matter what track you start with.

Bravo, Kryptos! Afterburner is wildly entertaining, unbelievably consistent, and just kicks ass in general.


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Puckingham
July 6th 2019


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Please excuse the quotation marks, I wrote this on mobile and the formatting got a little wonky. I'll fix those errors when I get the opportunity.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2019


9349 Comments


Here's a question mark to edit in the review; it will fix the bug of it not appearing. ?

As for the review, it's brief but in a good, concise manner. I'm not really sold on your descriptions, however, if I'm being honest. Anything that is by-the-numbers can never really reach greatness no matter how good it may be due to how safe it is, and by consequence how little it offers per its own unique merits rather than those of other acts.

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south_of_heaven 11
July 6th 2019


5525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is indeed awesome, but the review feels lacking. Lots of generalizations but no specific examples.

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Puckingham
July 6th 2019


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Mars, I'll copy that and save it to a word doc for later use.



South - I had thought about that while writing it, my intention was to emphasize the overall sound, but I see your point here. Thanks for the feedback

TheNotrap
July 7th 2019


11423 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

WATCH OOOUUTT!!!!!!



This album deserved a review, have a pos.



Title track and Red Dawn are among my favorite songs of the year, super catchy material, but in my opinion the others aren’t at the same level.

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Dunpeal
July 7th 2019


4213 Comments


decent review for being your third. keep cranking 'em out and working on improvements and eventually you'll get the results you want.

got me to check this out. it's not bad

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Puckingham
July 7th 2019


76 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Appreciate the feedback fellas. I don't review often here, but I felt this band could easily be overlooked and deserved a spotlight.



TheNoTrap, definitely agree on those two being elite. I'd also throw Crimson Queen in that group as well. My scores are always fluid, which is why I mentioned potential AOTY. Time will tell if this has staying power or not, but for now I still feel the strength of this album is the ability to drop in at any point in the album and enjoy the hell out of it. For my busy work schedule, this is a huge focal point.



Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
July 7th 2019


16295 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is good ol' metal fun. Good review, man.

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BigHans
July 9th 2019


30102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoa title track jams hard

BigHans
July 9th 2019


30102 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this jams hard

Dunpeal
July 15th 2019


4213 Comments


sup Hans



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