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Kryptograf — Kryptograf
(Apollon Records AP072, 2020, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2020-10-23

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Norwegian classic heavy rock newcomers Kryptograf released their debut album this past June, after issuing two singles, “The Veil” and “Crimson Horizon.” Kryptograf is a retro band inspired by the late 60s, most notably Black Sabbath. Band members are Vegard Strand (guitar), Odd Erlend Mikkelsen (guitar), Eirik Arntsen (drums), and Eivind Standal Moen (bass), with vocals shared across the eight tracks by Vegard, Odd Erlend, and Eirik. Dark, moody textures, simple riffs, distorted guitars, and heavy psych rock abound. The high point on the album for me is “Seven.” This song is different from the rest on a couple of fronts. “Seven” is the longest track, clocking in at 9:21, it has a loose melodic vibe, what sounds like a Mellotron, and some interesting trippy riffing. Kryptograf is like Billy Pilgrim, unstuck in time, hopping around the 60s, 70s, and 2020. And at their hardest, they are like a bull in a china shop, watch out! Kryptograf's self-titled debut album is an interesting step back in time.

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