Kryptos was formed in late 1998, Essentially a classic heavy metal band, they focus on fusing NWOBHM styling with elements of 1980s thrash metal. Their primary influences include Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden along with secondary influences such as Coroner, Kreator, Mercyful Fate, and Candlemass.
Debut album (2004)
The first album Spiral Ascent was released in 2004, which quickly spread through the underground circuit in India as well as countries like Germany, Argentina and other parts of Europe. The album has long been out of print and is today considered a landmark release in Indian metal history. Dark Tranquillity‘s Niklas Sundin designed the album sleeve.
Signing with Old School Metal Records and second studio album (2006–2009)
In April 2006, Kryptos signed with Old School Metal Records from California, United States, and became one of the first metal bands from India to sign with an international metal label. November 2006 marked the departure of long-time vocalist/bassist Ganesh K. and guitarist Akshay ‘Axe’ Patel. This caused various changes in Kryptos’ line-up. Nolan Lewis took up lead vocal duties in conjunction to being a guitarist. Rohit Chaturvedi and Jayawant Tewari were hired to fill the incumbent guitarist and bassist positions, respectively. The band entered the studios later that year to record the follow up to their debut album, and emerged in mid-2008 with their second album, The Ark of Gemini.
The album received excellent reviews from different parts of the world and also enjoyed a fair amount of airplay on U.S and European metal radio stations.
Supporting Iron Maiden (2009)
The Coils of Apollyon (2012)
The Coils of Apollyon was released on 18 February 2012 in India, and 21 September 2012 internationally.
Early tours (Invasion Europa 2010 and Into the Spectral Void 2013)
In July 2010, Kryptos became the first Indian metal band to complete a cross-country tour of Europe, playing at the Rockmaraton festival in Hungary, in the Flammen Open Air festival in Germany as well as many more club gigs throughout Germany and Switzerland.
The band kick-started the year 2012 by supporting folk/melodic death metal band Suidakra and German thrash metal pioneers Kreator at the inaugural edition of the Bangalore Open Air in June 2012. November of the same year saw them support Swedish Power Metal band Wolf at the third edition of the Harley Rock Riders festival.
The band opened for Testament, whom they happen to consider an important musical influence, at the NH7 Festival in Bangalore.
In 2013, Kryptos again toured Europe playing at festivals like In Flammen Open Air, Ragnarock Open Air and most notably Wacken Open Air, becoming the first Indian band ever to play at Wacken Open Air.
Signing with Seaside Touring and present events (2014–present)
In 2014, the band started the year with an appearance at Inferno Metal Festival in Norway and later announced a partnership with Seaside Touring. The band again played the third edition of Bangalore Open Air opening for Destruction and Rotting Christ. In September 2014, the band announced their Europe tour ‘Apollyon Rising’. The tour started with the show at Hamburg Metal Dayz followed by 17 tour dates in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland. The 17 days tour was part of the Wacken Road Show.
In 2017, the band opened for Swedish heavy metal band Katatonia at Saarang, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, and followed it up with a European summer tour supporting American thrash metal band Sacred Reich on the 30 Years of Ignorance tour. The tour included dates in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands, as well as appearances at Rockharz Open Air and Wacken Open Air. This tour would prove to be the most defining in the band’s history and laid the foundation for their first headlining tour in 2019, which included a first concert in Malta.
In 2018, long time drummer Anthony Hoover announced his departure from the band. Since then, the band has continued with sessions musicians behind the kit.
- Nolan Lewis – Vocals (2005–present), Rhythm guitar (1998–present)
- Rohit Chaturvedi – Lead guitar (2006–present)
- Ganesh Krishnaswamy – Vocals (1998-2005), Bass (1998-2005, 2013–present)
- Akshay ‘Axe’ Patel – Lead Guitars (2001-2006)
- Jayawant Tewari – Bass guitar (2005-2013)
- Ching Len – Drums (1998-2000)
- Ryan Colaco – Drums (2000-2013)
- Anthony Hoover – Drums (2013–2018)