Kryptos (band)

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Kryptos at Harley Rock Riders Season III in Bangalore, India (Jim Ankan Deka photography).jpg
Kryptos at Harley Rock Riders in Bangalore, India (2012)
Background information
OriginBangalore, India
GenresHeavy metal, thrash metal
Years active1998 – present
LabelsAFM Records
WebsiteKryptos Official Page
MembersNolan Lewis
Rohit Chaturvedi
Ganesh Krishnaswamy
Vijit Singh
Past membersChing Len
Akshay 'Axe' Patel
Ryan Colaco
Jayawant Tewari
Anthony Hoover

Kryptos is a heavy metal band from Bangalore, India, formed in 1998 by Nolan Lewis (vocals/guitars) and Ganesh K. (bassist).[1][2] They have long been considered to be one of the true spearheads of the Indian metal revolution upholding the old school metal ethos laid down by the 80's NWOBHM/Thrash movements. Since their inception, the band has released five albums; Spiral Ascent (2004), The Ark of Gemini (2008) through Old School Metal Records (USA), The Coils of Apollyon (2013), Burn Up The Night (2016) and most recently, Afterburner (2019). The last three albums were released through AFM Records (Germany).[3]


Early years (1998-2003)[edit]

Kryptos was formed in late 1998,[4] Essentially a classic heavy metal band, they focus on fusing NWOBHM styling with elements of 1980's thrash metal. Their primary influences include Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden along with secondary influences such as Coroner, Kreator, Mercyful Fate,[5] and Candlemass.[6][7]

Debut Album (2004)[edit]

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)[edit]

In April 2006, Kryptos signed with Old School Metal Records from California, U.S.A, 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.[8] 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.[9]

Supporting Iron Maiden (2009)[edit]

Kryptos landed the supporting slot for Iron Maiden at Rock 'N India 2009 in their home town Bangalore, playing to almost 17,000 fans at the Palace Grounds at second edition of the festival.[10]

The Coils of Apollyon (2012)[edit]

The Coils of Apollyon was released on 18 February 2012 in India,[11] and 21 September 2012 internationally.[12]


Early Tours (Invasion Europa 2010 and Into the Spectral Void 2013)[edit]

In July 2010 Kryptos became the first Indian metal band to complete a cross-country tour of Europe,[13] playing at the Rockmaraton festival in Hungary, the In 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 legendary Bay-Area Thrash Metal band 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)[edit]

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 3rd Edition of Bangalore Open Air opening for Destruction (band) 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 like Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland. The 17 days tour was part of the Wacken Road Show.

In 2016, the band supported American thrash metal band Death Angel in Germany as well played a one-off show with Nervosa, Hirax and The Black Dahlia Murder in the Austrian town of Dornbirn.

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.

Band members[edit]

Former members

  • 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)



Studio releases[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kryptos in
  2. ^ Biography of Heavy metal band Kryptos "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 March 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^\kryptosindia
  4. ^ Kryptos, Band information, Encyclopaedia Metallum
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  6. ^ Kryptos interview in
  7. ^ Nolan lewis, Interview with
  8. ^ Kryptos in Spirit of Metal
  9. ^ Break on thru’ , The Hindu, 8 Jul 2008
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  11. ^
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  13. ^ Telling Kryptic Tales, The Hindu, Friday, 3 September 2010
  14. ^ Kryptos announce ‘The Coils Of Apollyon’ release date
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