Bangalore, India's metal capital, has been promoting the spread of metal culture in India for many years now. Across the globe, Wacken, a village in northern Germany, is home to the most popular metal fest in the world. German and Indian metal melt into one at the Indo-German Urban Mela Bangalore on June 24, 2012. Arkadius, the guitarist and vocalist of SuidAkrA joins Bangalore band, Kryptos, to create some stunning and unique riffs, gritty rhythms and electric melodies. Both artists are internationally acclaimed for their unique styles and this concert is a meeting ground for different cultures, countries, and musical sensibilities.
A headbanger's paradise in an Indo-German metal union.
Also presenting at the same event the lucky winner of the all-India Metal Battle conducted by Bangalore Open Air 2012. Both Kryptos as well as this band will wing their way to Wacken in August 2012.
With over a decade under its belt 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.
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, Kryptosmanage 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 to 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, 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.
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, the In Flammen Open Air festival in Germany as well as many more club gigs throughout Germany and Switzerland. The tour proved to be a complete success with audiences hailing the band's stellar live act.
While the album has been winning accolades from all over the planet, Kryptos has landed endorsement deals with Mapex Drums, ESP Guitars (both through Furtados Music). Kryptos also earned a coveted supporting slot for Iron Maiden at Rock'n India 2009.
With a third album and live DVD scheduled for early 2011 and a second international tour in the works for late next year, Kryptos are continually striving to set new standards for Indian heavy metal.
Arkadius is the vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist for the band SuidAkrA, which is a melodic death metal band from Germany with Celticfolk influences. Suidakra was formed in 1994 by guitarist ArkadiusAntonik and drummer Stefan Möller under the name Gloryfication. During their 14-year career, they have performed over 200 live shows in several European and Russian tours, as well as a North American tour.