Haunting guitar riffs, compulsive blasts, sinister keyboards as well as forceful vocals – those elements form the fundament of KRYPTAN’s self-titled mini album. Ten days before its official release, it is now available for streaming on the YouTube channel of Black Metal Promotion:
On these four compositions, Mattias Norrman (ex-KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and his band flawlessly evoke the mysterious aura of Scandinavian Black Metal from the 90s without being afraid to let Doom and Death Metal influences shine through. Hence, “Kryptan” offers a fresh take on the Swedish (Black) Metal tradition and adequately represents the best the genre has to offer:
“The foundation of this band are the classic Black Metal albums from the early 90s – but with a modern touch. I am not trying to invent something new with KRYPTAN, but preserve the old feeling of the Scandinavian Black Metal scene”, Mattias explained recentlyin German Legacy Magazine.
With a full-length already in the works and live shows planned, KRYPTAN have arrived with purpose, using their experience and overriding passion for Black Metal to construct a consummate opening statement of iridescent intensity.
KRYPTAN is an atmospheric Black Metal band from Avesta, Sweden. Founded in early 2020, right at the beginning of the global pandemic, KRYPTAN took shape to embody the passion for Black Metal that songwriter and guitarist Mattias ‘Kryptan’ Norrman harboured for decades.
A familiar face in the scene, Mattias, who is most recognized for playing guitar in OCTOBER TIDE and previously bass in KATATONIA, has long striven for his very own musical endeavor.
Heavily inspired by the 90s era of Norwegian and Swedish Black Metal, life, and the crushing darkness of Swedish winters, Mattias created enthralling songs bursting with sinister energy and craftsmanship. KRYPTAN aim to take listeners back in time and celebrate a glorious musical legacy in a contemporary fashion. The band is completed by fellow OCTOBER TIDE member Alexander Högbom on vocals and Samuel Karlstrand of WRETCHED FATE on drums.
Four songs for a first release were already recorded with Mats Andersson at Glashuset Studios over the course of 2020. Finally, mastered by Thomas Plec Johansson at The Panic Room and signed by Debemur Morti Productions the following year, the self-titled EP will be released in 2021.
A full-length album is already in the works and the band is looking forward to taking their raw, majestic Swedish Black Metal to the stage as well.