Once set off
as a (fantasy/rock) musical a band accrues from and before they
knew what the market gives away they already caused some furor
within the commercial mass spectrum. Then the awakening happens
and the past gets stripped off like a cramped skin. At the end
KRYPTERIA arises as a band and the just released
EP Evolution Principle with 3 new and
2 re-mastered songs marks the beginning of a new era.
The symphonic musical character gets mostly kept, epic choirs
and bombastic sound collages define the musical picture. Guitar
work is riff-driven and pounding but always nicely commercial,
for the masses and as slippery as an eel. Song structures and
compositions bring certain multi-sellers from Holland and Finland
in mind, without reaching their level in the metal sector.
In the center petite Ji-In shines and contributes singing and
piano melodies. Both she delivers sophisticated and on a high
level. But as for me I miss a bit more “color”, volume
or more (expressive) power. Fortunately, she doesn’t bother
us with etherealy high-pitched singing either.
If KRYPTERIA consciously wants to get a proper
slice of the Nightwish/Within Temptation pop/rock cake, congratulation,
Evolution Principle surely serves and
delivers all expectations and should pay off.
I personally think that Evolution Principle
is too smooth and faceless. But it’s just the beginning
of KRYPTERIA and I guess, future will tell where
their hearts really beat.