KRYPTOR – Nerest a ctnost (demo 1988) LP BOX
(casewrapped box, slipmat, A2 poster, casewrapped gatefold covered by fake leather, massive booklet, black vinyl, ltd to 500 units)
Another Czech metal gem from eighties when KRYPTOR among ARAKAIN, TORR or ROOT ruled the Czech scene hardly oppressed by bolshevik system.
Even to those who already know they can trust their ever-faithful DOOMENTIA imprint to dig up the foulest hidden germ of the late 80’s Czech underground (check TÖRR, CRUX or DEBUSTROL recent LPs), the re-release of ‘Nerest A Ctnost’ will still come out as a treat.
A mish-mash of hardcore attitude, nasty thrash riffing and early black-metal concept, the Praha-based KRYPTOR was next to DEBUSTROL maybe the band most feared band. Even more so since they had formed in 1987 back when the Iron Curtain was still a reality and when even simply buying an instrument was a challenge. Initially released in ’88 as ‘Vice And Virtue’ (even if only one of its song had English lyrics), their nine-tracks demo is stuff of legend.
Despite its insignificant budget and the many technical obstacles they had to overcome to make it a reality, ‘Nerest A Ctnost’ still is quite unique nowadays in 2012 as it was almost a quarter of a century ago. With a singer sounding like a way scruffier version of VENOM’s Cronos, its punkish vibe and all those almost undecipherable lyrics for all those non-Czech speaking metal fans out there, it nevertheless still sounds like nothing else out there and is a very special sonic document of what Czech metal was all about back in the 80’s.