In 2016, Metal Hammer Magazine made a bold statement, citing one Extreme Metal act in particular as “setting 2016 on fire”. This act was Krysthla, who’s debut release, A War Of Souls & Desires made monumental strides by achieving two notable things.
The first was being a HMV in-store “Recommended Buy” and the other being featured in Amazon UK’s pre-release Top 10. Alongside huge names such as Iron Maiden and Disturbed.
So far, that is a lot to comprehend for anyone… and yes, it is extremely intimidating to say the least. But what concerns us all, is knowing they that they could top it.
And this time round, they usurped their previous efforts. Almost making their previous release look like a joke in comparison to the progression and effort they poured into Peace in our Time. Which you will all be happy to know is coming just around the corner. So brace yourselves for their self release on April 7th. Because hell is going to be raised.
Run if you think it will save you. (It probably won’t).
Though this album consistently phenomenal all round. Their are two most notable songs.
These are Depths and Yawm al-Qiyamah.
The introduction of Depths is so profound, beautiful, and peaceful. It is gorgeous. But most of all, it allows the audience to find solace, and seek refuge, and take some time for reflection. Especially after the bitterness, aggression and violent aftermath of Yawm al-Qiyamah. But the war resumes once more after this progression ends. Krysthla just throw you back out into the storm via a vice grip around your throat as you are hit by a 10 ton hammer of pure fury.
This band is nothing short of genius. Full of sheer, awe inspiring talent and preaching such a clear and valuable message. They express deep concern over how volatile humanity has become, constantly taking and raping mother nature of her dignity and gifts. Careless as we blindly persist to destroy our home. Earth. They ensure that they are heard loud and clear.
Other tracks you may want to feast upon are, Eternal Oceans, Make Disciples of the Nations and finally In Death we shall not Die. This album possess a strong sense of variety, with experience being the first hand and crucial stand out point, with guitarist Neil Hudson being an ex member of Gut-worm. A seasoned veteran, but still working in such a contemporary manner, a true driving force behind modern metal.
The guitar and drum work in this release is something memorable and truly mind blowing. A huge round of applause must be given. It’s beyond difficult to fathom how such creativity can be produced.
In the end, there is no better way to summarize Peace in our Time, other than…
“Krysthla are the musical equivalent of being drop kicked in the throat” – BBC Introducing
With such a delicate message that needs to be hammered home, Krysthla are the Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove. Powerful, Mighty and full of Aggression, an excellent album to say the least.