An album by Kryptic
Produced by Einzelgänger, The Goat Beats, Invectrum, Mikey Bingo, Dseize, and The Unbeatables
Review presented by Warren Peace
Listen to Oblivion by Kryptic.
I was first introduced to Kryptic’s music many months ago by Chris Maguire, a man I have known for over a decade. Since then, I have heard several of Kryptic’s solo tracks as well as collaborations with other artists, including with members of the faction Kryptic is a part of called the Empty Handed Warriors. I have listened to Kryptic’s album titled “Realm of Chaos” from beginning to end and thoroughly enjoyed it. Not realizing had released Oblivion back in February, I was glad when Kryptic informed me about the release of Oblivion and knew I would be posting this review before I hearing a single track. I am ready to hear some music, so let’s get to this review.
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1- Flowing In Circles (prod. by Mikey Bingo)
I’m feeling the beat; nothing too complex yet enough to it to make my head nod and keep things interesting. Kryptic kicks off Oblivion in this track without a chorus (no chorus is needed, believe me) and without any features. Kryptic simply muscles his way through to listeners with his deep, brooding voice puncturing the beat with perfect timing and a nice blend of metaphors and imagery. The title says it all when it comes to the lyrical content, and fits the mold for the opening track to Oblivion.
2- Deception (prod. by Invectrum)
One thing about a review by me is that I state my exact opinion without holding back (any questions about my review ‘procedure’ should be answered at The Album Reviews). When I first heard this track I was not too fond of it, but it has grown on me. The chorus is pretty catchy and the music has a variety of sounds that come together to form an entertaining beat. Kryptic gives us line after line filled with metaphors and wordplay (the parasite line is too wicked) intertwined with a slap-your-face style of delivery. Since my first impression, my mind has been changed. That is exactly why everyone should give a song more than one listen before pushing it to the side.
3- Hurricane feat. Dr. VooDoo, Tekneek, and Mr. G. (prod. by Einzelgänger)
When I saw how many people were on this track, I knew it was going to be dope. I’ve heard Kryptic and Tekneek on songs that featured several other emcees before, and I have not been disappointed by either artist. I was not disappoint with any of the emcees on this one. While all four artists were on a level field on Hurricane, each one also had an element stand out above the others. Dr. Voodoo cruised through his verse with an incredibly expanded vocabulary that will make you replay his verse to make sure all those big words actually male sense. Tekneek didn’t just have the best flow of the four, but his entire verse was structured around the same rhyme scheme. Mr. G did not pull any punches as punchlines flew in his verse. Finally we come to Kryptic, who’s verse isn’t just the most well-rounded in my opinion, but he mixes some horrorcore lyrics within lines of wordplay as well. This track is up for my favorite of the album and will be going on the Featured list.
4- Dante’s Inferno (prod. by Invectrum)
The beat had a solid melody to it, but I feel it could’ve been switched up a bit here and there to break the monotony some. Kryptic gives the audience something fresh with Dante’s Inferno, focusing on telling us a story of how he encounters the devil after traveling through the nooks and crannies of Hell. Painting a rather vivid picture of monsters and ghouls along the way, Kryptic does well keeping the story interesting without losing his listeners. Nice addition to the album and good timing with the change of pace within the content.
5- Eggs & Bacon feat. Speciez (prod. by The Goat Beats)
Once again, Kryptic switches up the entire style to deliver something fresh to his audience. On this track, we hear a beat your body begs to move with and a chorus geared around chopped up lines with a DJ’s scratches on a turntable. Kryptic fills the first verse with his raspy, rough trademark flow and lyrics filled with metaphors, punchlines, and graphic horrorcore imagery. Speciez, an emcee I have listened to extensively, burns through the second verse with an incredible, quick delivery I have not heard from him before (not as rapid-fire of a flow, I mean). With punchlines, metaphors, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. These two Empty Handed Warriors have just given me another track to consider for my favorite of the album, which has added to length of tracks on the Featured list.
6- Play It Back (prod. by Dseize)
Dseize’s melody on this song has more of a pleasant vibe, with chimes and such that might remind you of your childhood toys. Enjoying the beat, I fell into the song within moments of Kryptic’s lyrics coming through the speakers. The funny thing is, the topic of this track is exactly what I told everyone earlier about Desperation; Kryptic tells everyone that they should give his music more than one play and they are more likely to understand and relate to what he’s saying. From metaphors to punchlines dipped in wordplay and saturated with multiple syllable rhymes, this is another track that’s going onto the Featured list.
7- Oblivion – Interlude (prod. by Einzelgänger and Cuts by DJ Jabbathakut)
So far, overall, I feel this is the best verse from Kyrptic on the album. Right off the bat, Kryptic shreds through his lines with powerful punchlines and a sincere confidence in the passion he has for being a lyricist. The beat has force behind it, and the cuts by DJ Jabbathakut at the end were not only entertaining, but flowed with the music as if another emcee had grabbed the microphone. It isn’t hard to tell why this song is the entity of the album’s title. Not sure if an interlude can be thrown up for the top song of the album, but this verse definitely has my vote for best verse. In case you were wondering, this is going on the Featured list as well.
8- Frozen (prod. by Einzelgänger)
Really enjoyed the vibe of the beat Einzelgänger put together here. Kryptic attacks this track in a similar manner as he did Flowing In Circles, except with more of an actual song approach instead of a free-verse. I can’t say if I like this more than Flowing In Circles or not for two reasons; One, Flowing In Circles is a little bit harder on the lyrical side in comparison, and two, Frozen’s chorus is very catchy and the overall mood seems to be more fitting. Either way, this is a solid track and sticks with the album’s theme.
9- Rebels Voice feat. PSL (prod. by The Goat Beats)
I really like the rock/guitar sound with this beat, it’s a good change of pace from the other beats. The chorus here is also catchy. Kryptic has convinced me of his ability to remain constant when it comes to choruses. Both emcees bring solid verses to the track, with PSL even switching to his native tongue to give us yet another fresh sound on the album. In my opinion, the other collaborations I have heard on the album are a pretty good step above this one, but that’s not to say this song isn’t good. On the other hand, I have been really impressed with the consistency throughout the album, and this track only adds to that.
10- Star Gazing (prod. by The Unbeatables)
Having mentioned star gazing in at least verse earlier in the album, I have been a little anxious to see what this song offered. Kryptic has referenced a few of the same things during the course of this album, and I believe he has done so with the purpose of creating the same type of mood and imagery to be maintained in the listener’s mind throughout the song list. The chopped phrases and scratching turntables return, yet have sounded so different every time and have been spaced out enough between tracks that I didn’t notice there were this number of songs involving chops and scratches until I began writing this review. Without beating around the bush, this track is exactly what the title insinuates. Kryptic delivers his verses from the heart, as you can hear the frustration with the struggle, but is still determined to reach his goals, although it never seems like he can get anywhere. All of us can relate to this song on one level or another.
11- End Of The Line Pt. 2 (prod. by Einzelgänger)
Different beat, this one with the string sounds of a violin. I like how it completes the album with a different sound than the previous songs, yet is able to still capture the same mood. Lyrically, Kryptic continues where Star Gazing left off, still having the same subject matter but expanding on the concept in some ways. I feel this is a solid way to end the album, bringing everything together and rounding out the overall message Kryptic conveys throughout Oblivion. Hearing this track also makes me want to search End Of The Line Part I, which I plan on doing after finishing this review.
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Hurricane, Eggs and Bacon, Play It Back, and Oblivion.
The Write Up
In its entirety, Oblivion is a terrific album. Kryptic captures his struggles and frustrations while juggling punchlines, metaphors, and wordplay. His delivery is a melody in itself and is always on point with the music. I enjoyed nearly everything the featured artists brought to the table as well. Kryptic has a deep voice that can rumble over beats, making it difficult to sound like he isn’t pissed off all the time. Fortunately, Kryptic didn’t need to relay any other emotion, for the most part, during the course of the album. Oblivion definitely will be recommended every chance I get.
(3 out of 5 stars)
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