Revolt! Kryptos, Black Adder

Live Review By Rainer Kerber

Venue: Bambi galore, Hamburg-Billstedt
Date: June 28th, 2019

Black Adder

“Revolt!” This is the name of a series of events at the Bambi galore, a small club in the basement vault of the Kulturpalast Hamburg-Billstedt. Metal bands of different styles can present their music here. The headliner this Friday had a long journey. The home of Kryptos is Bangalore, a megacity in India. In contrast, the members of the support band Black Adder live almost in the neighborhood, in the north of Lower Saxony. The third band was actually Weapon UK, but the British had to cancel a few days earlier. The pictures of the evening can be seen on Flickr.

Black Adder

Black Adder? I had never heard that band name before. And information on the Internet? Almost nil. On Facebook you will find only the hometown (Ocholt / Lower Saxony) and a (probably not quite up to date) lineup. Only a little more you can read on Backstage Pro. Founded as Firestorm in 1996, one album (“Inquisition”, 1999). That should rather be called EP, five songs in sung and instrumental version. From 2003 calm gently. Only in 2012, the band was revived, under its current name, since 2016, a relatively constant lineup. That’s it. And the title song of the so far only (?) Album of the band “Inquisition” was on this evening also on the program. For this, a mix of old and new songs. So, above all, “The Quest” seemed to be brand new. That was about fifty minutes old-school Heavy Metal. Thanks to the Twin Guitars, a real NWOBHM feeling came along. Singer Sebastian Hauser kept shining with his high metal screams in Halford style. Then it was not surprising that with “Breaking The Law” a cover version of the High Priest of Metal could be heard. Since I am quite curious about the new album of the Lower Saxony, which is according to Backstage Pro in work.

Black Adder

Set list:

  • Intro
  • Hellraiser
  • Nobody Gets In My Way
  • Inquisition
  • March Into The Battle
  • Breaking The Law
  • Bad
  • Anybody There
  • The Quest
  • Black Adder


  • Hellraiser (once again)

Even by the Indians Kryptos I had not heard until recently, shame on me. Only through a promotion request to the fifth album “Afterburner” I got to know the band. Immediately, who is afraid, there would be Bollywood soundtrack to hear, I can calm down. The drummer-reinforced trio from southwestern India plays classic heavy metal with a little Thrash edge. With their first tour of Europe in 2010 and especially their appearance on the holy metal field of Wacken (2013), they earn the reputation of a hot live act. The musicians were also able to confirm this on this warm summer evening. Again, the congenial interaction of the two guitarists was style-defining. With great enthusiasm Kryptos presented five songs alone from the album “Afterburner” released a week earlier. The remaining songs came from the 2016 masterpiece “Burn Up The Night”. The show was coming to the end shortly after 11 p.m. The fans still vehemently demanded an encore. Unfortunately, in vain. Shortly after the end of show, however, you could meet the musicians at the merchandising stand.


Set list:

  • Afterburner
  • Dead Of Night
  • One Shot To Kill
  • On The Run
  • Blackstar Horizon
  • Red Dawn
  • Waverider
  • Mach Speed Running
  • Full Throttle

Nearly two hours of finest classical heavy metal. This you could hear that in the well-filled Banbi galore. Small downer was the shortness of the evening. The main band Kryptos played just under one hour without encore. Black Adder, however, played at least “Hellraiser” a second time at the end. More probably had their new guitarist, who had his first appearance with the band that night, not yet in the repertoire. I would like to experience both bands live again, but then with longer performances.

MHF Magazine/Rainer Kerber


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