In early 2015, then 13-year-old guitarist Keona, having outgrown a local San Diego music school, collaborated with fellow 13-year-old drummer Shantanu to form the alternative metal band Kryptid, each looking for an outlet to pursue their passions for their respective instruments. Recruiting a fellow bassist and a singer from the same school to round out the lineup, they focused on honing their chops performing covers of bands like Metallica, Rush, Godsmack, Volbeat, and Pantera.
This led to a collaboration in 2016 with guitarist JP Cervoni of the 80’s hair-metal band Nova Rex in the producer’s chair to record a new rendition of the Ozzy Osbourne classic “Over The Mountain” at Clear Lake Recording Studios in North Hollywood, CA. Later that year, the band spent time with legendary drummer Alvin Taylor to learn performance and songwriting techniques. Band activity was sporadic during 2017 as school studies took precedence over band activities.
Fast-forward to 2018, when seasoned musicians Rafael and Lucho joined the band to fill the now-vacant lead vocalist and bassist roles respectively, and the band made their debut at the world famous Whisky-a-go-go in L.A.’s fabled Sunset Strip. Their repertoire newly expanded with original material, they have formed a residency at Jacked Up Brewery in Escondido, California, while working to finish up enough material to compile their debut album, all while Keona and Shantanu finish high school and set their sights on college.