Cryptic are a progressive thrash metal band hailing from San Diego, CA. Cryptic are composed of 3 extremely talented young musicians. Each member has brought his own musical influences from Thrash Metal to Punk; from Blues to Progressive Rock. These influences have combined to make a unique sound.
Cryptic were formed in 2017 when lead singer and guitarist, Keith Dobson, began developing a project with his friends Riley Hutchison (Bass), and Jesus Oviedo (Drums). The three began writing and the band identity was formed. Each member was age 16 or younger at the time of the band's formation. On March 22, 2019, Saul Peña-Lopez was added to the band as rhythm guitarist. In September 2019, Saul resigned from the band to pursue other music opportunities. Currently, Cryptic have chosen to continue as a trio.
Cryptic is built on a dedication to music, friendship, and an unwavering belief in free speech. Cryptic believe that the arts, and especially music, are the last forms of free expression . . . a place to have a voice and to stand for what one believes.
March 22, 2019, marked the date of Cryptic's worldwide release of their debut full length album The Gates. The Gates is considered a Progressive Thrash Metal Concept Album highlighting the rise, fall, and redemption of humanity. The Gates is available for streaming and purchase on all major online stores and music streaming platforms.