Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Melodic death/black/doom/goth
Release date: 18 January, 2013
Playing time: 50:36

The new album of the band formed around bandleader Efthimis Karadimas is the first positive news from Greece this year. Their mixture of black, death, doom and sporadic gothic and industrial influences taste very good.

If you compare this album with the predecessor 'Astron Black & The Thirsty Tyrants' you can conclude that the new record is heavier, more brutal and the orchestral parts and choir singing have a less prominent role. Variety enough to keep focused with your head close to the speakers. The brutal songs are sometimes accompanied by a keyboard layer, which sees to it that the songs sound a bit mysterious. When the tempo slows down, influences of Paradise Lost and Amorphis make their entrance. On top of all this musical violence the grunting and growling understandable vocals of Karadimas finishes it off.

Final conclusion is that this is an album for fans of different genres/styles within the heavy music. Metal heads who like the more gothic doom style of Tiamat, Paradise Lost and Amorphis should check them out, but also if you like Dimmu Borgir or a musical combination of all these bands.

01. Phaeton
02. Oberon & Titania
03. Colonize Cultures
04. The Nightwatch
05. Stellar Parallax
06. Hubris
07. The Reptile Gods
08. Hyperion
09. Takhenaton, the 9th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty
The Sand Reckoner
11. Astropolis
Label: Metal Blade Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 12 January, 2013
Website: www.nightfallstar.com