Review by Matteo Bussotti
E.V.E. (Equations Vanquish Equality) are a band formed by Vicky Psarakis, a greek/american singer in 2010, and, as their bio says: “The main concept behind it is the world we currently live in, everyday human situations and interactions, “disease”, and the kind of corruption that comes from within.”
In fact you’ll get caught up in their lyrics and songs very, very easily. These 4 songs have some of the most poetic lyrics ever written, in my opinion, at least recently. Moreover, Vicky has a beautiful voice, and she can unite many styles. In “Poetic Injustice”, for example, Vicky reads the lyrics, almost like if she’s acting, more than singing. The final effect is very impressive and beautiful. Of course, her voice really comes out in the other songs when she sings; her style is between prog-rock and melodic metal, and it surely is catchy, neither too powerful, nor too melodic or calm.
Lots of praise go to the other members of the band, of course, whose rhythms create a perfect mixture of different sounds. It’s really strange, maybe, while listening to this EP you’ll think “I’ve already heard stuff like this”, but there is something….inexplicable, which will keep you focused on this album.
As I said before, in my opinion, it’s the lyrics which really keep so high the EP’s levels, they are simply beautiful. E.V.E. really accomplished their task, by writing lyrics which deeply speak about humans, relationships, how this society is falling apart while we can’t even notice it, and how much damage we are doing to our planet. Look the lyrics up on the Internet, or simply stay focused while you listen to this EP, and you’ll love every single second of it. The only comparison, even if it doesn’t fit well with E.V.E., is with Gojira, a French metal band who speaks about environment and society, and whose lyrics are really, really deep. E.V.E. are at the same level, and may appeal to a bigger variety of people, with their soft but also powerful music, and their beautiful rhythms.
This EP is a trip for your ears and your mind. If you have the chance to listen to it, be sure not to miss it, I can assure you won’t regret it. We are very eager to listen more from E.V.E., and we can’t wait until their first album comes out! Continue reading »
Label : Massacre Records
Review by Tony Cannella
On their new EP, “Killing My Dreams” the Greek Gothic metal band offers some new and alternate versions of songs from their 2009 debut album “Silent Scream”. The EP is opened with two versions of the title song. The first is a regular studio version of “Killing My Dreams” and is followed an acoustic version of the song. I’ve always liked this song, so it is cool to hear it done in acoustic form, but you can’t beat the original version, it is just so catchy and has a melody that sticks in your head long after you’ve heard it for the first time. An acoustic version of “Don’t Say a Word” follows and this is well done also. Following a demo version of “Never Forever”, the EP is concluded with four live songs: “Dreamer”, “Killing My Dreams”, “Walk Away” and “The Rules”. For fans of Elysion, “Killing My Dreams” is definitely well worth owning and even newer fans who appreciate female fronted metal bands; this is a good sampling of what this band has to offer. It’s not exactly a new full-length, but it will do for now. “Killing My Dreams” is a digital only release and can be downloaded at the usual sites: iTunes, Amazon, etc.).
Rating – 83/100
- Killing My Dreams
- Killing My Dreams (Acoustic Version)
- Don’t Say a Word (Acoustic Version)
- Never Forever (Demo Version)
- Dreamer (Live Version)
- Killing My Dreams (Live Version)
- Walk Away (Live Version)
- The Rules (Live Version)
- Christianna – Vocals
- Johnny Zero – Guitars
- NID – Guitars
- FXF – Bass
- Laitsmann – Drums
Review by Tony Cannella
Normah is an all female heavy/progressive/doom metal band from Greece. Their independently released EP is called “Darkest is the Hour Before the Dawn”. Normah are definitely on the heavier side of the metal spectrum, so don’t expect anything nice, poppy or sweet. This is pure metal and pure metal that is played with passion. The fiercely powerful riff of “Iron Mother” opens the EP. The song is so heavy and has no shortage of heavy riffs with a classic metal vibe. Having a drummer that is also your lead singer is a rarity in metal but that is the case with Normah with Marianiki pulling double duty. Her vocals are not bad but nothing special either, but they did tend to grow on me as the EP progressed. The drum intro leads us into the chugging opening riff of the haunting “Tormentor 22” which develops into a thrash-like number. “Spirit of the Night” maintains the albums’ heaviness whilst slowing down the tempo just a bit at the beginning before speeding up and becoming one of the more ferocious songs on the 5-song, 20-minute EP. The oddly titled “Readheadz” is next and the eerie track “Clown” closes the album. Let’s face it clowns are scary and I guess that is the theme behind this song. Musically this song is all over the place. It has some massive riffs (which you can pretty much say about every song), and it also features progressive elements, some movie samples and some extreme metal vocals. This was easily my favorite song. Overall, I have to say that Normah impressed me. “Darkest is the Hour Before Dawn” possesses some good musicianship and the songs are well written and performed.
Rating – 75/100
- Iron Mother
- Tormentor 33
- Spirit of the Night
- Marianiki – Drums, Vocals
- Sofia A. – Guitars
- Tenia – Guitars
- Sofia I. – Bass
Interview by Si Smith
Interview by Erwin van Dijk
On June 1st the compilation double CD “Demonic and Divine” is released by Femme Metal. The CD is to support the Macmillan Cancer support and Cancer research UK. Aesma Daeva appears with the song “The Loon – Thalassa mix”. This song originally appeared on the album “The Thalassa Mixes”. Aesma Daeva is a symphonic metal band from the USA. Most people in Europe will know this band because former Visions of Atlantis singer Melissa Ferlaak was a member of this band and Therion singer Lori Lewis is the singer of Aesma Daeva. This interview is with John Prassas – Composer/Guitarist of the band.
Did you always wanted to become a guitar player?
Only for a short time did I want to be a guitar player – after that I started to see guitar as a compositional tool.
Where did you get the inspiration for the music?
Nature is a big influence for me. Sometimes life experiences – but I try to not focus on my own experiences as much as I try to focus on the experiences of others.
And to what kind of music do you listen yourself?
I listen to a lot of different music – I find it changes with the seasons. Lately I have been listening to Leo Kottke Blue Man group, Dan Swano, and S.U.P.. When fall hits I will probably start to something slower.
Did you have any other bands before Aesma Daeva?
No not really, I have a few things I am working on that will not be released under Aesma Daeva. They have yet to be completed though.
How do you work together with Michael Platzer, the lyricist of the band? Do you have a general idea about the lyrics before he starts writing or is Michael free to use his own imagination?
Both – “The Loon” – is adapted from a poem he had written. Where as “The Bluish Shade” was a song where I gave him just a few lines and phrases.
Aesma Daeva is an unusual name for a band. What does it means?
How would you describe Aesma Daeva’s music? Because many bands describe themselves as Gothic – Metal – Progressive and the name of your website is “symphonicmetalband”.
I think of it as Symphonic Metal – Mainly because I have so many classical and symphonic influences. Especially when it comes to colour and dynamics. We can debate all day as to what bands are symphonic and what ones are not.
Can you introduce us to the other members of the band?
Lori is the main vocalist, Chris plays bass, and that is about it for main members. I have been working with a lot of guest guitarists and musicians. At the moment I write 90% of the music, but they certainly are good at bringing it to life (which is not something that easy to do).
Aesma Daeva contributed a song to the “Demonic and Divine” double CD. This song was “The Loon”. Why did you choose this song for the album?
It was the only new track I have under 5 minutes. 😉
Thalassa is Greece for “sea” and the goddess Thalassa was the personification of the Mediterranean Sea. And another Greek connection is “The Garden I Long For” which is performed by classical guitarist Kostas Grigoreas. How did you get in touch with him and what are the differences between this version and the original version?
Kostas and I have been friends for a while. I suppose the main difference is that this version is played and recorded much better than the original. I also adapted it to have a bit more “water” influence.
What is the idea behind this EP and why did you choose these songs for it ?
I was in Greece visiting friends and family. I did not have much for musical ideas, but when I left I found I was thinking about the sea and all of the colour’s within the sea. My original idea was to make a remix that would give the impression of the sea. Like “Le Mer”.
Speaking of Greece again, does the band have something with this country because the album “Dawn of the New Athens” which was released in March 2007 has also a very Greek name. Or is it about New Athens in Ohio (USA)?
No, it is about the “New Athens Colony” in the book “Childhoods end” by Arthur C. Clarke. However to assume it had something to do with Greece is completely understandable since so many other things I have done are influenced by Greece. Arthur C. Clarke is the writer of “2001: A Space Oddyssee”. Together with Isaac Asimov he is one of the most important SF writers of the 20th century.
When can we expect new Aesma Daeva music?
We are re-releasing our first album with a bunch of bonus material. However at the moment I am working hard at a new approach to music. Which means working with different singers and musicians. The new material probably will not be released under the band name Aesma Daeva.
And will it be different from your previous work?
Very much. I hope you can always stop by our web site symphonicmetalband.com. Their you can go to my personal web page where you can hear bits and pieces of new material. Thank you for the interview and support!
Single photo by Jill Vansickle
Band photo by Debbie Stiller
Style switcher only on this demo version. Theme styles can be changed from Options page.
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