'Us or Them'


MARK: 88/100


Three years after their second demo-CD, the Greek band is back with another self-produced album - the actual debut - through which they're proclaiming their socio-political active role represented by the membership to Techni En Kinisei and Manifesto Music Movement. The lyrics are consistent with the musician's creed and they deal not only with revolution, but also with a change in attitude to change one's mentality alone and future societies when joining a group; other topics are anti-capitalism, selfishness, German-centred politics of the European Central Bank (ECB) tearing southern Europe to pieces by indebting it more and more for her profit, with the title track reaching unmatched peaks of songwriting quality. Other songs talk about religions' faults, the ancient Egyptian's tyranny, and there's also an Auschwitz's survivor's tale.
The honour of the sonic attack beginning is entrusted to "Savage Temper", a song opened by Martin Luther King's most popular speech, where, besides a great solo and a Thrash song bone, there're Soulfly echoes in the vocals and a fairly good rhythm change. This is nothing in comparison with the title track, a demolishing-riffed Fear Factory-influenced track extolled by an excellent production and heavy drumwork; amazing riffs playing with mono/dual effects before the final crescendo. Awesome manner to show the Greeks are back and meaning to stay long in the scene!
A middle-Eastern intro before an beastly Thrash/Death assault is "War in Heaven", where very enjoyable is the contrast between angry vocals and floating clean vocals, as well as the axe solo and the guitar frills; there's also a keyboards veil, followed by an outro with a violoncello to deliver pompousness to the composition and I can say with no doubt that mission is accomplished.
"Reason of Unreason" spews a war-like mid-paced start, making room to a Thrashcore onslaught with mad vocals; delicious is the entwining between guitars and drums, both of them giving their best in terms of performance, power and involvement; a big help comes from the fat production and I'm surprised even today how they can have achieved this result with a low-budget self-financed enterprise.
After a Muslim intro due to the topic of the song, "Slave of God", shows more elaborated riffs, punishing Thrash choruses and even if the song is heavily rooted in the 80s, the differentiated work of the two guitar players makes it a masterpiece enjoyable even for those who know the patterns of the early Thrash scene all too well. I think the major improvement in these two years can be found in the two guitarists, who have achieved a higher level of professionalism, and the replacement with a cleverer skinbeater, while I would have preferred more incisive, differently double-layered or more-echoed vocals when necessary, especially here.
Over six minutes of Thrash/Metalcore brutality and Mediterranean female delicate vocals alà Lacuna Coil constitute "Avdei Far'oh", already present on their demo-CD of two years ago, diamond point of Revolted Masses.
"Disaster Capitalism (The Rise of)" is another fantastic piece of tough riffs along with brilliant guitar solos; the pace is controlled and the song aims to conquer by heartfelt vocals and filling riffs; the second solo goes on till the end whereas the bass insists on a stubborn line.
"Deathblock 11" offers a few clean suffering vocals together with the usual recipe; there's a riff unusual for the combo's standards close to Prong, the rhythm modifications are interesting, and at a certain point the song changes steadily veering towards acts such as Anacrusis, while the finalé is in the vein of Nile and Behemoth with a Progressive twist and a Doom/Death approach making it the most interesting and complete track of the 11 here included.
After an intermezzo of important historical moments in the USA's history of the 20th century, "686F72726F72", "Tale of A Tortured Soul", a mid-paced Thrash/Death track with a Doom metal digression, really high vocals and sulphureous riffs akin to Mercyful Fate appears; the band has produced 3 (!) videos to promote this album, but the one for this song is really original. The end of the song is on the shoulders of a marvellous acoustic riff with Greek and English statements and it could have been the CD closure, but I hear there's another track, "Revolted Masses", travelling fast after a martial Thrash opening; a tight pace fills the central structure of the song before Hardcore/Metal breaks and another juicy axe solo and the last ear hammering.
The album plays through like a high-definition version of the live show, instilling that same bump of adrenaline. Don't make the mistake of missing it!

MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - September 20th, 2013

Line-up on this record:
George Triantafyllidis - v.
Vaggelis Theodorakis - g.
Kostas Karvounis-Zoumpos - g.
George Stathopoulos - b.
George Anamouroglou - d.

V. Theodorakis, K.Palama 62, Petroupolis, 13231 Athens - Greece

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-Revolted Masses (demo-CD - 2009)
-Seeds of Revolt (Demo-CD - 2010)
-Us or Them (CD - 2013)