Mask Of Prospero ‎– The Observatory

Mask of Prospero is a modern progressive metal band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed by Chris Kontoulis and Panos Kottaras in 2014 and released their first EP “In Absence” the following year. After major changes in the line‐up, the band is currently comprised of Chris Kontoulis ‐ Vocals, Panos Kottaras & Nick Letsios ‐ Guitars, Bill Perrakis – Bass and Eleni Nota ‐ Drums.

 

Their debut album “The Observatory” was released in April 2018 via Symmetric Records, run by their producer Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud). With that release they have provided their audience with a solid reference to their unique sound, which alternates between energy‐filled, djenty and polyrhythmic parts and emotional atmospheric passages under the light of a lyrical concept inspired by modern‐day society and human superstition. The vocals have an eccentric role in their sound as they also alternate through various brutal parts and melodic clean vocals, fitted for fans of TesseracT, The Ocean Collective, Architects etc…

 

Mask of Prospero have been very active ever since the release of their debut. After opening for Wolfheart, performing at Schoolwave 2018 and supporting Thy Art is Murder in their 2018 European tour, they are finally getting ready for their long‐awaited performance in support of “The Observatory”, promising an emotionally charged show built around presenting the concept of their album to its fullest.

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No Fake Bone ‎– Against All Odds

No Fake Bone from Athens, Greece is a hard funk ‘n’ roll band… This whole thing started in 2014 when the initial members, Stam Deliyiannis (guitar) and Yioula Stathopoulou (vocals, sax), met each other and decided to start writing music together. Both former members in other bands, having spent many years writing music and gigging, they turned the page with this new project. After three years of soul and member searching, in November 2017 they released their first independent album “Against All Odds”, fusing their love for hard rock, blues and funk. The album was a collective effort of friends, both musicians and producers, who embraced the material and brought it to life. All songs were recorded, mixed and produced by Akis Paschalakis at Ψ(Psi) Studio and Lefthanded Studio in Athens. The album was mastered by The Lefthanded, a team of perfectionist producers (Akis Paschalakis and Stefanos Babis), who took good care of it, sensitized to the diversity of the songs and musical influences. The artwork and illustration of the album and its White Ninepus cover was an original idea of the band, inspired by Herman Melville’s incomparable “Moby-Dick”, and it was designed by Stam, also an acclaimed sketch artist and set designer. The band joined forces with Fotis Filippatos (drums) and later on with Dimitris Kyriazis (bass) and played its first gigs right after the album release, receiving many positive reviews. Their first live video was recorded during a show at AN Club in Athens, where the band is performing “Toxic Sister”, an unreleased song, to be expected in its future projects. The video was edited by Verbillion Total Concepts and recorded live by Stefanos Babis. No Fake Bone recently started collaborating with Ikaros Records, now promoting their first album throughout Greece and abroad. This fall has many surprises in store for the band’s funs, looking forward to concerts and the release of a new project from the band’s versatile members, the “Silver Monkey”.

Vox, Sax: Yioula Stathopoulou
Guitar: Stam Deliyiannis
Bass: Dimitris Kyriazis
Drums: Fotis Filippatos

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Hypnotic Nausea ‎– Hypnosis

 which will function as a highlight in the general idea of conceptual art. They released debut album Hypnosis in 2015 with great reviews from the local press. This was followed by many performances at venues and festivals all over Greece in which the band performed Hypnosis in its entirety accompanied by light show and video projection, alongside established acts such as Crippled Black Phoenix, Yawning Man, Sasquatch, Nightstalker, Planet of Zeus, 1000mods, Need, Universe217, Poem, Mother of Millions, Tuber, Naxatras, ect. Apart from the music, all the band’s artwork are created by their bass player George P. (Gmonkey Cartoon). Currently the band is working on their second concept album.

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SuperPuma ‎– Of Animals and Relatives

Οι SuperPuma βαφτίστηκαν τον Αύγουστο του 2007. Θα μπορούσες να πεις ότι παίζουν μουσική όπως τους βγαίνει, απλώς μάλλον έχουν ακούσει αρκετή ροκ. Η νέα αυτή 5η κυκλοφορία -μετα το demo “Speed the Plough”, To album “Big Cats on the Prowl”, το 7″ split “Intercourse” με τους Universe 217 κ το digital split “Splitter” με τους Yellow Devil Sauce- συνοψίζει τα 10 χρόνια απ τη βάφτιση της μπάντας. Περιλαμβάνει ό,τι πιστεύουμε ότι αξίζει να ακουστεί, με την προϋπόθεση οτι λειτουργεί επίσης σαν μέρος συνόλου, που εξελίσσει τη “συμβολική” μας περιπέτεια… …κατά την οποία στους μαύρους ξερότοπους του πλανήτη Γύαψ ενα τσούρμο που έγινε πλήθος, με πυξίδα την εκλεκτή ιέρεια του Μεγαλοδύναμου Υπερπούμα, συνεχίζει να πατάει στα χνάρια που άφησαν οι “μάρτυρες” ή “συγγενείς” οπως τους ονομάζουν οι ντόπιοι, πριν από εκατοντάδες χρόνια. Ακόμα δουλεύουν, τραγουδούν, ξεμπουκώνουν, κοιμούνται και πεθαίνουν χωρίς να σταματούν να περπατούν, κουβαλώντας το βάρος αυτού που χτίζουν κι ενός μυστικού σκοπού.

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Art Of Simplicity ‎– When Fables Have A Bitter Taste

Το “When Fables have a Bitter Taste” είναι δεύτερη δουλειά των art of simplicity, μετά από μία περίοδο σιωπής και ανασχηματισμού. Κυκλοφόρησε σε ψηφιακή μορφή στις 23 Οκτωβρίου 2016 και σε CD στις 16 Ιουλίου. Το concept mini album αναφέρεται σε παιδικά τραύματα και άπιαστες προσδοκίες, αντιπαραβάλλοντας ιστορίες της εποχής της αθωότητας με την αλλοτριωμένη καθημερινότητα της ωριμότητας. Το συγκρότημα βυθίζεται σε πιο σκοτεινά μονοπάτια, κάνοντας πιο έντονες τις post και gothic αναφορές του μέσα σε ένα σφιχτό αλλά και ποικιλόμορφο ηχητικό αποτέλεσμα. Η ηχογράφηση έγινε στα Uprising Studios με το Γιάννη Φασουλάκη να αναλαμβάνει τη μίξη και το mastering, ενώ το artwork δημιουργήθηκε από τον Γιώργο Χρα. Το “When Fables have a Bitter Taste” έγινε δεκτό με ενθουσιασμό από την Ελλάδα και τον υπόλοιπο κόσμο, λαμβάνοντας μόνο θετικές κριτικές.

(Metal Hammer (GR) – 9/10, Heavymetal.no – 8/10, Rock Overdose – 75/100, Progarchives.com – 4/5, Progrocks.gr – 7.5/10).

 

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