Message in a Cloud – Anassa

ssage in a Cloud Press Release for the Record Release

Message In a Cloud were born in the bedroom of a sleepless guy called Nikos Loukopoulos (also in Decemberance and Constrictor) back in 2014, in Athens, Greece. At that time, he had left his previous band Inertial Oblivion and many tracks written for them would be left unused. The idea of a one-man project seemed like the only way for these tracks to be released. Nikos was also playing the bass in other two bands back then: the avant-garde metallers nibiru and the doomsters Immensity. He had already recorded an EP with Inertial Oblivion and a mini-CD with nibiru. Being a multi-instrumentalist and a sound engineer, he had no problem to record the guitar, the bass and program the drums and keys in his bedroom for the first Message In a Cloud demo, which was released digitally during the fall of 2014, containing two tracks. His real ambition, though, was to hear this music played live by real musicians. That’s how a new band’s story was born!

Aggelos Malisovas (Decemberance, Daylight Misery, Ciccada, Lunatics, ex-Arkovlies, ex-Fallen Arise) was the one who convinced Nikos to start this new band adventure, strictly believing in his new material. Even though he plays the bass in all the bands he participates, Aggelos wanted to try his abilities on guitar this time. So, he became the first MIAC member as a second guitarist. George Vasalos (Inertial Oblivion, Apparently Dead) was a friend of Nikos since school, and a fully trustful person for the bass duties of the band. Nikos and George were also the ones who started Inertial Oblivion back in 2009. Nora Koutsouri was the keyboard player for Immensity while Nikos was playing the bass in the band as a session member. He trusted her for MIAC seeing her being a hard working and serious person, fitting well with the plan he had in mind. Last but not least, Thanasis Politis (Kevel) ended up to be the drummer of the band. Nikos had seen him playing a gig with the avant-garde, sludge-black metallers Kevel and was blown away with his abilities. There was no plan b for a drummer since then.

So, the band was formed and started playing gigs in order to get known among it’s underground fellows. Their style ended up combining elements of post rock, post metal, prog rock, 90s melodic doom, shoegaze, indie and blackgaze. Bands like ISIS, Alcest, Les Discrets, Deafheaven, This Will Destroy You, Maybeshewill, The Gathering, Slowdive and Ride are some of MIAC’s basic influences. They played a series of live shows during 2015 and 2016 while they were placed as a support act for some foreign bands such as Khara, Sylvaine and Saigon Blue Rain.

Τheir first full-length album, named “Anassa”, was recorded in 2017 at Ritual Studios, Athens. It is a six track instrumental album driven mostly by slow atmospheric parts blended with massive reverb sections, electronic elements and some blast-beat outbursts. MIAC collaborated with Stelios “S_Fx” Efentakis (GardenBox, Sun Of Nothing, 27, Mahakala) in order to achieve their distinctive melancholic sound. The artwork was done by Costin Chioreanu (Arcturus, Paradise Lost, Grave, Oceans of Slumber, Solsfafir and many more).

Searching for a label to release your work on vinyl seems like a myth when you live and play this kind of music in Greece. Nikos contacted many Greek and foreign labels in order to see the record physically released. Very few of them answered and even less were interested. This is where Ikaros Records comes in. Lefteris Fytas considered the material truly worthy to be released and this is how the record is out now on a special vinyl issue! Message In a Cloud deliver atmosphere, pure feeling and painful moments in a great package! That’s how their journey begins…

 

Ikaros Records 2018