Greek symphonic metallers NIGHTFALL have completed work for their new album, Cassiopeia, which is set for release in January 2013 through Metal Blade Records.
The recordings took place in four different places, a fragment process that which NIGHTFALL is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums were tracked in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the U.S. in Nashville, Tennessee at Boomcave studios.
More than on the previous album, Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants, in Cassiopeia the spirit of old school heavy metal lurks in almost every riff. Unlike Astron Black, there are more fast tempos as well as grindy ones bringing memories back from the mid 90’s times of now cult release Athenian Echoes. The vocals remain very, very heavy and, thanks to Soundflakes amazing gear and Jörg Uken’s super mixing skills, fit great with the melodic leads, moreover creating a solid wall of sound where vocalist Efthimis comfortably sts and spreads his inner daemons out to the world!
Singer Efthimis Karadimas regarding the concept of Cassiopeia: “Cassiopeia has a specific thesis and though its name is linked to both the constellation and the mythical character of Andromeda’s mother, it refers to arrogance as leading characteristic of the human race; the outcome of this and the overweening state of affairs are so popular these harsh days everywhere. The entire world seems to be shifting from its previous position to a new one and all and each one of us that used to feel like masters of our destiny are now starting to wonder about when, where and how this transition will end. It may be a punishment like Cassiopeia and Andromeda who claimed themselves more beautiful even to nereids suffered, or it may be just another change. Time will certainly tell.”
Overall, this is classified as a prog death metal release with a hearty serving of heavy metal and atmospheric elements, which combine to build strong emotional moments, as opposed to typical straight forward metal. One thing is certain, repeated listens will reward listeners by revealing new layers and elements within the music.
Music, cover art, and more details on Cassiopeia will be revealed in just a few weeks!
Efthimis Karadimas – vocals
Evan Hensley – guitars
Constantine – guitars
Stathis Ridis – bass
Stathis Kassios – keys
Jörg Uken – drums