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Released: 2001, Independent
Let me just say up front that this is one of the stronger demos I have had the opportunity of listening to this year. This is due mainly to the efforts of the guitar players, Dionisis Koutis and Themis Gourlis. These two have great chemistry and their playing is very tight. In fact, with the exception of the vocals, the whole album is well-played. Though they may not list them as influences in their bio, Celestial Ode reminds me of Back For The Attack era Dokken. The riffs are solid and have that BFTA crunch to them, though I wouldn’t go so far as to say they compare to George Lynch when it comes to the soloing. No shame in that though, since few axe slingers can carry that mantle.
The only thing that keeps me from giving this CD a score of 4 or more is that the singer just has a hard time getting it done. Manos Xanthakis’ voice is pretty weak and it brings the band down. In fact, his voice just isn’t right for the style of the band overall. Regardless, solid musicianship and pretty good song-writing abound on this five track demo. I’d love to see what these guys could do with a record label backing them. Not sure how or where their CD can be picked up, but you can e-mail the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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