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Released: 2015, Season Of Mist
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
George Kollias is one of the most talented extreme metal drummers coming out of Greek metal scene! He is already 10 years behind the demanding drum kit of extreme metal giants, Nile.
Some days ago, he delivered his own first solo album, INVICTUS. He plays all the instruments and does all the vocals except for some parts filled in by guest musicians. It’s very interesting to see how a drummer can compose guitar and bass guitar parts and do the vocals along. I did that question to myself, as I didn’t know if George Kollias can do something like that. And the answer INVICTUS itself.
Let’s take a closer look upon it. Firstly, by the first listening session, it’s about death metal at all in the likes of Nile tunes, speed, sound and atmosphere. The only different thing here is the style of the tracks that is far away from any Nile song. At least, that’s sounds to me.
Having been called everything from good and pure metal of Nile, Sarcofago and other death metal monsters, George Kollias intended to show his skills to the other instruments, as you all know as a drummer, he is unequalled and unrivalled. Everything from the drums which half of the time fall into variations of fast d-beats, catchy and short melodic ideas (reminding a little bit of Norwegian black metal stuff) on the guitars with a tendency towards really high-speed drumming for variety.
Being the catchy, duple-time drum-fest that this genre is, in INVICTUS is contained a phenomenal job at creating solid, punching riffs which if not necessarily connect concretely with each other too well throughout a song (given the shock-oriented nature of this modern style), go a long way to maintain the drive of songs by switching and keeping the overall feel, avoiding the over-use of a particular riff. Tracks like “Voices”, “Aeons of Burning Galaxies” and “Buried under the Flames” would say the same as I do.
Displaying a musical awareness with which only true musicians are blessed, George Kollias give us an album that, although itself powerful, foreshadows possible works that will tower above the vast majority of death metal of our times. INVICTUS is a well-builded up solo record. In the name of the progress, I hope we will see another solo album by George Kollias more progressive and more killing and gripping than INVICTUS, if it would be done as INVICTUS is perfect!
1. Echoes of Divinity
3. The Passage
4. Aeons of Burning Galaxies
5. Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead
7. Treasures of Nemesis
10. Through Empty Eyes of Light
11. Buried Under the Flames
George Kollias: All instruments, vocals
Musical guests by track order:
1. Echoes of Divinity - speech by Mike Breazeale (Solo Artist)
2. Invictus - guitar solo by Dallas Toler-Wade (Nile)
3. The Passage - guitar solo by Yiannis Papadopoulos (Solo Artist)
4. Aeons of Burning Galaxies - guitar solo by Rusty Cooley (Day of Reckoning)
5. Shall Rise/Shall Be Dead - guitar solo by George Emmanuel (Rotting Christ)
6. Voices - guitar solo by Karl Sanders (Nile)
7. Treasures of Nemesis - guitar solo by Theodore Ziras (Solo Artist)
8. Apocalypse - synth solo by Bob Katsionis (Firewind/Outloud)
9. Epitaph (no guests on this song)
10. Through Empty Eyes of Light - guitar solo by Yannis Papadopoulos (Solo Artist)
11. Buried Under the Flames - guitar solo by Mike Papadopoulos (Cerebrum)
12. Aeons of Burning Galaxies - all guitar melodies and solos by Rusty Cooley (Day of Reckoning)
13. Voices - all vocals by Efthimis Karadimas (Nightfall)
14. Epitaph (no guests on this song)
15. Apocalypse - violin solo by Andreas Trapalis (Solo Artist)
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