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Released: 2004, Independent
Despite the massive popularity of heavy metal in the country, and the well-known presence of Rotting Christ, there still aren’t many recognized bands that have successfully exported themselves from Greece onto the world stage. I’m not quite sure why that is, but it doesn’t matter, because with a little luck, Homoiratus can help change things. APOCALYPSE might just be the album to do it too.
A particularly riff-heavy and brutal approach, Homoiratus make their presence felt immediately on the crushing death metal of “Another Daybreak Gone”. The song also serves to introduce the fact that the band is not your typical blood & guts death metal act. A quick glance at the tracklist confirms this with song titles like “So Many Nulls”, “Binary Clone Epoch”, and “E-Land Phobia”. It’s refreshing to see a death metal band bring a different lyrical perspective to their music.
Homoitratus’ brand of death metal is particularly groovy, but no less punishing, and refreshingly free of any melodic tendencies. Extremely catchy, songs like “One Last Breath” stick in the head, making you want to play the album again after it’s finished. In fact, this is probably one of the most memorable death metal albums I’ve heard in quite some time. Part of the reason is that the band is smart enough to keep each song short and to the point (except for 6-minute closer “Equipollence”), constructing one or two good riffs per song and leaving it at that, rather than slogging through multiple unneeded riff and/or time changes. Not every band needs to be technical to be effective.
Homoiratus has come up with what will no doubt be one of the best death metal albums of 2004 in APOCALYPSE and hopefully they’ll get the distribution they so richly deserve.
1) Another Daybreak Gone
2) The Age of Numbers
3) So Many Nulls
4) Disintegrating Rotor’s Authority
6) One Last Breath
8) Constructing Stature
9) E-Land Phobia
10) Binary Clone Epoch
11) On Fertile Ground
Angelos: Bass, Main Vocals
Alex: Guitar, vocals
Argyris: Drums, screams
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