Released: 2015, Floga Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The Greek black metal scene is an area I’ve admired for many a year. Not because I am a Greek, but because it has a very wide range of bands who have been making excellent music since the genre’s inception. Greece gave birth to the first all female black metal band: Astarte and also gave us the raw rantings of Unholy Archangel, who made Greek mythology something to headbang to. And then there’s Rotting Christ, who brought gothic black metal into the greater listenership.
So from this scene springs up another excellent group who seem to have taken all the right elements of their nation’s rich black metal scene and put them all together to give us the most energetic piece of melodic black metal I’ve heard all year. I am of course talking about Katavasia and their debut album: SACRILEGIOUS TESTAMENT.
We open with a truly great first track ‘Cosmic Nightmare’ with vocalist Necroabyssious reminding me of Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ, and the drums and guitar are catchy as hell and have lashings of Disfigurement and Darkthrone here and there. ‘Visions of the Mist Night’ is more aggressive and sounds a little bit like early thrash metal, and there’s several instrumentals such as ‘Eosoforou Katavasis’ which makes use of tribal instruments like Pan Pipes and woodwinds. At times the melodies sound almost like a movie score like on ‘Mater Tenebrarum’ that made me think of dramatic sequences such as the scene in 300 where Leonidas and his guards head off for the gates of Thermopylae. ‘Virgin Blood’ has quite quirky guitars and I felt an odd moment of psychedelia. It is angry but not indecipherable which is how I’d describe the tone of this band in general.
This album has Greek metal written all over it, and has made use of all the best elements of said scene. It is fun, enticing, entertaining and will make you want to press the play button again and again.
Review by Demitri Levantis