Released: 2005, Sonic Age Records
Perpetual is a showcase band for one Cosy “Overlord” Varras, a 21-year old guitar prodigy from Greece. For this, Perpetual’s debut album, Cosy wrote all of the music and lyrics himself, and surrounded himself with some of the more well-known members of the Greek metal community: Bob Katsionis ((Battleroar, Nightfall, Imaginery, Septic Flesh etc.), Fotis Giannakopoulos (Septic Flesh), and Vasilis Axiotis (Phantom Lord).
As you would expect from a budding guitar-hero, PERPETUAL is a feast for guitar fans, from the acrobatic riffs to the fast-Malmsteen solos; Overlord has certainly mastered his guitar. But this album is now “wank” CD by any means – the music here is melodic metal that, at times, can stand with the best the genre has to offer. All of the songs on PERPETUAL are well-written and performed with fire. I’ve never heard Phantom Lord before, but Vasilis’ vocals are good enough to make me want to check them out! He has a powerful, clean voice that stands out above Overlord’s surprisingly aggressive riffs (see the awesome, grinding “Prince of Darkness”).
That said, the album is obviously the product of a single-mind and not a band. All of the players are able musicians, but there is a palpable lack of chemistry on the disc, and it seems as if the “band members” came in to the studio and recorded their parts separately. This idea is born out on Overlord’s official website, as there is no info on any of the other members, and it’s implied that a whole new band has been formed around Overlord. If so, that’s a shame because it would have been cool to see where this version of the band would have gone on their next album.
This is a great first step for Overlord, and here’s hoping that his next foray with Perpetual fully realizes the promise shown here.