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Released: 2015, G.O.D.
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Greek Potergeist have already completed 10 years of being around and play their heavy rock flavoured with stoner and groovy smells.
This month they release their fourth album, named CROCODILE TEARS. The sound overall is simply and incredibly Greek (I mean that Greek southern scene has got its own stamp and style!), straight to the point, heavy-riffed hard rock.
Here, there are 9 songs of pure south-influenced heavy rock. They’re all written with seemingly only one purpose in mind: to get you to headbang, sing along nad have a good time. So simple!
All of the time they’re more on the slower and mid-tempo side, like on “Last Punk Standing”. Vocalist Alex S Wamp definitely has the voice of a seasoned veteran in hard rock. The song are guitar driven by the mighty hands of Nick XP and Stratal, following the great, solid and heavy rhythm section of Kostis Vihos and Tolis Toleas. There are great guest appearances here; Penelope Anastasopoulou (mostly known as an actor, but she’s got a talented rock voice and Fotis Benardo, the well-known ex-drummer of Septicflesh).
CROCODILE TEARS follow the likes of southern side of Pantera, Down, Crowbar and Black Label Society. The consistent heaviness and slow-burning pace of their sound has proved to be successful for the band with each and every album they release, but it is arguable that the band had reached their creative peak on this release.
Instrumentally the band has never sounded fresher, more alive and heavier than before. Although variety isn’t the band’s strong-point, Potergeist have proved once again, for the fourth time in a row, that their style is staying put, and it won’t change until every bit of heaviness and aggression has left them for good.
The things are so simple. Phase Reverse plays blistering stoner, doom heavy rock. This Greek Metal sensation with the seedbed southern touch is clearly stigmatic with the entire cargo of drudged and lusty efforts. This record leaves you alone into the warfare of riffs all around the songs. Some mini-masterpieces maybe are hidden here! This could be the milestone album of Greek southern metal scene. CROCODILE TEARS contains a highly promising sound of the heavy rock/ stoner Greek metal scene.
For those that do like heavy rock style and haven’t listened to this album, you know what to do.
1. Swamp Muse Summoning
2. Crocodile Tears
3. Visit From A Swampire
4. What Then
7. The Preacher And The Witch
9. Last Punk Standing
Alex S Wamp: vox
Nick XP: guitar
Kostis Vihos: bass
Tolis Toleas: Drums
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