Based on a foundation of the man that co-founded it but taking enough different routes to define it as a different project to that of Necromantia. The Magus himself takes up vocals and bass, while El (Soulskinner, Zaratus, Thou Art Lord, Principality of Hell etc) and Maelstrom (Necromantia, Yoth Iria, Thou Art Lord, Principality of Hell) take ups guitars and drums, both are long time collaborators so they mesh well as a trio. Add to this special guests such as King Dude, IDVex (1/2 Southern North ), Hel Pyre (W.E.B.), Iraklis Gialatzides (Swan Christy), Manos Six (Manos Six And The Muddy Devil) all appearing while Christos Antoniou of Septicflesh arranged the live choir (who better am I right?). Rounding out this who's who of Greek musicians is George Emmanuel (Lucifer's Child, Necromantia, Rotting Christ) produced, mixed and mastered the record giving the right amount of power for these sermons.
Infernal Throne - Caelum Et Infernum (Theogonia Records)
One man metal projects are either terrible or great, so for a music writer they can come with a sense of trepidation. Hailing from Corinth, Infernal Throne is the brainchild of Panos Iliopoulos, who contributes everything, all instruments, vocals and production to Caelum Et Infernum. A supposed powerhouse of the Hellenic underground this is his first release on Theogonia Records, a debut full length coming after a well-received EP in 2020 which promised a lot from this vicious mix of black/thrash, and the five way split, under the title of Hellenic Metal World highlighting the best of Hellenic extreme metal.
Melan Selas - Zephyrean Hymns (The Circle Music)
Atmospheric black metal band Melan Selas, look to create their own path in the Hellenic black metal scene with a style of music that leans on a style that pairs black metal screams with haunting clean vocals and riffy backing rather than the tremolo picked super speed. Opening with the triumphal blasts of Mountain Top, Melan Selas seem to bring Viking/Folk/Cinematic sounds to this new record, concentrating on the natural world, ancient times and philosophy, similarly to Brits Winterfylleth, a track such as Wanderer, really highlighting their folk tendencies as acoustics and keys are the main instruments used.
Θλίψις/Thlipsis - Dawn Of Defiance (Floga Records)
Another debut album this time from Θλίψις (Thilipsis), meaning sadness, oppression or affliction, this debut album is a touch paper of revolution, rebellious and uncompromising, taking aim at oppressive regimes and the rise of the right wing, it’s aggressive and direct.