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4/10/2016 – Review by Stamatis Matsinos
This group comes from the constant effort of a few close friends to put up a band that will fulfill their need to write music, sing rock songs, spit out their anger, talk about a lot of rocky boy-girl flirting and to come in terms with the occasional failing relationship.
Lots of the lyrics are about vices, introvert, unforthcoming female figures and angry, aggressive guys trying to conquer them. What else do you need from a good rock song?
The style is American alternative rock with certain stoner elements. They are walking down the hard rock avenue with grace and talent.
Costas Striftos is an inspired songwriter and kicks out some jams with his lyrics. Anna Economopoulos provides the ideal vocalist for a mixture of angst-driven, love-stricken arrangements. I admit that her singing is what drew me in. Panos Malahias’ guitar playing and songwriting sets the scene for a drive through an urban style of alternative rock sound that is missing from the Greek rock genre. Another breakthrough comes with Theo Papachristopoulos filling up the band’s composition with a heavy, at times, bassline. An overall well rounded experience. The studio work is excellent, the sound is layered professionally.
Victory or Death is an instant hit, in a mixed alternative and hearty paced style. Costas is practically pronouncing his verses in a Rage Against the Machine or Roxette Rap style. Anna sums it up by going up or down a few octaves.
Angel in Distress is following the same path by adding some string arrangements, following a stronger drum rhythm, adhering to an original dark rock or folk style.
No Man’s Girl is offering us a view of a man missing his pair which is an eluding, independent woman.
My personal favorite is The Voice of Malice that pours Southern Rock to the mix. You’ll find sax and harmonica playing here. It is followed by Your Truth is just a Lie which is a ballad that talks about a frustrating affair that ends in disillusionment and misery.
City of Sin comes as the band’s collaboration with Costa’s Toulantas on vocals. An acclaimed effort that combines a stoner bassline with the unique blend of and an expressive and steady male voice. This song awarded the band by reaching the Top 5 of finalists in the American Songwriting Awards (Rock Category) competition in 2015.