Groovy, power progressive metal with fiery guitar solos and some soaring vocals and melodies. Sounds pretty cool to me, I’d want to know where I could hear some of that. Well, look no further, Black Fate have put together that album in Between Visions & Lies.
If their bio is to be believed, the origin of Black Fate goes all the way back to 1990 in Larissa, Greece with current drummer Nikos Tsintzilonis, Elias Tsintzilonis, Heracles Fanarakis and Stelios Papakostas. That lineup released a couple well-received demos and started playing shows. A few lineup changes and a couple albums later in 2007, Nikos met current vocalist Vasilis Georgiou and the band shifted direction, resulting in 2009’s Deliverance of the Soul on Asiral Records. Unfortunately, that lineup couldn’t tour, so Nikos and Vasilis picked up guitarist Gus Drax (Biomechanical) and bass player Vasilis Liakos (Innosense) completing the lineup that recorded Between Visions & Lies. The album was recorded in several studios, guitars and vocals at Gstudio and Hall Studios and drums, bass and acoustic guitars at Warcry Studios in Larissa. The album was mixed by Nikos and mastered by Eric Tordsson (End of September, Antestor) at Solid Mix Studios in Sweden.
This album caught my ear from the very beginning with the keyboard/orchestral opening of the aptly titled “Rhyme of a False Orchestra”. Once the orchestral opening fades, a crunchy, groovy guitar riff comes in, reminding me a bit of some Megadeth tunes like “Symphony of Destruction.” One big difference in this case though are the vocals of Vasilis Georgiou who can soar with the best singers. Very smooth delivery and very melodic. Gus Drax makes his imprint on their overall sound right from this first track, with the first of many incendiary solos that are present and simply add to the overall impact of the song, never taking over the songs. Continue reading »