Oh, yes…at last…the Greek metal genius is back! Nightfall’s reunion was so greatly desired and the fans expectations are well fulfilled through the 12-track grandeur of “Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants”.
Although it’s been a long absence, and a difficult one, with the melodic death band tasting the ultimate success but also decline, the greeks came back with fresh mood, intelligent virtuosity and ideas so weird and arousing, that music has no choice but float unstrained through your ears,heart,mind and consciousness until you call it yours. Although “Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants” shares the characteristic “Nightfall essence” in common with the 7 preceded releases of the band, this album presents the mastermind’s (Efthimis Karadimas) innovative intentions. The listener is left surprised numerous times as the music path leads him in unexpected lands through blind unpredictable routes.Recognizable techniques, intimate technologies, familiar melodies and sounds. Their blending and order , though, create something uniquely beautiful. Exceptional guitar riffing, rhythm section that kills, dark and glorious keyboards and the vocalist’s apathetic pride, compose the 45-minute circle that never closes and you don’t even want it to.
Thematically, the band has produced a full metal declaration of their hellenic roots,starting from the album’s cover (probably the legendary Argo) to the lyrics and song titles, as well as the album’s name itself.And it doesn’t stop there; you will come across with archaistic musical patterns several times in “Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants”, especially through vocals.The significance of the new Nightfall, though, lies in the blend of times, memories and music in a non-exaggerating result, not at all plastically sophisticated, a trap that several bands have found themselves caught in.It comes naturally,yet dashingly, as if proud past and devious future unite in the tempest of present’s agony.
The hardest part was to choose the outstanding tracks of the album.Simply because there exist no such. “Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants” is a living entity, with its components forming a complete work of art and each one playing substantial role. You will listen to it over and over again, never missing one track. Enjoy!
|Track List||Line Up|
02. Astron Black
03. Astronomica / Saturnian Moon
04. Astra Planeta / We Chose The Sun
05. Ambassador Of Mass
06. The Criterion
09. Archon Basileus
10. Proxima Centauri / Dead Bodies
11. The Thirty Tyrants
12. Epsilon Lyrae
|Efthimis Karadimas – Vocals
Evan Hensley – Guitars
Jörg Uken – Drums
Stathis Kassios – Keyboards