Distributor/label: Noisehead Records
Released: 15 Jan 2014
Buy Album [URL]: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shades-of-insanity/id793263995
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/disharmony.gr
Chris Kounelis (Vocals)
John Karousiotis (Guitar)
Stefanos Georgitsopoulos (Guitar)
Panagiotis Gatsopoulos (Bass)
Thanos Pappas (Drums)
1. Shades of Insanity
2. This Possible Lie
3. Infinite Astray
4. Forgotten in Oblivion
5. Oman (Dead Can Dance Cover)
8. Cosmic Anarchy
Disharmony, formed in 1997 in Athens, Greece, are a well-balanced band, taking elements from Modern Metal, classic Metal, Doom and even some Grunge and Nu-Metal influences (I’ll get on to that a little later). This, their debut album (after a ten year hiatus) was released in 2010 in Greece, and is only now getting a worldwide release, which is well deserved.
Shades Of Insanity opens with a track that shares the album’s title, quickly establishing itself with a nice chugging riff that gets all Slayer on us. Kounelis’ vocals on the verses fall flat and sound a touch cheesy. Almost so much that I very nearly wrote off the album immediately. But once he opens up for the chorus, it’s clear that he has a great voice. This is one of the more balls-to-the-walls metal tracks. ‘This Possible Lie’ opens a little heavier, with a straight metal verse, but the chorus is brilliant, wide open, epic sounds that show a great promise from this band. A fist waving, sing-along belter that will be great live.
Track three, ‘Infinite Astray’ is probably one of my favourite songs on the album, a slow beginning before a clear Alice In Chains influence shines through, and some almost Nu-Metal, Korn-like breakdowns. And it’s effortless, mixing from a classic/modern metal sound to this in the same album. It’s different, but it fits in well. ‘Forgotten In Oblivion’ gets all Doomy on us, and ‘Oman’ brings forward some much deeper traditional Greek influences. ‘Nostalgia’ brings things down a notch, with, again, a different vocal style (almost, dare I say it, a little like Ville Vallo from Him). ‘Shadows’ follows in much the same way. And it sounds great. Don’t let the Him reference put you off (I know some are a little…. picky about Vallo and his cohorts), they are great songs, played by a very capable and technically proficient band, and they have the songs to match.
Closer ‘Cosmic Anarchy’ brings us back to some pure, frantic, balls-out Metal to end things with a bang (although the fade-out at the end is a little anti-climactic).
Production wise, I would like to hear a little more crunch, something a little meatier. The riffs are there, the music is excellently performed, but it all falls a little flat in the mix, which is a shame.
All in all, this is a great album, played by a band of seasoned musicians, and I expect they will explode across the world soon. Definitely a band to watch for in a live environment.
Review by Matt Tustin