|CD REVIEW Litrosis|
Litrosis are a very young band with a handful of Greeks that reside in Greece, the U.K. and the U.S.A. - with members involved with, for example, Unholy Ritual, Lykaionas, Daylight Misery, Folkearth, Mortal Torment etc. They debut with I Am Death, which will be released in a strictly limited first digipack pressing of 333 numbered copies only.
The quintet brings forty seven minutes of eclectic and epic (Symphonic) Black Metal with a ‘continental trans-European’ sound. The latter means that the whole is comparable to several acts of, for example, Sweden and Norway, Belgium and Holland, Germany, Poland and, of course, Greece itself. This goes in the first place for the sound. The production is decent, rather clean yet, at the same time, rough, rusty and unpolished. Secondly, the musical (= instrumental + vocal) approach might seem a little heard-it-before. Indeed, the lack of originality and the inherent predictability might bother some. An example: the prominent guitar leads (see further) and the addition of harmonious vocals. And tertio, the song writing and song structures are so open-wide and open-minded, with tons of variative elements, yet not always re-inventing the scene (i.e. the tempo-changes, including both blasting and doomish passages, the acoustic intermezzos, etc.).
I (always) recommend a good listen before buying (stealing), and in this band’s case it certainly is a necessary recommendation. This material for sure is not bad, yet ‘the scene’ has so much more to offer, meaning: stronger, more convincing, with uniqueness and persuasive grandeur, and I seem to miss it in Litrosis’ case for the better part. It leaves me unsatisfied…