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The Abyss Noir
August 2017
Released: Apri, Grimm Distribution
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

So Nevermore are nevermore and Sanctuary didn't quite turn out to be the place we wanted it to be. Straight off the bat I am going to say I love both bands, Warrel Dane is high on my list of the greatest Metal singers of all time, but of late apart from a re-hash of an old Sanctuary album he has been a bit quiet. Get to the bloody point you say. Fine.

Disharmony Hail from Athens in Greece, So do lots of bands. no big deal there, but call me an Elephant with two trunks if I'm lying people, Disharmony now have the honour of filling the gap that the dispersal of Nevermore caused in my life, albeit with their own twists these guys are simply fantastic. The Vocals of lead singer Chris Kounelis have a slightly lower register than said Warrel but fuck, when he hits the high notes, shit me a brick, Rob Halford even comes to mind. What about the rest of the band would be the next question wouldn't it?

Tracks one though four are divine to say the least, and if you get the drift of what I am trying to say you will instantly fall in love with them. Tight as a fishes bum to coin a phrase, again very similar to what has come before but still able to put their own stamp on things, The Riffs are amazing, The Drum and Bass work astounding, leading me to the next point, and possibly the bone of contention for most.

How do you cover one of the biggest songs from one of the biggest bands of all time and think you will get away with it? The arrogance is astounding! I can already hear the uproar!! When I saw it on the track listing I felt that little pang that we all get when one of our childhood songs gets messed with by a newer band and just hoped for the best, they are doing just great! I don't need to hear this!! let's just skip it! Glad I didn't. When James Hetfield was going to give up the vocals for Metallica they apparently tinkered with many a replacement. Chris Should have stuck his hand up, and Panagiotis on Bass would make Cliff Burton proud.

The Closing song "Song For A Friend" is equal parts tragic and brilliant. I do not know the inspiration for it but it certainly moved me. A very sad and emotional piece of work, the acoustic work of both Guitar players is simply perfection, a real tear jerker in the finest sense. brilliance.

Thank you Disharmony for making my world a little more whole again, hopefully many more will feel the same.
Track Listing

1. The Abyss Noir
2. Vain Messiah
3. Delirium
4. This Caravan
5. Disposable Heroes (Metallica cover)
6. A Song For A Friend


Chris Kounelis - Vocals
J. Karousiotis - Guitars
Stefanos Georgitsopoulos - Guitars
Panagiotis Gatsopoulos - Bass
Thanos Pappas - Drums

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