Athenian echoes (album dei Nightfall del 1995)

ATHENIAN ECHOES è il terzo album in studio della band Black metal di origine greca Nightfall. Pubblicato nel 1995, ha uno stile che per certi versi è una miscellanea di Death e Black, non del tutto conforme alla cultura pagana scandinava. Vengono trattati temi riguardanti i miti delle terre d’oriente, l’occulto e le gesta eroiche.

Si comincia con la poderosa Aye azure, per poi proseguire con Armada, molto sanguigna, e Ishtar (celebrate your beauty), dedicata alla dea babilonese della fertilità, con un intermezzo che propone versi a cantilena. The vineyard è un brano lento ed inquietante, mentre l’apocalittico I’m a daemond ci racconta molto del lato oscuro. Iris (and the burning aureole) è appassionato ed epico, My red, red moon (Emma o) ha degli stacchi ovattati e per finire Monuments of its magnificence che ci trasporta in luoghi incantati della storia umana ed oltre.

George Aspiotis alla voce, Chris Amadou alla chitarra, Mike Galliatsos al basso e Costas Savidis alla batteria ci regalano oltre tre quarti d’ora di musica aggressiva, compositiva e che ci parla di argomenti arcaici ed affascinanti.

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