CHRONOSPHERE - EMBRACING OBLIVION (Punishment 18 Records)
They hail from Athens, Greece – were formed by singer/guitarist Spyros Lafias back in 2009 and released their second, full-length effort recently through Punishment 18 Records, where Thrash Metal reigns supreme. In the beginning it was not easy to find the right musicians but one step at a time, a full-fledged team of young aged Thrash Metal soldiers found each other. With the same ambitions and passion for Thrash Metal, the guys created a first, 5 track demo called “Hypnosis”. Back then, the name of the band was Homo Sapiens. The product was well received by the European press and media, the news about Chronosphere been scattered like wildfire which led to a first couple of shows. I conclude that the band has not missed his start, on the contrary… it was only just a beginning, the best has yet to come!
“Envirusment”, Chronosphere’s official debut album saw daylight in 2011 through Thrash Attack/Eat Metal Records. I'm in limbo with regard to the quality of the CD but those who still were aware of the cut told me that the quality was pretty high. Full force ahead Thrash Metal with the IQ of a highly talented band. More live shows were booked, Chronosphere shared the stage with Rotting Christ, Evile, Suicidal Angels and plenty more. Also their contribution at a few festivals did not passed by unnoticed… the European Thrash Metal community was very pleased with the birth of these young lads’ way of acting.
By the grace of Thrash Metal, they signed a contract with Punishment 18 Records and Chronosphere’s second album “Embracing Oblivion” (a concept album about the end/punishment of the world due to humans sins and stuff) will be released in the shortest time. First of all, I’d like to introduce ya’all to the official video release of a song from the new album named ‘Brutal Decay’. Check it out and I’m sure you will be able to infer that this video means all about high quality Thrash Metal … and I'm not even talking about the rest of the songs!
Singer/lead & rhythm axe wielder Spyros Lafias, actually the man who gave birth to the band, has a great way of singing which fits perfectly into the Thrash Metal genre. Raw but clear and fairly aggressive but it’s amazing to hear the combination with his outstanding guitar skills. This young man’s riffs are lightning speed and the leads very technical, his musical career is auspicious influenced thanks to this kind of pulling strings. And believe me when I say that also his fellow band members are manufactured from the same steel. Lead guitarist/backing vocalist Panos Tsampras, Kostas Spades: bassist/backing vox and drummer Thanos Krommidas offer a straight forward demonstration in thrashing so better take a stand and obey to these guys forces.
The cover art (made by a great artist named Andrei Bouzikov) is a beauty and the sound quality shines in all areas as the songs has been mixed by George Emmanuel at Esoteron studios. The famous Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (Dream Evil) mastered the album at Fredman Studios and showcases his extraordinary skills onece again! Checking out the entire album, one song called ‘Herald The Uprising’ features a mighty guitar solo of Josh Christian from US Speed/Thrash Metal gods Toxik! To me, Chronosphere’s new output "Embracing Oblivion" has (musically speaking) much in common with a few good old US bands likewise Addictive, Intruder, Coldsteel, Realm, E-X-E, Toxik and even Mystik/Forte. Simply because of the reason all these mentioned ones delivered (or still delivering) their way of Metal in a technical manner as well. US Speed/Thrash Metal between the mid eighties up to halfway through the 90s, there I would like to place the style of Greek youngsters Chronosphere.
This time I’m going to avoid the mention of really good songs just because of the fact, all the present compositions on “Embracing Oblivion” are so goddamn awesome, there are no losers or winner. I mean that the entire album is strong enough to keep my attention way up high I keep on listening with amazing. Chronosphere - a full technical, fast forward Thrash Metal companionship from Greece ready to keep an extra eye on. If these guys continue to act at this level, they’ll soon reach the top… a place where they belong to me. Order through the house where unadulterated Thrash Metal lives at the following url: http://www.punishment18records.com/ … for all further info on Chronosphere, stop by at: https://www.facebook.com/ChronosphereGr
My Points: 89 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish