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Tuesday, 23 November 2010 13:36

Κείμενο: Θανάσης Αδαμαντόπουλος

 

Με την ανάπτυξη της τεχνολογίας και την απόλυτη πλέον διείσδυση του internet στη ζωή μας, πολλές μπάντες καταφέρνουν να κυκλοφορήσουν τη δουλειά τους και να την κάνουν ευρέως γνωστή παρακάμπτοντας τον παραδοσιακό δρόμο, την κυκλοφορία δηλαδή μέσω κάποιας εταιρίας.

Το “Manifests Of Human Existence” είναι μία αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενη προσπάθεια από τους ECHIDNA που τους τοποθετεί με αξιώσεις στο metal χάρτη, καθώς δεν υπολείπεται σχεδόν σε τίποτα από κυκλοφορίες μεγάλων εταιρειών. Και αυτό επειδή, εκτός του ότι ως μουσική πρόταση είναι κάτι αρκετά αξιόλογο, η παραγωγή και ο ήχος του στέκονται σε πολύ καλά επίπεδα, γεγονός που σημαίνει ότι το group δείχνει τον απαιτούμενο επαγγελματισμό όσον αφορά την παρουσίαση της δουλειάς του.

Στον συνθετικό τομέα, που είναι και ο πιο σημαντικός, κινούνται στο ύφος των DEATH (περιόδου Human), ATHEIST (περιόδου “Unquestionable Presence”) και λιγότερο των CYNIC. Με άλλα λόγια, παραδοσιακό progressive /technical death metal δεκαετίας 90.Και αναφέρω τον όρο παραδοσιακό, καθώς οι ECHIDNA δεν προσπαθούν να εντυπωσιάσουν και να αποσπάσουν την προσοχή με ακραία τεχνικότητα και ταχύτητες, όπως κάνουν πολλοί σήμερα, αλλά με συνεχείς εναλλασσόμενες μουσικές φράσεις και προοδευτικότητα στη δόμηση των συνθέσεων, η οποία όσο προχωράει ο δίσκος γίνεται όλο και πιο εμφανής, αναλαμβάνοντας πρωταγωνιστικό ρόλο. Για παράδειγμα, τα πρώτα 5 κομμάτια του cd από τα 10 συνολικά (παρεμπιπτόντως το “Whispers” θα ήθελαν πολλά groups να το είχαν γράψει) είναι πιο κοντά στο «παραδοσιακό» ύφος που προαναφέρθηκε, ενώ στα υπόλοιπα 5 κομμάτια οι ECHIDNA αρχίζουν να κινούνται σε δύσβατα μονοπάτια χρησιμοποιώντας jazz φόρμες, φωνητικά samples,keyboards ακόμα και τζουρά!! Το θετικό είναι ότι τα καταφέρνουν αρκετά καλά, χωρίς να εκτεθούν. Το μόνο που με χάλασε λίγο είναι το προχειροφτιαγμένο εξώφυλλο.

Οι ECHIDNA δείχνουν ότι έχουν και τη διάθεση και τις ικανότητες να προσφέρουν κάτι ακόμη πιο αξιόλογο και στο μέλλον. Το “Manifests Of Human Existence” δηλώνει εμφατικά την υπόσχεση για κάτι τέτοιο. Συνεπώς, όταν κάποια στιγμή θα πάτε να αγοράσετε την τάδε κυκλοφορία της τάδε μεγάλης εταιρείας ρίξτε μια ματιά και στο ράφι με τις ανυπόγραφες πλην αξιολογότατες μπάντες που υπάρχουν . Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες μπείτε στο site της μπάντας.

 

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Review by MetalReview.com - 8,3 / 10 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 October 2010 16:53
written by: Jeremy Witt
Production Score - 4.5
Songwriting Score - 5.0
Musicianship Score - 5.5
8.3

For those of you who don't watch Animal Planet, the echidna is a spiny anteater that's sort of like a porcupine and sort of like a platypus. It's not a terribly fearsome creature, unless you're an ant or you're irrationally terrified of monotremes. (Or perhaps not so irrationally--male platypuses are venomous and have a barb in their legs not unlike a stinger. To my knowledge, the echidna is less dangerous, but it does have spiny quills. Both the echidna and the platypus are electroreceptive, meaning they can detect the electrical fields in living things, which is both fascinating and kinda creepy.) I bring all this up because, upon my initial introduction to this Greek prog-death outfit, my first reaction was, "You named your band after a spiny anteater endemic to Australia and New Guinea?" Well, it turns out that I need to turn off the telly and brush up on my Greek mythology—the animal echidna (and undoubtedly the band Echidna) is named after the half-woman / half-snake mythological mother of monsters ranging from the Gorgon to Cerebus to the Chimera, which is a far more frightening and metal band-name inspiration than is a platypus. (The origin of the name "platypus" is also Greek—from "platys" meaning "broad or flat" and "pous" meaning "foot," "flat foot," which is probably the last distinguishing characteristic after which I would think to name the platypus . The fact that the word is of Greek origin and not Latin is why the plural is not "platypi." Don't say I don't teach you anything, kids...)

All etymological origins of oddball Australasian animals aside, this Grecian Echidna is a damn good band. Manifests Of Human Existence is their first full-length, following 2006’s four-song …This Suffering, and once-again, this one’s a self-released effort. Manifests is a tougher, smarter, more embellished take on the death / thrash style begun on Suffering, and the band’s progressive tendencies are ratcheted up even further now. Vocalist Theo Deligiannidis has adopted a deeper roar alongside his Chuck Schuldiner / Darren Travis growl, while the instrumental side of the Echidna show is often dominated by twisting guitars atop the nimble glides of bassist Antonis Roditis, whose fretless runs slip and slide superbly through the bottom end of these tunes. The combination of challenging riffage, prog-symphonic flourishes and complex rhythmic interplay puts Echidna somewhere between Death and Opeth, with bits of Meshuggah chunk and Atheist / Cynic jazz-tinted technicality scattered throughout.

Album opener "Whispers" features the band’s most overt Schuldiner inspiration, technical and driving with melodic leanings, and as the album progresses, so does the band, incorporating all the elements of their sound as they move further beyond the Sadus / Death influence that mostly defined Suffering. Manifests’ centerpiece, both figuratively and literally, is the three-part "Tractatus Cerebri" (which is Latin, not Greek)—split into three acts, the first and third of which are instrumental, the overall suite exhibits Echidna’s most complex and progressive songwriting. "Act One: To Be" sports a cinematic intro that opens with chiming guitars and subtle keyboards beneath wordless screaming and film samples, off-kilter riffing and guitar squalling, all of which segues neatly into the chugging staccato theme and spiraling leads of the beginning of "Act Two: Driven Into." Most of the actual song is contained within "Two," twisting death metal with melodic lead guitar work, more sparse sampling, and a clean jazzy guitar break to spice things up, before "Act Three: A Twisted State Of Mind" returns with more piano work, samples and a drifting, lilting Opeth-ian feel.

The shadows of Schuldiner and Akerfeldt loom large over Manifests, but Echidna does the legends proud, adding enough flair of their own to make them more than just an Op-Death mash-up. Fans of vintage tech-death and progressive death metal in general will want to check this out post-haste. Manifests Of Human Existence is a very promising independent record from a band heretofore unknown to me—Echidna is an unsigned band poised for greater things. Keep an ear on ‘em

 

http://metalreview.com/reviews/5873/echidna-manifests-of-human-existence

 
metalstorm.net review - 8/10 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 October 2010 15:29

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written: 03.10.2010 by DerRozzengarten

 

Echidna: In the most ancient layers of Greek mythology, Echidna was called the "Mother of All Monsters" because most of the monsters in Greek myth were the offspring of Echidna and her husband Typhon.

Apart from the mythological part Echidna actually is real and it's not only a monster, it's also a Hellenic band that bites hard with technique! Manifests Of Human Existence is their debut album (they have released only one demo before) and it appears to be a pretty strong and solid release.

The band moves in technical death metal soundscapes with fierce power and groove without forgetting to offer a more progressive side with many interesting passages every now and then that distort the image you've had in mind so far, positively of course. If you thought you'd seen it all, the "Tractatus Cerebri" trilogy will send you to outer space with its progressive, surreal, even industrial aesthetic. The one great passage succeeds the other and you've been left speechless since you can't utter a single word concerning what you've just cherished. And then "The Pendulum" breaks in and destroys your fragile mind with its power and floating technique.

The guitars ride the wind with furious riffing, technical ideas, wonderful solos, melodic harmonies, acoustic chords and many more, the drumming is pure lunacy paving the way in any tempo and it's actually top-notch in terms of variety, even the bass lines are distinctive at times offering some very interesting ideas. If you thought that this was it, no, you will find some traditional instruments (like on "Political Sickness in D# Hijaz Kar") as well as keyboard lines partaking in the overall soundscape, appearing only whenever needed, henceforth they don't take control in the final outcome. The vocals are powerful with a wide range of extreme vibes, Theo grunts, shrieks, recites, hoarses, even spits the words with a sharper thrash-oriented edge lending voice to the social/political/humane lyrics that deserve to be expressed this way, with violence. A very interesting addition has to be the fact that, hell yeah, you won't find here the "cult" greek accent when it comes to pronouncing the english language!

Of course in the more progressive moments you will find an Opeth-ian prism that reflects resemblances and yes, there are references to the technical death metal scene (Death, Atheist, Cynic etc), but still, you gotta love Echidna, these guys grab their influences and they twist them in their very own inspired malevolent dance. I'm pretty sure that all this dynamic, experimental and technical sound in the future will be mirrored from a finer piece of glass, Manifests Of Human Existence is only the explosive beginning. Oh and you gotta love the cover artwork idea, life's a prison, once you've broken out of this presented heaven on earth you can hang any hypocritical mask instead of yourself for one and only simple reason, you're human now.

Highlights: "Whispers" that may leave an At The Gates feeling at times, "Political Sickness in D# Hijaz Kar" for its power and varied atmosphere as it reaches the end, the multifaceted aesthetic of the "Tractatus Cerebri" trilogy, the powerful "The Pendulum", "Dogma Of Cain."

Performance: 9
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 7
Production: 8

 

 

 

 

 

 
metalhead.gr review in Greek - 80/100 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 October 2010 15:32

'' Έτσι γαμάει η Θεσσαλονίκη''

 

Μα πόσο χαίρομαι όταν ακούω τέτοιες δουλειές.Ειδικά όταν είναι από ελληνική μπάντα.Πόσο γουστάρω ν' ακούω κάτι ελληνικό γεμάτο ψυχή και ενέργεια! Και επιμένω στο ελληνικό γιατί γαμώ το κέρατο του Ρουβά γαμώ,έχουμε σκηνή και γαμάει και σπέρνει και κυκλοφορίες σαν αυτή το αποδεικνύουν.

Τεχνικό thrash/death που σε παρασέρνει. Είναι τεχνικό όσο πρέπει, έτσι ώστε να μην κουράζει, είναι thrash όσο είναι και death, έχει ριφφάρες, συνθέσεις με αρχίδια και όχο αρχίδια συνθέσεις. Λοιπόν οι Echidna, είναι μια μπάντα από Θεσσαλονίκη και αυτή είναι η πρώτη τους ολοκληρωμένη δουλειά και απ' ότι κατάλαβα αυτοχρηματοδοτούμενη.

Οι Μακεδόνες έχουν κάνει πολύ καλή δουλειά, έχουν από τις πιο καλές παραγωγές που έχω ακούσει για ανεξάρτητη κυκλοφορία και η μουσική τους είναι οδοστρωτήρας. Δεν σταματάει και δεν κολώνει σε τίποτα. Με λίγα λόγια γαμάει αδυσώπητα!Θέλω να πιστεύω πως θα βρεθεί εταιρεία γι' αυτήν την μπάντα σύντομα γιατί έχουν πολλά να πούν.Τα παιδιά σκοτώνουν και μπράβο τους!Καιρό είχα να γουστάρω έτσι(η τελευταία φορα ήταν με τους Verdict Denied).

Παλικάρια συνεχίστε την καλή δουλειά!Περιμένω την επόμενη κυκλοφορία σας. Αγαπητοί φίλοι αναγνώστες το album σκοτώνει!

 

Σατολιάς Γιάννης

 

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