Disharmony – “Shades Of Insanity” (Noiseheadrecords)
Wow – this has to be one of the best metal albums I’ve heard from Greece – ever! Originally formed in the 90s but reborn in 2009, they were handpicked by Sanctuary’s Warrel Dane and Lenny Rutledge to be their direct support in Athens so it’s little wonder that Disharmony play modern metal along those lines. Soaring, operatic vocals mix effortlessly with deep, epic riffs and passionate melodies that eschew the finest pedigree of metal musicianship on songs like ‘This Possible Lie’ and ‘Cosmic Anarchy’. I honestly did not realize the Greek metal scene had a band as good as this! I believe the band’s beginnings were actually doom metal and there are still traces of that in melancholic songs like ‘Forgotten In Oblivion’ although these are more along the lines of Paradise Lost rather than Sabbath. This is a superb album that anyone into modern metal will appreciate and beyond that a real step ahead for the Greek scene as a whole deserving all around commendation.