Track by Track with Growler
Black metal legion Erevos was formed in 2004 in Thessaloniki, Greece. Over the years, as with many new bands trying to forge its place in the extreme metal community, the band has seen its share of line-up changes. Vocalist and bassist Growler has remained a constant, along with keyboardist Tisifoni. The band has finally cemented the unit with guitarists Abraxas (Rotting Flesh, Incest In Heaven) and Pias, along with drummer, Tek. Now a unified whole the band has recorded its debut full length album, Descensus Ad Inferos. The album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö (Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Dissection, Evergrey).
Descensus Ad Inferos is a blend of melodic and even symphonic black metal. Though elements of death metal and thrash exist here too. You get a taste of the latter two on the memorable track, “Those Who Decide About Fate”.
Band founder, Growler took time out this week to take us track by track through the band’s powerful10-song debut effort.
- Adou Katavasis
The first song of the album that begins with a menacing introduction and brings you to the catacombs of Hades! An epic song with melodic black metal riffs and many thrash topics that will bang your head! In the end there is a death metal rhythmic blow. One of the best songs of the album! A true combination of atmosphere and aggressiveness.
- The Omnipotence Of The Judges
The downfall to Hades continues and the protagonist meets the three judges of the underworld (the place of the dead). This is the most straight forward black metal song of the album with many changes to the rhythm and combines some heavy metal topics too. It is a pure black metal attack!
The definition of black ‘n’ roll! A song that can stick easily within your mind. As the song continues it becomes very aggressive with killer black metal riffs! This song and the previous one are raw as hell! We have added some Greek lyrics too in order to make it more occult!
- Those Who Decide About Fate
One of my favourites! Attention! This is a death metal song! I had the opportunity to perform some brutal vocals and I think that it went very well. Why I like this song so much is the fact that in the middle it has an incredible thrash riffing for pongo! A song which serves a very brutal feeling to our live shows!
This is one of our older songs, which we play all the time in our shows because many claim that it is our best. This is definitely a catchy as hell song! Atmospheric and melodic, perhaps it will remind you of the early days of Dissection. It also has some complicated, but very carefully written riffs.
- Possessed By The Moon (Of The Underworld)
The guidance to the place of the dead continues! This again is a death metal song with a little bit of Morbid Angel riffing. It is like “Those Who Decide About Fate” but more atmospheric and with haunted melodies. I could say this is my favourite song form the album because the keyboards are so menacing! It is not a song for live appearances; it is a song with feeling that someone would prefer to listen to it as he walks through atmospheric places (forests, mountains, etc).
This is the song that will stick within your mind! Along with “Under The Wings Of Thanatos” these are the most majestic songs. This song is so easy to memorize due to its melodies. In the middle of the song there is a riff which I promise will make you bang your heads to hell!
I adore this song! You will see why! It is a great combination of death and black metal with some elements of doom! It is like Deicide meets Emperor! This is the heaviest song of the album. Simple and raw!
- Grotesque Blasphemy (Slaughter pt.1)
It has nothing to do with the concept of the album, but it is by far the most brutal! This is the song that we close our shows with! When the place is becoming a … slaughterhouse! It is a black-thrash song. Raw, fast, simple, bone cracking! We have added some keys and some “clean” vocals to have an epic feeling too.
- Adou Anavasis
The album closes with this instrumental song, which manages to tell that the protagonist has awakened from his nightmare (his descent to hell). We tried to capture his (or her) feelings after this experience through music. This is an avant-garde song as someone wrote in a review. It is important to mention that we only used keyboards and a contra bass for this song.
We hope you to have a hellish good time through this journey of mystery and monstrosity!