ACHELOUS – Macedon
This is a band I know really well and finally their third release is out, along with a free demo and a private EP CD, showing an enormous progress on their skills and sound. We are talking about one of the top 10 albums for Greek metal in 2018. Chris Kappas ex-singer for REFLECTION, shows a completely different face and prism of his vocal talent. The whole band along with the producer offers 100% of what they have. Excellent compositions, great guitar work, basic traditional melodies, a few female voices and folk elements are things to be found here. In general we are talking about a jewel for your CD collection; a must have for epic metal fans and the influences are similar to: WARLORD, MANOWAR, SAXON, ACCEPT, IRON MAIDEN, REFLECTION, SKYKLAD, FOLK EARTH, ATHLOS, SACRED BLOOD, MARAUDER, MANOWAR, HELSTAR, SAVATAGE, SCORPIONS, PRAYING MANTIS.
Most of the songs, I recall at least 8 songs out of 10, are my favorites. “Blood” is the bomb for this album, and also the intro for song number 5 “Gavgamela” is something unique for every international (for Hellenic ears is close to folk) metalhead. Not to mention the plethora of musicians on this CD from POWER CRUE, FORSAKEN, REFLECTION, INNER WISH, etc. 10 songs of intense epic metal melodies, great lyrics and fantastic artwork.