When George Kollias announced that he will release a personal album, I thought about many metal musicians who did the same, most of them playing whatever they want just to torture their instruments. But George decided to do something else.
This is a death metal album. All instruments and vocals are performed by George. Unfortunately, this album is not as good as I expected. The guitars sound very flat with no exciting riffs to make the songs sound better. The drumming of course is outstanding. George is an amazing drummer and there is nothing new about this. But the drumming alone can’t make this album better. It would be better if the music style was more technical, all of it, not just the drums. An interesting song is the last one “Buried Under The Flames” which starts with a chant from a Greek church.
Also, George is not alone in this album. He has lots of special guests. His bandmates from Nile, Karls Sanders and Dallas Toler-Wade, Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Outloud), Yiannis Papadopoulos (Fragile Vastness), Theodore Ziras, Michalis Papadopoulos (Cerebrum), George Emmanuel (Rotting Christ) and Efthimis Karadimas (Nightfall). Also there are 4 bonus tracks with alternate versions of some songs.
From all the albums I’ve listened to with George on the drums, this is my least favorite. I hope that next time he will give us something better. He has a lot of talent after all.