I really enjoy listening to such qualitative albums by Greek bands, as it becomes evident with every year that passes by that when the Greek musicians decide to spend lots of hours in rehearsing and practicing their material and most importantly if they invest money in coming up with a respectable production, then the overall result is nothing sort of impressive. Versus Heaven possess an additional asset to win over the naturally reserved crowd…their sound balances on the thrash, aggressive atmosphere of the late 80s/early 90s (in the vein of Annihilator and Megadeth) and the lyrical aspect of such groups as Iced Earth and Nevermore.
The vocals bring in mind Matt Barlow, the overall performance shows an evident ability of all the members of Versus Heaven while the lyrics are carefully and thoughtfully written. Of notice is the closing track “Forbidden” that actually pays tribute to Savatage (circa 1993-1995). My only slight complaint is about the lengthy duration of some of the songs that might not be necessary…
Nevertheless, we congratulate Versus Heaven for this debut offering and we wish them all the best in their future musical endeavors.
Highlight: You can watch the band’s video-clip for “Betrayed” below.