Alphastate – The Grind

 

The Grind Cover

Alphastate – The Grind
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 03/04/2018
Running Time: 37:28
Review by Dawn “The Metal Priestess” King
7/10

Alphastate are a Greek metal band, formed in 2013 as a personal project of Pete Breaker (guitars). Vocalist Manos Xanthakis joined in in 2015 and the line up was complete in 2016 with the additions of Dimitris Tsounakis on bass and Fivos Andriopoulos on the drums. They released their first album “Out of the Black” in 2015 and received excellent and positive press globally.

Says the band: “we wanted to combine modern metal with 80’s and 90’s influences such as Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Pantera and Nevermore to create a very personal and extreme style with no boundaries.”

So, what genre of metal are Alphastate? To pigeonhole them into one category would be wrong and do them a severe injustice. They play heavy metal that is heavier than normal, but they have thrown in a bit of power too, with just a hint of doom (think Sabbath, Candlemass and Trouble), and this gives them an almost unique sound.

I always think the vocals make any band and am always on the lookout for bands that have distinctive and different singers. If I am totally honest, on the first run through of the album, I didn’t actually like Manos’s vocals but after listening a few times, I realised I really didn’t give him much credit. His vocals are deep, and unmistakably Greek, which is by no means a bad thing. He could quite easily fit into a band such as Firewind if they were ever on the lookout.

I must admit that I hadn’t listened to the band’s first album before listening to this one, but the promo notes that came with the album stated that they wanted to take a more modern and aggressive approach musically with this new album. They wanted “very loud and distinctive guitars, a more modern production that had the vocals pushed up front and drums that punched through the sound.”

I think they were successful on all three counts. Take the guitars out of this album and they would slot straight into a Pantera album, the drums are strong and tight, and I have already mentioned the vocals above.

This album includes a lot more of the band’s own thoughts and experiences making it the most personal release so far, and sonically it is their best. They have made an album that is “pure aggression with the best songs they have ever written.”

One thing that I wasn’t overly keen on with this album, was the lack of variation. Each song seemed to sound much like the last, and I am not sure if this is due to unfamiliarity with the tracks. Maybe with a few more listens through, the songs may start to separate a bit.

But this doesn’t take away from the fact, that this is a solid album, and for a band that has only really been together properly since 2016, it’s a good sign of things to come.
Give these guys a go……and they may just surprise you!

 

TRACK LIST
01. Trapped
02. Phantom Desires
03. Speak Your Mind
04. Theater Of Lies
05. The Grind
06. Forevermore
07. Behind The Dark
08. Heaven’s World
09. Man Made God

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
https://www.facebook.com/AlphastateMetal/
https://www.instagram.com/alphastate_official/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCngyPMt1FVY2fdGJ0pbmc4g
https://sliptrickrecords.com/alphastate/

 

Alphastate

 

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Ashley Worhol – ‘Perception’

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Ashley Worhol
Perception
Published by Bookbaby
Release Date: 21/12/2017
9/10

“What if you could view the world from someone else’s eyes…. wouldn’t you be curious?”

This is the question that is asked on the cover of Ashley Worhol’s new collection of poetry, an interactive hybrid poem and photography book titled “Perception.”

But, first let me tell you a bit about the author.

Ashley Worhol is a composer/vocalist/producer/instructor and pianist from Houston, Texas, who has a degree in music composition from the University of St Thomas and is a classically trained soprano opera singer. She is also the lead vocalist and composer with the band Worhol, which she formed in 2012 with her father, Larry, when they decided they wanted to follow their dream together as a team. With a classical background from both parties, Worhol’s music can best be described as symphonic and theatrical.

Perception is the author’s perspective of this world we live in and through the words and the pictures, the reader is invited into her world, while at the same time, trying to conjure up their own from what they see and read.

Everybody has their own perception, or view, of everything that happens in life, and the author states herself in the opening notes to the book that she wants the reader to “free your minds as you read each word and indulge your curiosity. Allow your mind to wander and perceive each poem as your own interpretation.”

The cover image is, in my opinion, very strong and sends out the message that people only know of us what we choose to show. Do we show the innocent side, while hiding the dark or do we portray ourselves in a bad way to stop the good from being hurt? There are two sides to everyone, but people perceive us only by the information we give to them.

The poems are full of emotion right from the very beginning and appear to tell the story of a young girl’s journey through life, and the changes she experiences both emotionally and physically.

The reader is made to feel a whole host of emotions from sadness and hopelessness to anger as they travel through the book, before the girl appears to find happiness. She has finally found a place of peace and contentment and she now knows what she should be doing with her life.

The girl, whether that be Ashley, herself, or just the fictional character from a book, is baring her soul for the reader to see, maybe to tell the reader that what they go through is not necessarily all bad and that it can lead to good, or maybe just to express how she is inwardly feeling, but in doing so, she is also inviting the reader to open up theirs, and make up their own minds about the words in the poems.

The book itself is beautifully set out. I only received a digital copy, but I can image the pages being of very good quality, bound sturdily together, and the cover a hard back. The imagery used, and the photographs / illustrations are simply stunning, while the fonts used for the writing reflect the theme of each poem.

Despite studying English Literature to a high level, one thing I could never get my head round properly was poetry. This book has really turned that all on its head and I hope that there is more to come from this, obviously, very talented young lady.

http://www.worhol.net/

http://www.worhol.net/dpk

https://www.facebook.com/Worhol.Productions/

https://www.instagram.com/worholtheband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC57r5zSFHU_ZvQM_dBi-K1g

https://www.instagram.com/ashleyworholofficial/

https://www.facebook.com/testamentdesigns/

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