It took four years to follow up a magnificent work like Omonoia, but the results seem to give reason to the Greeks Allochiria, a band to which we can only reproach a rather reduced productivity, compared to a quality that in the proposed genre finds few equals. The post metal sludge offered by the Athenian band does not represent anything that has not already been written by the leading bands of the genre, but what makes the difference are the intensity and tension that every single fragment of the album manages to release. As in the previous album, Irene’s voice expresses a rage mixed with despair that, then, is the mix of feelings instinctively felt by every thinking mind, in these times that see humanity touching unimaginable heights in terms of technology and, at the same time, be plagued by an overall ethical and behavioral barbarism. Throes is not an easy work, although Allochiria may appear at times less furious than the debut full length, but the difference compared to proposals of similar tenor is the feeling of being in the presence of music with content and great depth, so able to leave tangible traces as well as the desire to dive several times in this sea made agitated by the compositional restlessness of the Hellenic band; Thrust and Denouement are the alpha and omega of a work that first lashes, then caresses, but the hand that touches the face is rough and elusive, because any form of consolation can only be ephemeral. Three quarters of an hour to be assimilated without haste and with the right predisposition, to discover that, given the long compositional vacation of Amenra and Cult Of Luna, Allochiria represent at present the best European expression of the genre, with the advantage compared to four years ago to have come out from the shoals of self-production and therefore see increased possibilities to reach a larger audience.
2017 – AOP Records
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