Latest news: Tue, May 14 2013, CHAOSTAR
CHAOSTAR, the project born from Christos Antoniou of SEPTICFLESH's love of classical music, is streaming forthcoming record 'Anomima' in its entirety at Bandcamp.
Ranging from ancient Byzantine to Far Eastern influences, the geographically unchained music on ‘Anomima’ is fronted by the amazing Androniki Skoula and features guest vocal appearances by MORBID ANGEL's David Vincent and MOONSPELL's Fernando Ribeiro.
‘Anomima’ will hit the stores on May 28th in North America. It is available at the Season of Mist e-shop. The first pressing is a limited edition, deluxe double Digipak that includes a one-hour bonus DVD called 'Anomimata' as well as an exclusive bonus track.
You can watch a trailer for ‘Anomimata’ on Season of Mist’s YouTube channel.
Christos Antoniou: instruments, composition
Androniki Skoula: vocals
Fotis Benardo: percussion
George Diamantopoulos: traditional instruments
Charalampos Paritsis: electric violin
John Thermos: synths
CHAOSTAR has been born out of Christos Antoniou's deep desire to create music that has a more Classical approach. The guitarist emerged internationally as one of the founding members of Greece's leading Dark Metal band SEPTICFLESH, which was founded in 1993 and combines various styles ranging from Gothic as far as the extremes of Black and Death Metal including melodic and also Classical elements.
Christos Antoniou studied composition at the London College of Music under the guidance of Martin Ellerby, head of the composition department. He acquired his Bachelor of Music in 1999 and one year later, he continued his studies in composition/orchestration and earned his Master's Degree in concert music. Among his tutors was Adam Gorb, head of composition at the Royal Northern College of Music.
When SEPTICFLESH released their single "The Eldest Cosmonaut" in September 1998 it clearly took a step towards Classical music within a Metal context. The ensuing success inspires Christos and his band mates to create a project parallel to their main band in order to pursue this course further. This project becomes known as CHAOSTAR.
Although Christos is clearly the driving force behind this new formation, which focuses on an amalgamation of Classical and experimental music, all type-setters of SEPTICFLESH take part in the development of the compositions. Christos holds the reins firmly in his hand and coordinates the interchange of brilliant musicians from the Metal as well as the orchestral side.
This timeless confrontation of different styles gives rise to a music full off emotions as well as evoking and moving them. On top of this, vocalist Natalie Rassoulis, a divinity seemingly coming from another time, throws in her ever growing talent to touch the depths of our inner beings. After their self released first output "The Underworld" (2000) CHAOSTAR sign a deal with French label Holy Records who publishes "Chaostar" (2000), "Threnody" (2001), "The Scarlet Queen" (2004) and finally the compilation "Underworld" (2007).
When SEPTICFLESH return from a self imposed creative break with their highly successful album "Communion" (2008) on Season of Mist, Christos also revives CHAOSTAR and puts his trust on the same label. "After six years of silence, I am very pleased to continue my experimental side with Season of Mist" comments Christos."I know how they work and they understand what CHAOSTAR is about. I am thinking about writing an 'opera' based concept on Euripides' drama masterpiece 'Medea'. I will definitely not follow the previous atmosphere, which was rather based on 'classical' music. A combination of extreme Metal sounds and modern textures will play a dominant role in my forthcoming sound."
Although the Greek mastermind set out as publicly announced with the intention to write an "opera" based concept on Euripides' antique drama "Medea", this changed during the working process. Of the original idea only a song called "Medea" remains. The new theme of the album is based on the Greek word "Anomima", which means "sin" with reference to "unapproved" action. This can be a revolutionary idea, provocative behavior or any door to freedom breaking the chains of taboo. As an example Christos likes to refer to Galileo Galilei facing death for speaking out scientific truth. The lyrics, which are mainly penned by amazing new singer Androniki Skoula, celebrate such lone stalwarts courageously following their hearts against dark adversaries.
CHAOSTAR's still untitled new album will feature a guest appearance by MOONSPELL singer Fernando Ribeiro, and is due later this year.
|Christos Antoniou||instruments, compositions|
|George Diamandopoulos||Traditional instruments|
|Charalampos Paritsis||Electric violin|
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