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Hard Disk Drive – Immortal Nightmares

Hard Disk Drive
Immortal Nightmares
by Metal Wim at 13 April 2022, 6:42 AM

The town of Messinia in Greece is not the first place that one will easily associate with being a haven for Heavy Metal, although I must say that Greece in itself is becoming more and more metal, with quite good bands and even some bloody eventful festivals. Nevertheless, this is where the origins of HARD DISK DRIVE are to be found. The band has been together for 12 years, and after two singles and two EP’s it is finally time for their debut full length album. They have named it “Immortal Nightmares”.

When it comes to the music that is not an apt description, as the songs are well written and even better performed on the album. The instrumental opening track “Storms Of Venus” gives you an idea as to how good these musicians are, and to be fair, they confirm that all through “Immortal Nightmares”. Old school Heavy Metal mixed with modern sounds is what we are treated to, and it all has a kind of familiar vibe without sounding outdated.

No, for me the “Immortal Nightmares” come from the voice of Konstantinos Faldidis. The reason for me is that it sounds as if they have asked a crooner to try and sing some heavy metal, and it just doesn’t work. At least, not for me. Maybe you as a listener have a broader mind and perspective, but I just can’t stomach it. You can compare it to someone like KING DIAMOND, who also has a very distinctive voice that isn’t for everyone. You either love him or hate him. And whatever you choose will impact on how you see, accept and enjoy the accompanying band.

It is the only real draw back to really liking HARD DISK DRIVE, because as I mentioned, I actually love the musicality and resolve of everything on “Immortal Nightmares”. The riffs are delightful, the backbone of the band is solid and make exactly the right noises, filling the voids exactly right. My advice to them would be to go out and find a kick arse singer, as I feel that will elevate their chances on becoming an international sensation, or at least a Heavy Metal surprise. If they do, I will be the first in line to listen to their new endeavours and congratulate them on their progress. If they can achieve or, might one dream, better the quality they are showing on “Immortal Nightmares”.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Storms Of Venus
2. Long March To Freedom
3. Fragile Innocence
4. Babylon Nephilim
5. I Only Say Goodbye
6. Souls Of Self Destruction
7. Ebony Sadness
8. Queen Of A Newborn Kingdom
9. Winter Shores
10. Lockdown Sorrow
Lineup:
Konstantinos Faldidis – Guitars & Vocals
Paris Chatztheodorou – Guitars
Thanos Karalis – Drums
Record Label: Alone Records
     


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