This is the debut album of this Greek metal band from Cyprus. The leader of Astronomikon is Paris Lambrou, the bassist of the mighty Arr(a)yan Path, which is an epic heavy/power metal group that has released three albums (“Road to Macedonia” 2005 -Steel Gallery Records, “Terra Icongita” – 2010 Pitch Black Records and “Ira Imperium” – 2011 Pitch Black Records).In this band we see participating Socratis Leptos on guitar, Stefan Dittrich on drums and Nicolas Leptos on vocals – all from Arr(a)yan Path. Leptos has a really great voice… He can sing easily in high-pitched tones while his voice is really strong. The style of “Dark Gorgon Rising” reminds me of the debut album of Arr(a)yan Path and specifically the non-epic moments of that work. The whole album is really good and flows really pleasantly. “Dark Gorgon Rising” is a concept album. The story is the myth of Perseus, the first of the mythic heroes of Greek Mythology. Perseus was the hero who killed Medusa, tamed Pegasus and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster. As far as I know the producer of the album is Vagelis Maranis (the singer of Sanvoisen). Maranis has done a great work on this album. He also did the production for the last two Arr(a)yan Path albums. The songs that I enjoyed more from the album were “Anatolia”, “Witch Hunter”, “The Spell that I’m under” and the homonym track. In conclusion the work of Astronomikon is an album that all the friends of heavy/power metal should check out!!!
8.5/10 Ioannis “Knight of Light” Kaskamanidis