Katavasia are a band from Greece which has members of Varathron, Aenaon, Hail Serpent Noir, Transcending Bizarre, Agnes Vein, while the last 2 tracks have members Septic Flesh, Rotting Christ, and Thou Art Lord as session musicians and the band plays a very old school and atmospheric form of occult Greek black metal..
A very dark, heavy and atmospheric Greek black metal sound starts off the album along with some deep grim screams and all of the musical instruments having a very powerful sound to them and the music is very heavily rooted in the early 90's and brings back a lot of the raw aggression of that time frame.
When solos and leads are utilized they are in a very dark and melodic musical direction and the music also brings in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the bass guitars are utilized as a lead instruments throughout the recording and on some of the faster sections of the songs blast beats are utilized at times and there are also a few tracks that are very long and epic in length and a couple of the later tracks bring in a small amount of clean playing, spoken word parts and elements of medieval folk music while the later songs return back to more of a Greek black metal style while some parts do use a few seconds of acoustic guitars.
Katavasia brings back the early 90's Greek black metal sound and creates an album that is very old school, raw, melodic epic and occult, the production sounds very old school yet powerful at the same time while the lyrics cover Occultism and Left Hand Path themes.
In my opinion Katavasia are a very great sounding atmospheric, occult and old school Greek black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Cosmic Nightmare: "Visions Of The Misty Night" and "The Chariot Of the Emperor". 8 out of 10.