Kataxnia – Crescendo of Despair
Dark, metal-laden crust from Thessaloniki
This is a quintessential representation of the Greek crust scene. Sure, there are some modern, more melodic riffs here and there, but otherwise Kataxnia take the best out of a long tradition of dark and desperate metal-laden bands in Greece.
This is really layered crust from Thessaloniki, mostly mid-paced d-beats with simmering bass lines. Since the beginning of crust punk movement in the late 80’s, it’s a common thing to hear Greek bands largely influenced by the likes of Antisect, Amebix and Axegrinder. Kataxnia is no exception to the rule, though the record is much more diverse and melodic than most of the similar stuff you’re gonna hear in the genre. And of course, it shows that you don’t need to be super fast or brutal to create a dark atmosphere and evoke pessimistic feelings of the world.
The vocals are rough in this one but never screamy, it’s the vocal style that feels like loud and robust speaking. You can hear clearly every word on every song, though all lyrics are in their native Greek language. English translations are also available at Kataxnia’s bandcamp page. For a crust record it sounds really tight and legit. Genuine album, nothing really groundbreaking but worth checking out for those of you liking this particular style and looking for non-English speaking bands out there.