Αποφορά, 2022, News, Reviews, Albums, Crust, Black, Greece

Genre: Black Metal/Crust
Country: Greece
Label: Self-financed
Year: 2022

As the modern Greek dictionaries state, apofora is the unpleasant smell, the strong stench. In ancient Greek, however, apofora also means payment of taxes-debts, or even the amount of money paid by slaves to their master, in order to work without supervision. What did the… godfather have in mind? It doesn’t matter, because whatever the thought behind the name of this one-man project from Athens was, the bottom line is the same: the guy has done a tremendous job on this debut; he left the imprint of the word in his music and of his music to the word.

So what is ΑΠΟΦΟΡΑ (APOFORA)? I think the best description would be that we have in our hands a confection whose main ingredient is the heavy atmosphere, whether we are talking about the black metal parts that are its basis, or about the crust passages that give it a more rough tone. Typically, it’s not what most people might expect, since unlike the usual blackened crust that more or less we all know, APOFORA’s music is darker and more “damned”, like a drop-out persona of a mid-1900’s film-noir.

To make it easier to understand, you can picture about a spicy brew of the Dödsrit’s relentless black metal and the Greek scene’s neo-punk/crust. Long-winded musical themes, sometimes rapid and in others slow and chaotic, are many a time alternated with aggressive d-beat and clean punk vocals – which I personally never really liked, but this is clearly a subjective problem.

In all of the above, the part of the production blends nicely, which is just so, neither over-polished and crystal, nor dirty and raw, as if we are still living in the 80’s. It has the necessary treble, to externalize the black metal feeling, but it’s also massive as fuck, so as not to be like a bee in a matchbox.

And what if it is short in duration (based on what we are used to know) for a full-album? Like a shot of a well-aged rum, it fulfills you without needing more, regardless of the fact that I… drank three or four of them, one after another.