Naer Mataron - Pure Hellenic Black Art
NAER MATARON was formed in 1994 as NAR MATARON by Morpheas (Guitars) and Lord Alatoth (Vocals) playing black metal in the old way. After recording the godly "Awakening of ancient greece" demo Kaiadas (Bass) and Lethe (Drums/keyboards) joined and the band got a deal with Black Lotus records. In 1997 the band had some quarrels about Lord Alatoth and after that he left. The band changed it's name to NAER MATARON and Lord Alatoth created NAR MATARON again. This story is quite involved so I will leave it here and concentrate on NAER MATARON. The music sounds a lot like norwegian blackmetal and it´s good as hell! But instead of lyrics dealing with ice, winterdeamons and frosty mountains, Naer Mataron write about ancient Greek gods and European culture. The music has also some 80´s thrash metal influences which suits the other music perfect. the debut cd "Up From The Ashes" which was released in the summer of 1998 is already a Hellenic Black metal classic and one of the better albums in my collection. In the year 2000 their second opus "Skotos Aenaon" was released. It's not as great as their debut but still a very good album. Check them both out...