Raw In Sect is a Greek band formed in 2005 and now consisting of Kostas Diamandis (vocals, guitars), Jim Alexiou (drums), Bill Kranos (guitars) and George Vasilopoulos (bass, backing vocals). The more I think about the band’s name, the more I like it. It uses the word “raw”, which is a good sign if you have my kind of taste in metal, and then it has that play on words, “in sect”, which makes me think of both hooded, human-sacrificing, blood-worshippers and creeping, crawling, cannibalistic things with feelers and pincers and multi-faceted eyes. I suppose it’s possible that I have an over-active imagination.
Anyway, Raw In Sect produced a three-song demo in 2007 and have now signed to a label called Aural Music, Wormholedeath for the release of their debut album, Red Flows. More good names: Wormholedeath and Red Flows. Plus, the band is scheduled to play three shows in Ireland with Suidakra in September. That’s keeping some good company.
But a good band name and a flowing (red) album name will only carry you so far, i.e., right up to the brink of the music itself, and then you either fall off a cliff, crashing and burning, or you get into a good . . . flow . . . with something red and raw (and insectile) along for the ride. Which is it for this band? (more after the jump . . .)
I think there’s more to like here than just the cool names. I’ve heard three songs from the Red Flows album. They pulse and strobe in a high-energy fusion of thrash, tech-death, and prog metal. Punishing staccato rhythms will have your head beating in a spastic seizure, whirlwind guitar leads will then give you the adult version of shaken-baby syndrome, and the crazy, roaring vocals will have the dogs in your neighborhood barking along with enthusiasm.
All three songs are expertly executed and have interesting nuances that separate them from run-of-the-mill death-thrash — this is very promising music. I especially liked “Protect”, with its seductive (and misleading) intro and the pealing guitar chords that usher the song to its conclusion over a barrage of jabbing percussion. Check it out and let me know what you think:
“Wall of Greed”[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/01-Raw-In-Sect_wall-of-greed.mp3|titles=Raw In Sect – Wall of Greed]
“Man Less”[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/02-Raw-In-Sect_man-less.mp3|titles=Raw In Sect – Man Less]
“Protect”[audio:https://www.nocleansinging.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/03-Raw-In-Sect_protect.mp3|titles=Raw In Sect – Protect]