KAWIR’s eighth album, Adrasteia. Although three years separate this and its full-length predecessor, Adrasteia amazingly brims with an urgency that’s simply startling for a band of such veteran status. Upon its first few resounding notes, Adrasteia is immediately and engagingly KAWIR – and as the ceremonial slow-burn of opening track “Tydeus” builds, anticipation is set exceedingly high, these Greeks working a simmering spell of sumptuous splendor. The track segues into a heroic march by its latter third, with that ever-so-enticing Hellenic mysticism taking root, before the fury fully begins with the following “Atalanti.” Indeed, that fury doesn’t relent for the remainder of Adrasteia, but KAWIR carefully keep their pacing nuanced and dynamic, with each of these six characteristically cascading tracks unveiling a breathtaking landscape of sonic peaks and valleys.
But, as ever with KAWIR, the sonic portrait they paint is imbued with a deep lyricism hailing the Greek pantheon. In the case of Adrasteia, its namesake is the goddess of female revenge, and honorably does the album’s lyrical concept focus on heroic women and the cruelty around them. For this unique and tasteful exploration, KAWIR here have gathered together a whole host of incredible guests, including Macabre Omen mainman Alexandros on all clean vocals, the ethereal Norwegian voice of Lindy-Fay Hella on the stark ‘n’ haunting “Colchis,” and Melechesh’s Ashmedi giving a guitar solo on “Danaides.”
Altogether, Adrasteia makes for KAWIR’s most quintessentially Greek album in many years – ever longer may their pantheon reign!