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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Eradicated Will (8:57)
2. Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes (4:52)
3. Those Howling Wolves (8:07)
4. Lines on a Bust (3:42)
5. Track the Saviours (4:14)
6. The Aftermath (4:13)
7. The Fall Of Bliss (Intro) (1:41)
8. The Fall Of Bliss (Part I) (8:20)
9. The Fall Of Bliss (Interlude) (4:22)
10. The Fall Of Bliss (Part II) (6:38)

Total time 55:06

Line-up / Musicians

- Nikitas Kissonas / vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, programming, composer & producer

- Jargon / piano (4)
- Nikos Miras / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Dimitra Papadimitriou

CD self-released (2011, Greece)

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars I am excited to see new music--especially progressive rock--coming out of Greece. I've long loved APHRODITE'S CHILD's 666 and 2010's A Child in the MIrror by CICCADA. Until now, I've not heard of much else coming from this small, historically rich country.

"Eradicated Will" (8:57) is excellent. Kind of like 2011's A Shattered Accord by DISCIPLINE, yet quite unlike other bands. It is, to me, amazing that, other than drums, METHEXIS is the work of only one person, NIKITAS KISSONAS. That is extraordinary! What a talent! The engineering/production team is outstanding! (Leonidas Petropoulus??!!) (9/10)

"Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" (4:52) has some wonderful melodies and vocal harmonies. I like the syncopated instrument play and instrumental clarity. The guitar sound and stylings remind me of PAUL WELLER. Not sure what the lyrics are trying to convey, but that's okay: I am NOT a lyrics man. To my ears, the voice is mostly another instrument in the music. (9/10)

"Those Howling Wolves" (8:07) has an eerie yet jazzy feel to it--musically reminds me of ANITA BAKER (not sure why). I like the programmed drums and many incidental keyboard sounds and samples. The Rhodes piano chords are quite effective--leaving lots of space for the listener's emotions to build. Nicely done! Again, I feel that with your singing you are often trying to be as theatric/dramatic as MATTHEW PARMENTER, yet you have a more beautiful singing voice than MP--one that kind of reminds me of two of my favorite current vocalists, DAN and PATRICK MCGOWAN from THE TEA CLUB. Thus, the chorus sections are my favorites, vocally. Incredible guitar/instrumental solo section! To drop out for the bare keyboard and your voice--great stuff! (9/10)

"Lines on a Bust" (3:42) is jazzy like GINO VANELLI and, later (in the chorus) MARCO GLÜMANN (SYLVAN) singing over an ERIC SATIE classic. Gorgeous song, Nikitas! (10/10)

"Track the Saviours" (4:13) reminds me of a mix of BILL NELSON (BE-BOP DELUXE) and DAVID BOWIE. I guess a little GENTLE GIANT and PETER HAMMILL, too. Definitely Bill Nelson. Cool song, though the heavier parts, even the the first electric guitar solo sounded and felt a little tongue-in-cheek (ā la This Is Spinal Tap). Interesting high energy song! (9/10)

"The Aftermath" (4:14) is straight out of early PETER HAMMILL. Again, your singing parts are much more beautiful, polished than Peter's (or Matthew Parmenter's), but the simplicity of your supporting musical paly is, in my opinion, a true strength of these songs. Love the acoustic guitar fadeout at 2:27 which turns into a crackling 'old fashioned record' album recording of an old mellotron(?) then ending with the return of the acoustic guitar. Cool song! (9/10)

"The Fall of Bliss--Intro" (1:41) must be an ANTHONY PHILLIPS piece! It's gorgeous guitar play!

"The Fall of Bliss--Part 1" (8:22) starts like a STEVE HACKETT piece, then goes TOBY DRIVER wild on us! Awesome! The GEORGE BENSON-like acoustic guitar soloing is cool! While not going quite as deeply jarring or abrasive as Toby Driver, the song does, in fact, remain quite similar to a Bath/Leaving Your Body Map-era MAUDLIN OF THE WELL song (with Pete Parmenter/Matt Hammill singing in parts). Love the organ and whispering voices section. Kind of creepy like Harry Potter or something. (CHRIS SQUIRE singing?!) Very cool section with the carnival-weird organ solo. Awesome bass playing!

"The Fall of Bliss--Interlude" (4:22) is an awesome instrumental reminding me of DARGAARD, DARK SANCTUARY, NOX ARCANA and many, many great Goth rockers. (9/10)

"The Fall of Bliss--Part II" (6:32) is a heavy rocker with some absolutely astounding shifts, effects, and guitar playing. The "we're the whole/join hands/minds/hearts" vocal section is awesome--especially knowing what Greece, the EU, and the Occupy Now and Arab Spring movements have all been doing, but that extended guitar solo that fills the whole second half of the song is simply breathtaking. Like ROBERT FRIPP in his prime, only, filled with a raw, open emotion. 3:40 and on! What an amazing end to an astounding--yes, breathtaking listening experience. This one tops even TOBY DRIVER! (10/10)

It's difficult for me to imagine anyone not being blown away by this album. What a talent! What a gifted artist! Thank you Nikitas Kissonas for sharing your amazing album with me.

I love this excellent album. It reminds me so much of Discipline's To Shatter All Accord--only, in my opinion, better! (I rated TSAA four stars.) The Fall of Bliss earns 4.5 from this reviewer-- rounded UP because of freshness, innovation, creativity, great production, and amazing variety (no two songs sound the same and yet all sound and feel like METHEXIS!)!!

Listen to this one, prog lovers! You won't be sorry!

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Greece is probably not the "proggest" country in the world , but in last some years it regularly gives us some prog rock influenced albums. Methexis ( solo project of Verbal Delirium ex- member and current Yianneis' guitarist Nikitas Kissonas) debut reminded me another Greek band Ciccada's debut, released few years ago.And even if Ciccada's music was well arranged modern symphonic folk/prog rock and Methexis is mostly one-man project (with some help from drummer and guesting pianist on one song), music of both bands has one thing in common - it's soulful and melodic roots.

The Fall Of Bliss is epos, mixing art-rock, pop-rock and some heavy metal elements with strong vocals, packed in nice paper fold-out case (with Greek painter Dimitra Papadimitriou drawings - what a beautiful colors!). Nikitas tells you a (musical) story - even if music doesn't contain even traces of Greek musical tradition, Greek historical tradition is obviously presented here. Mid-tempo, narrative,full of dramatic tension songs change each other scrolling out sound panorama filled with crying guitars, keyboards passages and electronic airy noises. As almost all Southern-European prog, the music on this album is not about demonstration of technical abilities, but about emotions. Will you like it or not depend on your heart, not head.

I am usually quite skeptical towards one-man projects music: even great musical ideas,played and recorded by excellent musician too often sound static and even dead-like when produced in studio adding sound layer over layer. This album is partially avoided such result, even if in moments whole sound is a bit flat. Probably my main note is being very energetic, rhythmical structure and tempo of all compositions are very similar, so from some point the music can start sounding a bit monotonic. I believe more rhythm changes and more various rhythmical structure would work as spices in good food making it delicious.

The album for fans of melodic, energetic, not too complex epic music with touch of darkness. My rating is 3,5 rounded to 4.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars METHEXIS is the project of Greece's own Nikitas Kissonas. He created the words and music and plays everything but the drums. There's also some guest piano on "Lines On A Bust". The excellent lyrics, dark vibe and even the vocals at times remind me of DISCIPLINE more than any other band I can think of. There is some variety and there's a couple of tracks that I had a hard time getting into but man this is a really good album.

"Eradicated Will" is my favourite song on here. A nine minute trip that I just can't get enough of. This is the most DISCIPLINE sounding song on here. I really like the vocals and also when it kicks into gear each time. A powerful tune and it's especially dark after 4 minutes including an excellent guitar solo. "Poetic Mirrors Wounded Heroes" is completely different from the rest with the vocal harmonies to start and the higher pitched vocals and keybord sounds. Man this is such a great track as well. A top three. "Those Howling Wolves" is one that i've had a hard time getting into. Reserved but theatrical vocals and piano to start then it picks up some as the sound turns fuller. The focus here is on the vocals although I do like the guitar 6 1/2 minutes in. "Lines On A Bust" was the other song I had trouble appreciating. Laid back vocals with piano early on although this is what we get throughout except the vocals do turn passionate at times. Not a fan. "Track The Saviours" is more like it as we get this powerful and dark instrumental intro before the vocals join in with passion. This is close to Prog-Metal at times.

"The Aftermath" reminds me of ANATHEMA and i'm talking the "Alternative IV" period. It goes from dark to light throughout. Sounds like mellotron to end it. The last four tracks make up "The Fall Of Bliss" suite. First is the short "Intro" where we hear birds singing before latter day ANATHEMA-like acoustic guitar joins in as the birds continue. Next is "Part I" where the wind blows in a dark atmosphere before it kicks in heavily. It calms right down and we get haunting vocals after 3 minutes. It kicks back in with vocals before 6 minutes. Great sound ! It settles and blends into "Interlude" where we get mellotron-like sounds and a dark atmosphere. Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in then more dark and powerful instrumental work. It settles late to end it. Lastly "Part II" where drums pound and more as he sings in a determined manner. It settles some after 2 1/2 minutes as the guitar solos and the drums continue in this instrumental section. The guitar is ripping it up before 5 1/2 minutes as we hear crowd noise in the background shouting.

This certainly exceeded my expectations. And while there are two tracks in a row that don't do a lot for me the rest of the album more than makes up for it. Well done Nikitas !

Review by Guillermo
4 stars With the exception of Vangelis, this is the first time that I listen to Prog Rock music from Greece, and I didn't know that this kind of music was popular enough in that country and less than there were some solo musicians and bands composing and recording albums there with this kind of music . So, maybe this is more due to my ignorance that anything else. Anyway, this album is an independent production done by Nikitas Kissonas (currently the guitarist of Yianneis, x-member of Verbal Delirium). I have to say that I donīt listen very often to Dark music and lyrics, which is the predominant style of music that I can identify in this album. But even if I donīt listen to Dark music very often, it doesnīt mean that I donīt like some of this music. Nikitas Kissonas is a multi-instrumentalist in this album, but there is also the participation of a very good drummer called Nikos Miras, who plays drums on all tracks, and also the participation of a pianist called Jargon in a track called "Lines on a Bust". Well. It seems to me that this is a conceptual album. The lyrics themes are predominantly speaking of disillusionment with love and maybe with the state of the world in general, and maybe (but this is my own interpretation) they even talk about some political and economical criticisms. Even if the Dark themes of doom and unhappiness are there, some of the lyrics talk about hope, and the album closes with an optimistic message of "it can be done if it is done together". I think that this lack of optimism in some of this Dark music is more the reflection of the modern times and the influence of some ideas that come from the uncertainty of the modern world (these are my views anyway, but I could be wrong). In comparison to the Prog Rock music which was composed in the seventies, I think that in the seventies there was more hope reflected in the lyrics and in the musical atmospheres. But, this album has very good music, played and recorded very well, with some unusual chord changes (at least for my ears anyway) and very good musical arrangements and production ideas. I donīt like the vocals very much, but there are some interesting vocals arrangements. The mixing is very good too. So, it sounds like it was done with a lot of care. My favourite tracks from this album are "Lines on a Bust" (a piano piece with lyrics) and "Track the Saviours" (with very good distorted Heavy Metal guitars in sound).
Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Greece will never be the promised land regarding Prog releases, but every now and then a good album appears from the country.Nikitas Kissonas is a young Greek musician, formerly the guitarist of Verbal Delirium, who formed his own Methexis project and recorded the majority of his debut at his own home studio in 2011.He was helped by drummer Nikos Miros and Verbal Delirium's leader Jargon on piano in one track, while the rest of instruments and voices are his responsibility.''The Fall of Bliss'' was eventually released in summer 2011, featuring the beautiful art paintings of Dimitra Papadimitriou.

Dark and somber lyrical Progressive/Art Rock is the proposal of Nikitas Kissonas and what the man actually does is perform the specific style in an inspiring way.''The Fall of Bliss'' is an album full of melancholic touches and haunting atmospheres, based on the sharp electric guitar and bass lines, the careful keyboard parts and the unique vocals of Kissonas, who's voice is decent and extremely poetic in the higher notes.Low-tempo, almost doomy tracks with a spectrum of different moods, ranging from flat vocal-led textures to dark instrumentals and back.The music though is even more varied.Lots of piano interludes, deep and intense organ, crushing guitars with even a metallic edge and some pounding bass work result a rich style.And there is also a good dose of orchestral themes and acoustic moments to make this even more diverse while helping the constant drift of changing climates.The sound is supported by discreet choirs and some light electronics and if you are really into the darker side of Progressive Rock these extremely well-executed soundscapes are sure to reward you.

Waiting for a Greek trully Progressive Rock release is often kind of gratuitous, but works like this one make the waiting a really pleasant feeling.A great addition for all fans of contemporary, lyrical and atmospheric Progressive Rock...3.5 stars.

Review by lazland
3 stars As other reviewers' have pointed out, Greece is not exactly awash with progressive rock bands, which is somewhat surprising given the success of Vangelis (yes, I do regard him as prog) over the years.

This release, The Fall Of Bliss, is the brainchild of one Nikitas Kissonas, who plays all instruments, barring drums, which feature the talents of Nikas Miros, who is a talent for sure. As with all albums by multi-instrumentalists, the first stopping point in any listen and appreciation is whether said artist is up to the mark, because, in general terms, it is fair to say that most musicians tend to specialise, and specialise well, in a chosen field.

Well, I am happy to report that Nikitas more than measures up in this field. No, he is no Mike Oldfield (I doubt he would welcome such a comparison, actually), but what he has given us here is an album that is not only very well produced, but played with consummate skill, especially the guitar and bass work, in my opinion.

About my only real gripe is the vocals. They are not uniformly poor, far from it, but, at times, they are not as effective or strong as the music which accompanies them, and I would hope that Nikitas might consider bringing in a more seasoned vocalist for any future project.

The album brings with it a wide variety of styles and tastes, and is an enjoyable journey for it. Influences include clear Porcupine Tree references, some wonderful jazzy eclectic turns, and the type of melodic symphonic prog that I have always enjoyed. My personal highlight of the album is the fourth track, Lines On A Bust, which is simply sumptuous musically, with a delicate piano leading us into the track, whilst the vocals do rather shine here (in spite of my earlier comments), and the whole effect is rather haunting, and will deeply appeal to those here who appreciate some of the more intelligent post romantic music.

The main event is the title track itself, which is split into four movements. The opener is a gentle acoustic guitar piece, with birdsong accompanying. What follows is, in the main, rather brooding, but never less than engaging, with an eclectic array of moods and sounds, verging from the primitively heavy to rather gorgeous. I just love the orchestral pieces during the third movement.

All in all, this is a very satisfying piece of work which, whilst not setting the world alight, is very much, in my opinion, a solid base from which this clearly talented artist can move forward and build on in future releases.

Three stars for this. A very good album which I have no hesitation in recommending to those who are on the lookout for new talent and something a little bit different.

My thanks to Nikitas for sending me the cd to review.

Review by zravkapt
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Methexis is the project of Greek musician Nikitas Kissonas, who wrote all the music and plays all the instruments except drums (and piano on one song). So that means he plays all the guitars and electric keyboards and does all the programming. The music here sounds like modern symphonic prog with a strong dose of prog metal and maybe a little bit of the more experimental and avant prog. Nikitas also does all the vocals (sometimes double-tracking and/or overdubbing himself). He has a varied vocal style, changing sometimes within the same song.

"Eradicated Will" begins the album based around catchy yet proggy guitar lines and vocals. This almost has a country music vibe to it. The 'chorus' parts sound almost prog metal. Nice guitar solo in a Gilmour/Hackett/Latimer style. I like how the keyboard sounds gradually get more prominent in the mix. "Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" reminds me of 70s symph prog yet doesn't sound derivitive. The overdubbed vocal harmonies almost sound like Yes. Some nifty keyboard work in this song. Love the instrumental section which leads up to a classic symph prog style synth solo.

"Those Howling Wolves" features Nikatas singing in an almost Hammill style before switching to a more harmonized, Genesis style of singing. He is backed by some electronic beats and programming. Besides that there is electric piano and synthetic choir sounds...just ethereal synth sounds in general. The Genesis-y 'chorus' parts have acoustic guitars. Eventually 'real' drums show up and then organ sounds before eventually returning to the original part with a nice jazzy guitar solo. Drums come back and we get a symph prog/prog metal guitar solo. "Lines On A Bust" is a nice piano and vocal song. I generally don't like these kind of songs, prefering acoustic guitar-and-vocals only songs. I feel this would be better with the full band treatment.

In complete contrast, "Track The Saviours" is straight up prog metal. I wouldn't want the whole album to sound like this but this track is a nice break. Not only the music but the vocals are delivered in a very prog metal way. Even the guitar solo features finger-tapping. One of the standout tracks. "The Aftermath" starts out with acoustic guitar and Hammill like vocals. Then symphonic keyboard sounds and a more melodic style of singing. The two parts alternate. Later some Mellotron sounds on an old scratchy record (at least that's what its supposed to sound like). That stops and the song comes back before being forced to end by a needle scratching across the vinyl.

The last four tracks comprise the epic title track. "Intro" is bird sounds and classical style acoustic guitar. "Part 1" opens on a dark and sinister note. Some prog metal before it switches to non-prog metal-prog with a great syncopated beat, acoustic guitar soloing and symphonic synth sounds. Later a more straight-forward beat with snare rim hitting. Then a glockenspiel or toy piano or similar before more Hammill like vocals appear. Some synthetic choir sounds and backwards talking at one point with some great church organ sound. Gradually an instrumental section with some cool keyboard and guitar work. Have to mention the bass work-subtle but effective.

"Interlude" has some Mellotron flute sounds mixed with harmonized humming, and another wind instrument sound. Then a string synth drone before a capella vocals reprises "Part 1" Then more keyboard sounds join in as a guitar solos. Then the rhythm section kicks in and it's prog metal time. Ends all nice and pretty again. "Part 2" starts off similar to "Part 1" Eventually goes into a groove with a nice long guitar solo. You can hear a crowd chanting throughout off and on; the album ends fading out the crowd which begins to applaud. I would like to applaud Mr. Kissonas for making such a fine album.

This is generally modern day symph prog, but it doesn't sound like a lot of the other slick retro stuff out there. I've found that a lot of today's self-released/independently released music sounds better than a lot of the more major label stuff: more dynamics and less compressed sounding. This album is no exception. The CD release is a nice digipak with an illustrated booklet. The actual CD is meant to look like vinyl with the grooves for each song (I have yet to actually play it on a turntable to see if it works). Overall, a great release. Recommended to those symph fans who want something a little more modern sounding, or prog metal fans who want something a little less heavy. 4 stars.

Review by tszirmay
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Greek musician Nikitas Kassinas is one crafty fellow, there should be no doubt whatsoever , one of those talented multi-instrumentalists who lovingly prepare a private album and then does his best to distribute it to the prog community, in this case straight to PA reviewers, in order to generate a buzz. Good on you, my Hellenic friend! That kind of chutzpah is rare in the Internet age.

From the outset, it is clear as a pane of glass that this is a personal testament, as befits the opener, 'Eradicated Will', a get-go that surprises, intrigues and at times, bewitches. After an initial squirrely intro, the bass driven central core is garnished by a petulant guitar solo, expertly guided by solid drumming. This is stunning and grandiose, the choir keys adding immense depth to the arrangement, giving it a heavy feel, ominous and menacing. It pools in utter serenity, the air exhaled. An excellent beginning, I find myself very surprised indeed!

Slight change of pace on the melancholic 'Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes' has a distinct series of flavorings, some Yes interspersed with Canterbury (vocal work), sprinklings of some Gentle Giant, all tagged with a big zombie woof bass. The mood is highly original and ultimately exalting, especially instrumentally, where Nikitas shines on keys, axes, and that darn bass guitar. Pantagruel would be flush with envy!

'Those Howling Wolves' has whispered and accented vocals, a hint of faux-jazz barroom microphone molestation. But the musical intersections are preposterous, short blasts of space synths blaring in the cosmic air. Then back to the spooky vocals like a prog Bauhaus, with some pastoral obsessions for effect, kind of cool and bizarre in some indescribable way! When things get louder, the mood shifts into an anthem 'like subdivision, where some jazzy guitar noodlings confirm the smoky saloon scenario. A frightening electric lead then spurts out of nowhere, cruising madly like some tortured missile from hell. Exalted words put this one to bed. How romantic! Waiter, another bottle of ouzo, para kalo!

'Lines On a Dust' soothingly mesmerizes on voice and piano, very graceful and heartrending, again showing traits that go way beyond the usual norm. Kudos for the effort, a short sweet gem.

'Track the Saviors' rifles off a vulgar bass salvo that devastates everything in its passage, the drums clobber wildly, guitar thrashing and the Gentle Giant vocalizations are back. This almost Queen-like heavy, melodramatic even operatic at times, the analogy quite appropriate. Have to mention drummer Nikos Miras who is deadly efficient. Wow!

'The Aftermath' is my only foible on the set list, a slight too murky for my tastes, slightly askance from all the other material and it does little for me. The occasionally croaked vocals kind of bug me but his softer register is fine. A crackling effect-laden mid-section fails to enlighten the proceedings.

To close off the premiere, a 4 part epic 'The Fall of Bliss' is created to underline the progginess of the work, and as such, does not fail to impress. Birds chirping and acoustic guitars in perfect harmony is how the intro inspires. Part 1 becomes vaporous and foreboding, and it does take long for the rifferama to appear out of the thundering mist, Miras keeping things very tight (a revelation, actually), directing huge choir sways and intense strangeness. 'Twilight Zone' style vibraphone motifs unsettle and confuse. Odd time meters abound, yet the beat is uncomplicated and straightforward.

Nikitas is on the right path with some genuinely original instrumental ideas but his croaky vocals contrast too sharply with his exalted ones. He needs to work more diligently on the microphone or he may turn off a few fans, vocals often being the 'Achilles heel" (yeah, Greek mythology is everywhere!) of progressive rock. . I hence agree with my esteemed colleague lazland , once again he is spot on.

4 Doric columns

Review by thellama73
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
3 stars It's always a treat to hear prog from countries that don't necessarily specialize in it. You're sure to get a unique perspective on the genre and hear something new. The Fall of Bliss certainly has it's own tone and point of view, probably due to the fact that it was all written and performed, with the exception of a couple of guest spots, by one man.

Although Methexis is not metal by any means, it is unmistakably modern and you can hear the influence of many a prog metal band. The vocals in particular remind me of Shadow Gallery a great deal. Stylistically, however, the record is more akin to modern symphonic bands and retains a somewhat gentle and colorful tone throughout.

The playing is uniformly good on all instruments, and the songwriting shows many inventive little twists and turns, including odd time signatures and interesting rhythmic touches. That English is not the artists first language is clear, but like many Prog fans I have never been too hung up on lyrics, preferring vocals to be a coloring effect to the music rather than as the driving message of a song.

The Fall of Bliss is Methexis' first album, and at times that shows. While the production is pristine, I feel the album suffers from a general lack of energy. For example, the second song "Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" could be immensely benefited by increasing the tempo by 10% or so. As it is, one can't help getting a sense of lethargy from the album. At times, such as on the melancholy "Lines on a Bust" this is appropriate. But at other points the music feels like it wants to take off but is held back by a computer generated click track.

The Fall of Bliss is a competent and enjoyable first step for an intriguing new artist. It will be interesting to see how his abilities develop over time and whether his second album exceeds the bar set by this one.

Review by Matti
3 stars Methexis is a one-man product (with just a little help from others, e.g. a drummer) by the Greek musician Nikitas Kissonas. Well, these facts have been already repeated many times, I'll concentrate in my reception of the music itself! It may not represent my ideal prog rock for all of its parts, but at least I'm impressed by the high technical level. The nearly 9-minute opener - that can be heard on Methexis' home page - gives quite an accurate picture, this is rather dark-mooded and approaching Heavy Prog / Prog Metal. That's not the genre I'm very familiar with, so my comparisons come from more mainstream prog. I think GENTLE GIANT could be one classic band Kissonas has listened to, and from the later bands I'd bet on some American and Swedish eclectic proggers such as SPOCK'S BEARD, ECHOLYN or BEARDFISH, in addition to the heavier side of prog (ANATHEMA is mentioned here).

The second track 'Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes' has some Gentle Giant -vibe, then the third one, the creepy 'Those Howling Wolves' brings some of PORCUPINE TREE's mellower tracks to mind. Kissonas favours slow, stretched vocal lines, and frankly later on it gets a bit to my nerves, that doomy line-by-line preaching, for example in the 4-part title track: "Join hands / join minds / join hearts / free you sight / burn the flags" etc. and similarly later on: "Leave your house / leave your job / leave your needs / leave your clones / we are one / common breath / we're the whole". I'm not very fond of his vocals, but he does that job pretty well too, in addition to his impressive multi-instrumentalism (guitars, bass, mandolin, keys, programming). My favourite track is the melancholic and delicate piano-based 'Lines on a Bust' (piano played by someone called Jargon).

'Track the Saviours' is heavy and fast, obviously my least fave here. 'The Aftermath' is again slow and doom-spirited but nicely very delicate in arrangement, using mostly just acoustic guitar plus strings-reminding keys (mellotron?). Could ANEKDOTEN be an accurate comparison? The roughly 21-minute title epic has definitive highlights of the album. The short instrumental 'Intro' has some bird-singing and beautiful acoustic guitar, reminding of STEVE HACKETT. 'Part 1' (8:20) is an eclectic composition with many changes in tempo, and a large scale of dynamics. I always like it when the atmosphere is being created by minimal layers of sounds, but on the other hand the vocal parts here are among the most irritating as I said.

But despite some parts I dislike, I can say that listening to the whole album is clearly on the positive side, and the 51 minutes (I lessened the four minutes of 'Track the Saviours' that I skip) seem to go surprisingly fast, even though I'm a bit unhappy with how the epic evolves and ends. With more instrumental portions this would have been better to my ears. But anyway, a very good effort. Kissonas has clearly given his all into this project. Best of luck for future projects!

Review by kev rowland
4 stars When I was approached by Nikitas Kissonas to review this album, I wasn't really sure what to expect. I mean, firstly he is from Greece which is not a country normally associated with progressive rock music (with Vangelis and Aphrodite's Child being obvious exceptions) and secondly this is a solo album in the truest sense of the word with only one other musician, Nikos Miras who provides drums with Nikitas doing everything else. He told me that he decided to release it himself as either the labels weren't interested in him, or eventually he wasn't interested in them as he wanted to have complete control himself, so I was intrigued to hear the end result.

Then one day an envelope arrived, and I certainly wasn't expecting to open it and find a digipak and booklet filled with great artwork (care of Dmitra Papadimitriou who definitely deserves a namecheck), with all of the lyrics etc. It certainly doesn't seem like a one-man effort, and the music definitely reinforces that. Nikitas used to be a member of Verbal Delirium and is currently a member of the Greek conceptual avant garde performance band Yianneis and it was following the release of their debut album that he locked himself in the studio to start work on this which he describes as symphonic-progressive.

It is an album of great depth and complexity, with lots going on. At times it is over the top and in your face while at others there is a real feeling of space with just gentle instrumentation. The use of 'real' drums definitely enhances the feel, and there is a controlled dark emotion that pervades the music as a separate layer, and the vocals are sometimes delicate and almost whispered and at others they are passionate and fraught. The combination of fragile vocals and delicate piano at the beginning of 'Lines on a Bust' are Hogarth-era Marillion at its' best, but for the most part the one band that appears to have influenced Nikitas more than any other is probably Discipline, and any fan of their incredible music will definitely appreciate this album.

It is an incredible piece of work, even more so as it is just one person creating this world, and I believe that the next album will be more of a band piece, but in the meantime this is highly recommended for all progheads.

Review by VanVanVan
5 stars I am always tremendously impressed by albums which are by and large the work of a single person. It is often unfathomable to me that one person can be talented enough to not only write a complete progressive rock album but also perform the entire thing.

Well, add Nikitas Kissonas the list of those who have pulled it off, and maybe make a new list for those who have pulled it off with such flying colors. The Fall of Bliss is an absolute stunner of an album, finding common ground with many other progressive rock bands while simultaneously finding its own niche and excelling there.

I think that, in an alternate universe, Storm Corrosion could have come out sounding a lot like this album, and I absolutely mean that as a compliment. From the very first twanging notes of "Eradicated Will," I can hear a lot of both Steven Wilson and Mikael Akerfeldt's softer moments in this music, and, quite frankly, you can't do much better than to be compared to those two.

I certainly don't mean to suggest that this is anything other than extremely fresh, original music, though. The Fall of Bliss is one of those albums that seems at the same time familiar and completely unique, and it's never content to sit for too long in the same place. Even within the first track the music goes from lilting, off-kilter vocal harmonies to epic guitar solos to climactically heavy motifs and back again, and never once does it feel forced or disjointed.

With such a satisfying opener there might be some worry that the album is bound to go downhill, but fortunately it doesn't. "Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" makes perfect use of gorgeous vocal harmonies to create music that is simultaneously epic and extremely relaxing. "Those Howling Wolves" drops into a darker, more sinister vein, and yet, like magic, it still manages to keep the album's chilled-out, atmospheric, almost breezy feel going. It's simply stunning.

"Lines on a Bust" comes next, and I think it would have fit very well on Pain of Salvation's Be. Gorgeous piano and high vocals create an incredibly emotional atmosphere that bring the listener into a very relaxed place before metaphorically smacking them over the head with the relative heaviness of "Track the Saviours." "The Aftermath" reminds me very strongly of Opeth's quieter moments circa Watershed, with beautifully, slightly atonal guitars and a very effective symphonic interlude, complete with simulated vinyl cracks and pops.

And then, of course, we have the wonderful four-part title track to close out the album. From the delicately beautiful intro, replete with sampled birdsong to the noisy, crashing conclusion, the track(s) is (are?) a trip for the duration of their combined run time of more than 20 minutes. A multitude of atmospheric sonic textures and wonderful instrumental interplay take the track from the relaxing motifs that have dominated the album to more intense and climactic themes, the latter figuring especially prominently in Part 2. The Interlude, too, I feel deserves special praise, featuring some of the most beautiful music on the album and of course transitioning very well between the more relaxed Part 1 and the more intense Part 2.

Overall, The Fall of Bliss is one of the most impressive albums I've heard this year, especially considering that it essentially a solo project. Fans of Storm Corrosion should find a whole lot to like hear, as will anyone who's ever listened to a progressive metal album and thought that the softer, more atmospheric bits were the best parts. A killer album overall and one that has one of the most impressive ambiences I've heard in a long while.

4.5/5, rounded up

Review by Andy Webb
4 stars As the musical world becomes ever more connected, I find it odd that the prevalence of one- man bands seems to be on the rise. Bedroom producers, as they have been termed, have popped up in a vast array of musical circles, with the most well-known of them most likely being the experimental metal mastermind Ben Sharp in the form of Cloudkicker. Here, however, we have the Greek offering of Nikitas Kissonas in the form of Methexis. A lover of eclectic and progressive music, the album, titled 'The Fall of Bliss,' takes influence from a vast array of modern rock and classic prog bands, making a delicacy of new sounds and styles.

'The Fall of Bliss' is an interesting dish. Full of dark, brooding melodies, the music wavers in and out of a classic prog flourishes and modern indie rock and even hard rock passages that really accentuate the novelty of the music. From the well-placed riffing in 'Eradicated World' to the gentle yet dark indie acoustic style of 'The Aftermath,' the album has just about all that you'd like in a fresh modern prog debut, including a 20-plus-minute titular epic. Clever lyrics explore themes of societal confusion, a changing world, and other dynamic concepts. Kissonas, who handles all instruments except drums and piano on 'Lines on a Dust,' does a fantastic job at crafting a delicate and powerful atmosphere by pairing emotive vocals with precise guitar lines and spurts of tactful keyboards, ranging from Hammond to Rhodes.

While some musical parts seem a bit out of place, like the melodic progression in 'Track the Saviours,' which jumps between falsetto and whispered vocal lines between oddly balanced pop metal riffs, the album as a whole holds together excellently both thematically and musically. The balance between heavy bits and light bits make for an incredibly well balanced album, especially for a one-man debut. Mature song-writing and instrumentation run amuck, and classical arrangements, such as the a cappella arrangement opening 'Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes' or the acoustic guitar arrangement in the intro to 'The Fall of Bliss,' add a wonderful flair to an otherwise great sound.

I was pleasantly surprised by this album. The promotional aspect of this album came right around the time that a number of other bands were flying their band's banner high and begging for reviews, so I was skeptical about this little Greek project. On my first listen, the dark and rough tone of the music threw me off a bit, but after only a few listens the genius of the compositions, tone, and dynamics began to sink in. Kissonas has significant musical prowess, and whatever work he does in the future is sure to gain significant attention. 4 stars.

Review by b_olariu
2 stars Methexis from Greece is one man project aka Nikitas Kissonas with some help of a drumer. He released in 2011 the first offer named The fall of bliss. Well, I didn't know what to expect from this band and album when first aproach it and expectations were not high, really. It turning to be so, because this type of so called prog these days is not for me, I mean I never liked Poercupine Tree or Anathema , and here we get a lor from those two bands, so the result is simply and concise, I don't like this album almost at all. I have nothing against this band or musician but the music offered by Methexis to my ears is almost boring with little spectacular moments. I sure appreciated the hard work this guy put on, specially when is almost one man project , with a little help from a drumer. No piece is specificaly in front or better one to other. To much mellow passages and indie rock in atmosphere that remind me of PT a lot. So I will be drastic this time and sorry for that but is impossible for me, 2.5 stars to this one, I don't get the hype of this band has got around and how the hell someone can give 5 stars to this one, is beyond me.
Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams
3 stars Well played and produced, this album has a dark mood which reminds me to the work of the Argentinian Alejandro Matos. Both Methexis (Nikitas Kissonas) and Matos are multi- instrumentists and one-man projects. The vocals are the most different thing: Kissonas has a big vocal extension from falsetto to baritone and is sometimes able of very powerful notes.

"Eradicated Will" is the longest and one of the easiest tracks of the album. A good introduction which hides some of the darkness to come. The melody is Crimsonian and the baritone pitch gives it a Canterbury flavor, but the interludes on which the guitar is more powerful and the vocal chorus move the ambient to the post-rock area. An artsy thing in any case, but not too challenging. Of course one has to be in the right mood for it. The guitar solo that comes after a slow dark passage is one of the best things of the whole album, but it''s clear that guitar is the main instrument for Kissonas, or at least it seems so to me. Let me just add that before getting into this album I needed several listens, more than usual.

"Poetic Mirrors Wound Heroes" has a lazy start and an unusual signature. Again, I hear a hint of Canterbury, just in little things like few piano notes before the singing starts in example. The vocals here are (not too) high pitched and recorded twice and overlapped to form a jazzy choir. The keyboard riff is good and I like imagining Robert Wyatt's voice singing on it.

"Those Howling Wolves" starts low-volume and with low-pitched vocals. The idea of howling comes from a keyboard sound which seems taken from horror movies of the 60s. The base is provided by an electric piano. Piano is the base for "Lines On A Bust". The song is good and more melodic than the preceeding one, but two consecutive so slow songs should not be placed in this order. Taken alone this is an excellent song. Jazzy in some parts, reminding of Greg Lake in some other, especially when piano and vocals perform a short crescendo to end the song on a very high note that''s almost a scream. Now some rock.

"Track The Saviours" could be called Heavy Prog or even Prog-Metal, but the melody is more challenging than one could expect. We can consider it split in two: a metal part and a chorus which seems taken from Soft Machine (in terms of mood). Nice but not easy, as the two parts are very different. The good is that there are no sudden changes and everything flows smoothly.

On "The Aftermath" the melody is quite challenging and the vocals are again low-pitched. I have the impression of a kind of reprise from the first track...some circularity.

The title track intro, which lasts less than two minutes, is just a short piece of classical guitar. Good but not special. The birds behind can''t lighten the general darkness, but it''s a good listen. It proceeds with "Part 1". The hard guitar explosion after the calm start makes me think to Sysiphus Part 4 (Ummagumma), then what follows is a sequence of distorted harmonies which are very dark and sad. Neither the good acoustic guitar riff can make a smile rise. The Interlude is very classically oriented, at least in the starting phase. This is I think the proper song. On the album it''s defined as instrumental, but there''s a sang chorus which is then reprised on Part II. This "interlude" features another very good guitar riff. Even though still very dark, this is one of the most accessible tracks. "Part II" closes this mini-suite in the darkest possible way. The heavy guitar makes me think even to Kayo Dot and the vocal''s melody is even grotesque. Join minds Join hearts Free your sight It looks like a positive message, but listen to how it''s screamed into the dark. It's a good album which I could rate 3.5. This time I want to round it down because I think Kissonas shows his capacities and potential here, and has the possibility of improving a lot with his next release. You can order it from bandcamp as "name your price" with a minimum of 10 dollars. The package contains some painting drawn by the painter Dimitra Papadimitriou as well as the album cover is.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Greek project METHEXIS is the creative vehicle of Nikitas Kissonas (formerly of Verbal Delirium), and "The Fall of Bliss" is his first ever solo production. The album was issued in 2011, and is a self released production.

As far as debut albums go, Methexis' one is of the kind I'd describe as an uneven experience. He's got many fine ideas going, he's rather creative in his endeavors too, but the compositions appears as somewhat underdeveloped to me. Alternating between being too repetitive in some cases, trying to fit too much into the individual compositions in others, and a few cases of basically being somewhat strange. Not a bad album as such mind you, but a production that will have a niche appeal rather than a broad one presumably.

A typical case of what I'd describe as a strange track appears in the shape of Track the Saviours. Opening with a compelling and energetic bass and drums based theme expanded with suitable dark toned guitars, which then shifts to a weird staccato start and stop riff and vocals dominated sequence that use some sort of new wave inspired melodic interlude in between the verse parts. The compelling opening theme is revisited later on, but it's the verse and chorus parts that follows the introduction that will make this piece one with a limited niche appeal.

The following piece The Aftermath is another item that won't have a universal appeal as far as I can tell, the dark, theatrical vocals employed here an acquired taste if anything, and the manner in which this otherwise careful acoustic guitar and keyboard textured construction have been assembled is another instance of a unique and somewhat strange construction.

The four part suite The Fall of Bliss, which ends this disc, is a creation somewhat easier to listen to, but again sporting some unique touches that will see this dark and brooding composition to be a creation that will have a somewhat limited appeal I'd guess. Each of the different parts focusing on a rather different expression altogether, and concluding with a 6 minute long stretch of fairly depressive and brooding variety of progressive rock.

Personally I found the piano ballad Lines on a Bust to be a highlight, sporting intense vocals on top of a slightly jazz-oriented piano motif, and opening track Eradicated Will with it's gentle acoustic guitar driven movements alternating with darker toned, riff driven ones another fine piece of fairly engaging progressive rock.

If you have a taste for artists opting for a somewhat unique and fairly dark and theatrical expression, utilizing a sonic palette that stretch from careful jazz-oriented excursions to brooding harder edged progressive rock, then this initial effort by Greek project Methexis is one that probably warrants an inspection. Especially if you're fond of productions of a kind and character that needs to be listened through some times before their strengths will be revealed.

Review by aapatsos
3 stars Unfinished business?

In between the releases of Verbal Delirium (now ex-group of) Nikitas Kissonas self-produced and released ''The Fall of Bliss'' via the Methexis moniker. Coming in a nice digipak with some absurd, dark but beautiful artwork, the package seems ready to intrigue from the first moment.

Nikitas uses some really unconventional melodies and musical scales to dress his first album. The influences here range from majestic Greek music composers (Xarhakos) and dark heavy progressive themes in the vein of Porcupine Tree to purely eclectic prog structures reminding of Beardfish and Gentle Giant. All this is covered with an avant-garde artistic aesthetic and a veil of mystery and theatrical elements, especially boosted by the many acoustic guitars. Not sure if Devil Doll are within Nikita's influences but they tend to come to mind at times. The general tempo is slow, dark and quirky but occasional blasts are not absent (Track the Saviours).

For a home production this release sounds exceptionally professional and the overall musicianship is far from average. The selective use of mandolin definitely strikes a chord and the "clean", polished production is a definite plus. I was not blown away by the vocal sections, nevertheless matching the overall quirky atmosphere, which I feel could do with some improvement, but can not deny Kissona's proficiency in the rest of the instruments. The ideas, although carefully "studied", are a mixed bag, ranging from the indifferent to the majestic. Where a composition appears to have dwindled away, there comes a moment of grandeur and lifts it up but the opposite can happen, leading to an undeniably intriguing listen.

In this case, the term "crossover" can be quite misguiding as I feel this album might appeal more to those with an eclectic taste for unconventional melodies. Not exactly my cup of tea, but with a potential to surprise, "The Fall of Bliss" is a promising start for Methexis.

Many thanks go to Nikitas for sending the album to review.

Review by jampa17
4 stars Dark, deep and obscure. That's the words I choose to describe this strange and beautiful piece of music.

Methexis is a solo project by multi-instrumentalist Nikitas Kissonas. It's frequent to find crossover prog projects that are slow paced and dark. That's the case with this particular album. It consists in 7 obscure songs focused on guitar harmonies and retro-style keyboards setting the tone and dark environment to the low heavy vocals.

What you will find are really great moody songs, slow paced and dark. The harmonies are great and it might be tough for a casual listener to keep the track, especially because the vocals, that aren't that commercial or catchy. But the album definitely grows with the time, the songs are strong and interesting enough to keep you wondering about it.

I think that it's easier to dive in the music in a cloudy lazy afternoon or when you are depressed. You will love the experience. The physical copy of the album is really nice because of the art that enforces the mood and the tone of the album.

To make it brief, think of Neal Morse's music, only without the bombastic "good" vibe. This is more obscure and depressive. Which is great.

I find it pleasing to hear it from time to time. I really hope Nikitas keep the track and bring out more music like this. Crossover prog has a lot to offer to the world and Methexis is a pleasing discovery for me. Four strong stars after several months of constant spinning. Highly recommended.

Review by bhikkhu
4 stars One of my goals has always been to favor promotion of more obscure artists over those that get vast amounts of publicity. That is why I am grateful for the willingness of people like Nikitas Kissonas to make direct contact. It is guarantee not every CD sent is going to be gem. So far the majority has turned out to be something worth talking about, like Methexis.

Nikitas has been contributing to the progosphere as a member of Verbal Delerium. Even though two additional musicians do appear on 'The Fall of Bliss,' Methexis is essentially Nikitas Kissonas on his own. Music originating in Greece is also a point interest. Outside of the classic Aphrodite's Child you don't hear much about Greek prog. An accent in the vocal and geography however are all that reflect the country of origin.

Dark, gloomy and undeniably infectious, 'The Fall of Bliss' owes to the classic sound but rests more comfortably in the modern realm. The strongest influence heard may be Discipline/Matthew Parmenter. Certainly Nikitas must be a fan of the vocal style, especially in the more seething passages. The symphonic title suite holds its own identity but travels in somewhat familiar territory. The first few tracks are where something a bit more unique takes place. Imagine once again the aforementioned influences and apply them on a jazz foundation. Disillusioned singers are not exactly scarce but how often do you have a jazzy little shuffle to go along with the depression? Not enough for you? Try some Manhattan Transfer-esque harmonies just for good measure. Throw in grooves, well placed keyboards, a hint of psychedelia, quality composition, excellent guitar work and Methexis is off and running. Of course because this is modern prog the obligatory metal licks are included as well.

I knew the music would be worth checking out after hearing the website samples. The unexpected part was finding how much I liked 'The Fall of Bliss' once the disc was in hand. Nikitas Kissonas is a talented musician and composer. But talent does not always translate into anything people want to hear. Methexis is a project with great appeal. Well, let me qualify that last statement. If you only like sunny happy tunes perhaps you might want to pass. I am a positive person, but good music is good music. I'll take it in any mood. The effective blending of styles and top-notch musicianship are what makes the aficionado take notice. The alluring song craft is what keeps you coming back.

'The Fall of Bliss' was released in 2011, but I was only recently introduced. I certainly hope this project and its creator continue to make compelling music. As the rant frequently pops up in my ramblings, prog must progress. Nikitas Kissonas is doing his part and deserves support.

H.T. Riekels

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