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ART OF SIMPLICITY

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ART OF SIMPLICITY were formed in 2003 when Matthew DAKOUTROS,former violinist for Greek prog metal band WASTEFALL, hooked up with George IKOSIPENTAKIS,former vocalist for another Greek prog metal band named FRAGILE VASTNESS.They then recruited the rest of the band: Elias NOUSIS (keyboards), Aris MARKOGIANNAKIS (guitars), Alexandros PAPANASTASATOS (bass) and Nick MIRAS (drums).

Once all the members were finally gathered together in 2005 ART OF SIMPLICITY recorded and released their self-finaced demo cd ''Asymmetric''.The demo received positive feedback from the press and was awarded "Demo of the Month" in the Greek magazine Metal Hammer.

Between 2005 and 2006 ART OF SIMPLICTY completed the recording and production on their first full-length album ''Caught in this Iless Storm''. The band then signed a contract with the Greek independent label Burning Star Records and their debut album was released in 2007. In February of 2007 guitarist MARKOGIANNAKIS left the band for unspecified reasons and ART OF SIMPLICITY is currently looking for his replacement.

ART OF SIMPLICITY play prog metal in the same vein as PAIN OF SALVATION and their former bands WASTEFALL and FRAGILE VASTNESS. Highly recommended.

Update:
In 2016, AoS return with their mini album ''When Fables Have a Bitter Taste'' with an updated line-up: DAKOUTROS and MIRAS are the only two remaining, joined by Chris KOUNELIS (Vocals), Dim KOSKINAS (Guitars) and George PAGIDAS (Bass Guitar).

It is a concept mini album about childhood trauma and unreached expectations, showing a much different approach as seen in their debut. The release contains 6 tracks and runs for about 35 minutes, was mixed and mastered by Yiannis Fasoulakis at Uprising Studios, while the artwork was created by George Chras. It is scheduled to be released digitaly on the 23d of October through the band's bandcamp page, while a physical release is not far behind.




Discography:
Asymmetric,demo (2005)
Caught in this Iless Storm, studio album (2007)
When Fables Have a Bitter Taste, studio album (2016)

Original bio by TheProgtologist, updated by aapatsos with information from the band

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2.44 | 6 ratings
Caught In This Iless Storm
2007

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Asymmetric
2005
4.08 | 3 ratings
When Fables have a Bitter Taste
2016

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4.08 | 3 ratings

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When Fables have a Bitter Taste
Art of Simplicity Progressive Metal

Review by torvald

4 stars And here after a really long break we finally have yet another very interesting addition not only to the discography of this most individual of bands, but also to the burgeoning greek metal scene as a whole, that against all the odds has gone from secret strength to secret strength all these years, despite the detrimental effects the political and economic crisis in the country has wrought upon every possible artistic endeavor.

Art of Simplicity started out as early as 2003 by core members George Ikosipentakis on vocals and classical violinist Matthew Dakoutros, who each in their own way provided the band with its most particular and idiosyncratic flair. After a most promising debut album in 2007 that provided them with a small, but dedicated cult following and a subsequently long period of regrouping, parallel projects and member changes that have left only Dakoutros and drummer Nick Miras from the early days in place, the band now returns almost a decade later with a mini album lasting about 35' , featuring 6 mostly lengthy tracks and a conceptual thread underscoring them all that revolves around childhood trauma and stifled expectations.

Each track has a distinct flavor and displays such a diverse and ever shifting range of styles, that make instantly evident how wide and eclectic the taste and influences of the band itself are. Even if many instantly compared initial recordings to a staple band such as Pain of Salvation in sound (an already anything but minor feat), this release truly seems to have surpassed such single reference points and reveals new perspectives and sideway glances into the whole modern history of metal that continually keep the listener on his toes.

It is hard to sum up the impressions one gets upon initially listening to this record, but to my ears it proved a most rare and eclectic blend of musical styles and generic disruptions, rendering it an instant sui generis creation above and beyond any one starting point.

Whether dealing in doomy, ethereal passages that bring to mind early Anathema, jaunty, disjointed rhythms with interspersed electronic elements reminiscent of the more twisted moments of Arcturus' masterworks, ambient stylings and guitar solos that would not be out of place on any Steven Wilson release, progressive musical structures reminiscent both of the afforementioned POS but also many other bands on the more creative and moody end of progressive metal, all mixed with sorrowful or spirited signature violin solos that somehow took this particular listener straight back to vintage My Dying Bride in their prime(unfortunately for an insatiable violin lover like me though,never quite enough!), the songs never cease to throw new surprises into its' audience's ear or become predictable in any way.

To top everything off we have such a wide range of vocal styles from the band's new singer Chris Kounelis, only the afforementioned Arcturus or even more avant garde ventures such as Kayo Dot could ever compete with. Going from soft and sensuous one moment, to doom drones and slurs the next, multiple more powerful operatic climaxes interspersed with choral outbursts, electonically distorted soliloquies and the occasional death growl for good measure, the songs never seem to settle in any one particular mode,but provide one with a perpetually mobile musical landscape that only truly reveals its patterns and purpose upon repeat listens.

Featuring excellent production and a most evident evolution in both style and substance from their initial releases, "When fables have a bitter taste" manages to take anyone who gives it its alotted time, on a most fascinating and atmospheric journey. One can only hope that this band will find the time and opportunities to continue refining its truly unique style in subsequent releases and be given the recognition they should. As of now, it is certainly most sorely deserved.

 Caught In This Iless Storm by ART OF SIMPLICITY album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.44 | 6 ratings

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Art of Simplicity Progressive Metal

Review by apps79
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2 stars Copying a band isn't a ggod thing at all and it isn't progressive for sure...ART OF SIMPLICITY love PAIN OF SALVATION and it is obvious...Couple of tracks of the album-which are not accidentally the best ones, without being something special- could easily be in a PAIN OF SALVATION single or EP,they don't only sound similar with the swedish band,they sound exactly the same...not so original...In the other tracks the band tries to sound more progressive and original,but they lack in terms of composition and vocal arrangements,the second one being the most important problem for the greek bands along with the accent and the production...But there are some highlights too like the last track (excellent instrumental) and the good use of the violin...Recommended for die hard PAIN OF SALVATION fans and someone who wants to broaden his prog metal collection...not my cup of tea...
 Caught In This Iless Storm by ART OF SIMPLICITY album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Art of Simplicity Progressive Metal

Review by Benjamin_Breeg

3 stars One this is for sure here: These guys listened to a lot of Pain of Salvation before recording this album! The influence of the swedish band in their composition and music styling is easily figured out. Flowing melodies with complex rhythms is one of the things you can see in both. And sometimes we can see spoken parts just like we find in every PoS album. What i liked in this band, is exactly this Pain of Salvationism, the will to make different music, to experiment, to break the paradigms of the musical scene. This is one of the bands that make me believe that progressive music in general but, more specificaly, Progressive Metal is still in process of evolution and it will achieve a higher status year after year. Still the recording of the album is not luxurious, it does not lower the overall sounding of the album. It maintains a very linear sounding with highlights in the songs "A Search For Numb" and in the suite "The Last Lust". We can't demand a masterpiece from a band that is just on it's debut, but in comparison to it's inspiration Pain of Salvation, they're lightyears behind in the first record.

A good album, once again, that shows a lot of potential, but still, too far from a masterpiece

7/10

Thanks to TheProgtologist for the artist addition. and to aapatsos for the last updates

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