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ACID DEATH were formed in 1989 and recorded their first and only demo, Rotation of Insanity in 1990. After many line up changes till 1991, the band became steady with: Savvas BETINIS (bass/vocals), Dennis KOSTOPOULOS (guitars), Themis KATSIMICHAS (guitars) and Kostas TSOMPANOS (drums). This was the line-up with which they recorded their first official recording, the miniLP Balance of Power in 1992. The recording was meant to stay in the shelf for more that 18 years and to see the light in 2008 when the band was inactive with the form of free digital downloading. ACID DEATH made to deal with the only Heavy Metal label that Greece had back in 1993, MOLON LAVE records for creating a 7 EP using some material from that mini LP. This was band's official debut, the 7 EP, Apathy Murders Hope. Two years later the band recorded and released a split album, titled Misled/Deformed beyond Belief, with Spanish extreme metal act AVULSED THROUGH MOL on Lave Records.

In 1997, after finishing the Military Services, the band made a deal with a new independent Greek label, Metal Mad Music, for the recording and releasing of their first official full-length album entitled Pieces of Mankind. The album showed a good deal of technical skill in performance and song structure but was rather under-appreciated due to being practically an underground production. Drawing most of its lyrical influences from Stephen King novels (in particular The Dark Tower and The Green Mile) and esoteric topics (such as substance abuse) and musically similar to bands like Death, Pieces of Mankind showed that the band could have what it takes to become a new big name in the Greek metal scene. Pieces Of Mankind was re-released in 1999 by the English COPRO Records gaining more popularity, giving ACID DEATH a stronger name in the underground scene. However, shortly after the completion of the album and re-issue, guitarist Themis KATSIMICHAS left the band who hired Nikos ANDREADAKIS (guitars/keyboards) to replace him.

In 2000, the band signed a deal with Black Lotus records releasing its second full-length album, Random's Manifest. This album saw the band leaning more towards a pure death metal sound than the thrashy and more technical sound of Pieces of Mankind. The new album, although capable in its own right, was probably not what the fans expected of this act. The provocative cover was censored creating some kind of trouble to the band and although the criticism was positive enough the band...
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3.00 | 1 ratings
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2.00 | 1 ratings
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 Random's Manifest by ACID DEATH album cover Studio Album, 2000
2.00 | 1 ratings

Random's Manifest
Acid Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
2 stars Which one of you is Acid Death ?

Acid Death returned from a very good debut album to release this, their second album. Acid Death was always an untraditional band. Their base were in the thrash/death metal scene, but they were not confined to thrash/death metal. On this album, they are everywhere. From glam metal to jazz to eclectic prog to nu-metal. The result is an album that starts off like a decent thrash metal album and then totally goes of the hook to everywhere. That does not make a coherent album. This almost a compilation album with various Acid Death's constellations.

In short; this is a mess with some decent contributions. There are some good stuff here, but the album is fatally flawed by being this diverse. It is like eating beef with strawberry jam. Not a good combination.

2 stars

 Pieces Of Mankind by ACID DEATH album cover Studio Album, 1997
3.00 | 1 ratings

Pieces Of Mankind
Acid Death Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

— First review of this album —
3 stars How memories change. I reviewed this album back in 1999. What I wrote back then is not what you will read here.

Acid Death is a Greek metal band. They have actually reformed again and is about to release a brand new album, according to today's update on their Facebook page.

Acid Death has it's roots in thrash metal. But Pieces Of Mankind, their debut album is so much more varied than that. It takes in a wide varieties of styles and melody lines. That includes symph prog and avant-garde prog too. The vocals are clearly thrash metal with a half screaming vocalist. Acid Death is also very technical at times. But always with an eye for a good melody line. The result is therefore pretty melodic. It still has some hard edges though. Comparissons are Sepultura, Machine Head and those bands who mostly has passed me by. I am no fan of the new metal scene which has implemented thrash metal and hardcore into a new type of metal. Nu-metal or whatever they calls it. But this album is one of the few which I tolerates from this scene.

3 stars

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