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3.29 | 4 ratings | 4 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sanctum of the Symbol (7:02)
2. Solid of Revolution (7:38)
3. Root of Infinity (6:07)
4. Penumbra (5:48)
5. The Empty Set (9:41)
6. Potamos (9:22)

Total Time 45:38

Line-up / Musicians

- Alfredo Vicente / vocals
- Raul Valentine / guitars
- Rick Albertini / bass
- Xavier / drums

Releases information

CD Independent (2008)

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ALITHEIA Chthonick ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(0%)
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ALITHEIA Chthonick reviews

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Review by Slartibartfast
3 stars "A complex ebb-and-flow of uncompromising experimentation blends atmospheric dreamscapes with eruptive onslaught and rounds it all out with thought-provoking prose, resulting in an emotive and penetrating progressive rock sound." was the blurb that got me interested in trying out these guys without giving a listen first. A lot of that bears out and I'd have a hard time saying it better.

I wasn't expecting something so metal from that blurb. Not being a big fan of metal in prog, probably due to liking other things and a lack of too much exploration there, I've still given it a good hearing. I've been more impressed with other progressive releases in 2008, still these guys are an excellent band musically with many elements to appeal to the fellow prog fans who aren't all that metally inclined. On the fence about this album.

Review by Rivertree
3 stars Melodic prog metal from Miami/Florida with significant interfaces to Fates Warning and Tool. Not meant as they are plagiarizing with the sound but you all know - comparisons are coming up automatically when listening to new stuff. Here we have a relatively young band which started in 2001 and it took some years until they formed a solid line-up to produce their first album. ALITHEIA's uniqueness is reasoned with Alfredo Vicente's vocals and first of all with an excellent varied guitar work by Raul Valentine alternating between heavy rocking, psychedelic and metal riffing of course within the elaborated recordings. The band's rhythm section is also doing a very good job what I don't want to forget to mention.

The songs are worked out with a blend of dynamic eruptive and atmospheric melodic sentiments which becomes clear immediately when listening to the album opener Sanctum Of The Symbol. This sounds really flawless and doesn't rank behind their paragons. Besides the following lesser heavy rocking tune Solid Of Revolution the band offers Root Of Infinity which is surprisingly supplied with guitar echoes remembering me at Pink Floyd (yes!) for the first minutes. And this provides the song with a special melancholy - wow - my highlight of the album! The gripping Penumbra is another song processed by the band as a special unity with excellent guitar work. The Empty Set shows them starting relaxed with a nice flow until bass and drums are suddenly initiating a more powerful mood. A psychedelic guitar interlude is also given later. Potamos finally makes sure to have some growling moments on the other hand.

I can attest ALITHEIA to be successful with 'Chthonick' as for the start. Yes, I like this album very much after hearing it for several times because of its special easy-going mood and I'm prognosting them a hopeful future with more matured albums by improving their style. A recommended addition for melodic prog metal and even art rock fans who are feeling comfortable on the heavier side - 3.5 stars really with a trend upwards!

Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Pretty nice debut album from the US outfit.

Their chosen musical style resides somewhere in between progressive rock and progressive metal; with the guitar as the dominating and driving instrument. The band utilize relatively complex patterns as an effect throughout, first and foremost witnessed by the drums and aforementioned guitar; and aren't afraid to throw in the odd disharmonic element at times either.

Going back and forth between undistorted electric guitar licks and slick but heavy guitar riffs, with swirlign echoing explorations as a variety on the former and slow riff patterns, drawn out riffs and quirky riff patterns with distorted and disharmonic elements as variations on the latter, the mood and atmosphere created is a peculiar one - albeit one first and foremost giving off associations towards the darker aspects of life.

Peculiar vocals is the odd element out here though, a strong, melodic voice often used in a non-melodic fashion - most times by following a different melody line than the composition - and will be probably be regarded as an alienating feature by some listeners. Still, worthwhile investigating if you'd like to investigate an act exploring musical landscapes not overly populated by other bands.

Latest members reviews

5 stars Hailing from Miami, Florida comes a promising new talent in prog rock/metal. Alitheia (from the Greek for ''not forgetting'' and ''truth'') is one of the more unique bands I've ever listened to. In their lyrics, an ethereal subject matter is explored making for the entire concept of their album ... (read more)

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