Sigh… yet another band playing Melodic Death Metal. Well, at least this ECHIDNA (A half monster/half woman creature in Greek mythology) add some Thrash-y bits to keep things a little more lively and rocking. Not to say that we have an original band here but it at least is pretty enjoyable.
The core of their music consists of solid Death/Thrash riffs provided by Nikos and Panos on which the band expands with melodic lead playing and small and not too ambiguous Progressive parts that add a nice touch. I specifically like the adventurous bass loops that bassist Nikos Metaxas plays, they add a bit of melody as well as maintain a good rhythm. Sometimes they get downright Neo-Classical, like in “Depleted”. Add to that a few good fast solos and an overall pretty atmospheric riff section and you’ve got some pretty decent Melo-Death/Thrash.
Vocally there are no surprises, just your standard not too extreme Death metal vocals. The best thing about ECHIDNA though is something that they don’t have: keyboards, which is often the reason why modern Melo-Death bores me - instead, the Greeks improvise with some great guitar and bass melodies and subtle drum breaks that are infinitely more interesting then the tried old keys/synth loops. Well done. (Online October 12, 2006)