Social Scream proves Thrash is alive and well.
Social Scream is a Heavy Metal band hailing from Sparta, Greece, that was formed in 2008. Made up of Vlasis Diamantakos (Guitars, Vocals), Giannis Lymberakos (Guitars), Alexandros Oikonomou (Bass) and Dimitris Kiousis (Drums), the boys were originally a cover band, but after a while they decided to blossom their own concept, and fast forward to today, they now have three albums under their belts: Epiclesis from 2014, Initiation To the Myths in 2018 and the latest Organic Mindset that was released on the 10th of March 2020.
The first single off the album was 'Truth Divider' which came out in 2019, you can already hear a shift in their music as while it's still Metal with Heavy and Thrash tones, they got rid of the Keyboard and the overly brutal vocals of the first two records. And it seems like it worked, as the band received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. At the moment Social Scream is busy re-recording old material, demos and tracks from the first two releases, that will be published as the new album titled From Ashes To Hope that will be out soon.
But that's not the reason we're here today, it's actually for their latest single, 'World of Shadows' which is straight up Thrash gold! Social Scream cite inspiration from a wide range of the genre's greats, but the one I hear the most is quite clearly Metallica.
'World of Shadows' starts strong with a high tempo beat and some brilliant riffs, this intro goes on for around a minute before singer Vlasis adds his voice to the fray. The track chugs along great and really hearkens back to the glory days (the 80's for you youngins) of Heavy Metal and the vocal content really fits well with the song's overall feel.
Social Scream is a band that have done it right in my mind, they began as a cover act, paying tribute to their favourite artists, all the while learning all they could from those same musicians. It was once guitarist and singer Vlasis Diamantakos felt the need to express himself do I think they really hit their stride, that time spent as a cover group honed their skills, leading up to where they are now, a Thrash Metal band to be reckoned with.
If old school Metallica is your jam, then look no further.