I was reading a post on this Greek blog today, about the first two releases of the band Nexus.
Actualy, people can download them for free from there…
One of these releases is very rare nowdays so why not to write a couple of things about it (a post about Nexus in general can be found here).
Two years after the release of the album “Brilliant Mistakes” in 1996, Mike Pougounas decided to leave the Flowers Of Romance.
So, late on 1998 he formed the industrial/gothic band Nexus.
The Flowers Of Romance soon after that, were no more.
The material of the first Nexus release was recorded soon after Pougounas’s decision , as guitar player Lefteris Strouggaris (former Flowers Of Romance member) drummer Vangelis Papachristopoulos (former member of the heavy metal band Divorce) and bass player Costas Spanos, joined the band.
On December 1998, the first self-titled CD/EP of Nexus was released.
There was a surprise waiting for the Flowers Of Romance fans though.
The 3 featured songs had Greek lyrics and this was an industrial band with a very different sound from that of the Flowers Of Romance’s.
The “Nexus” EP is considered as the first Greek industrial release .
“Parania” (engl. Paranoia ελλ. Παράνοια) that is opening the EP, is an aggressive guitars and industrial sounds combo, influenced by bands such as the Nine Inch Nails, Fear Factory and Killing Joke.
The 8 minutes remix of this track, “Parania (Hellraiser mix)” is even closer to the sound of Killing Joke, of the days of the “Pandemonium” album.
As these songs were not “radio friendly” because of the aggressive sound and with lyric themes about drug abuse, the Greek radio stations had on rotation the second track of the EP, “Mia Petalouda Pou Kaike Sto Fos” (engl. A butterfly that got burned in the light ελλ. Μια Πεταλουδα Που Κάηκε Στο Φως).
These songs were also recorded with English lyrics but the English versions never saw the light of day.
“Nexus” was the very first sign of the musical pathway the band was about to walk on for the following four albums (one with Greek lyrics and three with English).
More informations and sounds can be found here.