by Nick Drivas
- Believe In Nothing
- All Of You
- You Don’t Belong To The Stars
- The Last Days Of Our Youth
- When Nightmares Are Most Alive
- Anima Triste
Release Date: October 2016
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Anima Triste are a darkwave post-punk band from Athens. They started out in 2014 and have been gigging around quite a bit. In October 2016 they managed to put out their debut album “Anima Triste“. By listening to their first full length effort you are confronted by their sheer force. What you get is a powerful outfit that has an immense sound. We’re talking about a band that has managed to put all their influences together and still keeping a fresh sound. The darkwave post-punk elements of their music, together with their dramatic theatrical flair, is what one can say is their trademark.
The opener “Believe In Nothing” features Mad Sad’s (vox) theatrical approach in the way he delivers the vocals. On “All Of You“, a track that can be considered a single since it has an official video made for it (see below), we start to get struck by Grego’s great guitar work. Here we see the band move in more coldwave areas which they adopt nicely into their sound. “Idiocracy” that follows is becoming something of a favorite. I was lucky to see them preform live in December when they were one of the supporting bands for the Garden Of Delight 25th Anniversary show. They blew the crowd away with a fantastic performance. They managed to deliver on stage the sound of the album perfectly, or on second thought, I think they managed to capture their live sound in the studio! The rhythm section, consisting of Jimmi C (drums) and Gus Black (bass) are a great duet together. Just right for an outfit that lurks in the darkwave post-punk genre. The brooding basslines in general really give the whole album its characteristic tone.
Tracks like “Dirt“, “You Don’t Belong To The Stars” and “The Last Days Of Our Youth” show a more punkier side of the band, whereas on slower tracks like “Misery” and “Obliviate” that feature Panos Tsekouras on theremin (giving an extra eerie feel to the atmosphere), we find the bands darker side. Melodic melancholy one can say, where you can hear loved elements from the past like those by the masters of the kind, The Cure, but delivered in a modern way sounding a bit like French coldwave band Soror Dolorosa. The album ends with “When Nightmares Are Most Alive” that sums up band’s sound climaxing with the eponymous “Anima Triste“. Thumping tribal drums, dark melodic guitar riffs and on the top of it all Mad Sad’s passionate vocal.
Its difficult nowadays to find a four piece guitar driven band that can offer something fresh at a time when anything post-punk has been revisited especially by those of a more minimal (synth driven) direction. Anima Triste manage this, and on record and on stage, with an album that seems to grow on you every time you listen to it.